Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's planned initiative to provide free City Colleges of Chicago tuition to Chicago Public Schools students with at least a "B" average contains another little-known requirement that makes it harder to win the "Star Scholarship."
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials were in the hot seat at a City Hall hearing on Tuesday over enrollment standards for the school district's most selective public high schools. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the hearing.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district announced Wednesday that it will increase funding for school budgets next year by $70 million. But education experts and activists stopped short of calling it a big boost for schools.
"It's really not an increase. It's less of a decrease," said Eric 'Rico' Gutstein, faculty associate with the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education.
CPS plans to reduce central office spending and use a one-time accounting adjustment so it can allocate the extra $70 million, which will be used to increase its base per-student funding amount by $250.
It looks like a good chunk of the extra per-pupil funds sent to schools would help to offset inflation and contractually-required pay bumps for teachers, CPS spokesman Joel Hood told the Chicago Sun-Times. Next year, the Chicago Teachers Union is owed a 2 percent teacher pay hike, which will reportedly come out to be no less than $50 million.
West Side education activist Dwayne Truss with the Raise Your Hand education coalition called the per-student funding increase "just a wash."
"You're not gaining much from last year other than being able to just hold on to what you already have," he said.
Elementary students who attend schools run by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district are largely outperforming their counterparts at charters and other privately-run elementary schools in the city in math and reading on state exams, a recent analysis shows.
Excessive testing is taking the life out of education, according to a
group of Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students who
dressed like zombies and marched from the district’s headquarters in
Chicago to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at city hall Friday evening.
Calling themselves “the learning dead,” the students, organized by the Chicago Student Union (CSO), protested the “death of Chicago’s public education system.”
proponents of standardized testing say it helps to close the
achievement gap, roughly a dozen students claimed on Friday that
high-stakes testing takes up valuable instruction time and negatively
impacts student learning.
“I love to learn, but because
education officials put so much emphasis on standardized testing — they
use it to measure school success, measure teacher success, measure
student success — teachers are forced to teach to the test and that really
limits what we can do in the classroom,” said Charlie Murphy, 16, a
junior at Lane Technical College Prep High School and member of the CSO.