Tuesday marks the last day of school for Chicago Public Schools students.
A WBEZ analysis shows that Fs spiked and attendance plummeted primarily at high schools serving mostly low-income students.
The problem is worse on Chicago’s South and West sides, where many schools see more than half their requests for substitute teachers turned down.
After 26 years with the mayor in charge, Chicago Public Schools is on the verge of monumental change as it looks ahead to an elected board.
Special education services were severely disrupted when schools closed in spring 2020. In many places, they have yet to fully resume. Now, families are demanding schools take action.
José Torres will replace outgoing CEO Janice Jackson, who leaves at the end of June. CPS hopes to name a permanent CEO by the end of July.
Undergraduate college enrollment fell again this spring, down nearly 5% from a year ago. “It’s really the end of a truly frightening year for higher education,” one researcher says.
Two experts share strategies for preventing the so-called “summer slide,” or what some are now calling the “pandemic plummet.”
After missing so much in their last year, seniors are savoring prom. “I walked in and I was already crying,” one joyful Senn High grad said.
Meet four high school seniors from the Chicago area and listen as they share stories of a senior year like no other.