NEWS articles

Shedd program gives science teachers a taste of marine research

Ten science teachers will spend a week aboard the Shedd Aquarium's 80-foot research vessel. They hope use their experiences to bring science to life for their students.

over 6 years ago | Samantha Liss

CSU contract questioned in audit provided books to African students

The $930,000 contract was part of a three-year program to provide basic textbooks on math and reading to elementary schools in Ghana.

over 6 years ago | Peter Sachs

CPS fires 558 workers to cut costs

The cuts are an attempt to save about $100 million, a fraction of the district's deficit. Officials estimate the shortfall is at least $475 million and up to $600 million.

over 6 years ago | Adrian G. Uribarri

Report: Chicago's public schools making little progress in student achievement

The report says gains on a state achievement test have little to do with improvements in student performance, and it praises charter schools as a way to educational reform.

over 6 years ago | Adrian G. Uribarri

Students brace for the worst as cuts to state grants loom

Some are looking for extra work or may take on extra loans to pay for tuition this year. Others may transfer or drop out if they can’t come up with enough money, students say.

over 6 years ago | Peter Sachs

Study: Teacher turnover 'chronically' high at Chicago schools

The lack of stability at about 100 Chicago schools especially affects low-income black children, according to a University of Chicago study. Teachers usually leave because of low parental involvement or student misbehavior.

over 6 years ago | Adrian G. Uribarri

State board approves major cuts to student financial aid

One of the state's main financial aid programs won't issue grants for the Spring 2010 term. Students already approved for grants will see their allotments cut.

over 6 years ago | Peter Sachs

City Colleges takes on book publisher over prices

Math professors at the district want a big publisher to give them volume discounts, since nearly every campus uses the same electronic book. Textbook prices have been steadily climbing in recent years.

over 6 years ago | Peter Sachs

CPS to provide testing for STDs

Teenagers account for more than 60 percent of new sexually transmitted disease cases in Chicago. CPS and the city public health department have joined together to improve testing and treatment.

over 6 years ago | Alex Parker

CPS officials to cut teachers at several schools

District administrators say the layoffs are related to enrollment declines, not budget cuts meant to stem a $475 million district shortfall.

over 6 years ago | Adrian G. Uribarri

Student group tackles City Colleges budget

Public Action for Change Today is deciphering the City Colleges of Chicago's budget as part of a summer leadership program. They might eventually recommend that the district give students more of a voice.

over 6 years ago | Peter Sachs

Residents concerned over proposed DePaul street closure

DePaul University's 10-year master plan calls for turning part of Kenmore Avenue into a pedestrian mall. Some neighbors say the street is an important thoroughfare.

over 6 years ago | Samantha Liss

Mayor's influence figures in City Colleges discrimination case

Ramona Shaw, a top City Colleges administrator, was fired in late 2006. While the district says she was insubordinate, she claims political meddling kept her from a promotion.

over 6 years ago | Peter Sachs

New performance policy would raise bar for CPS schools

The Board of Education will consider guidelines that include new requirements for state test scores. The policy is part of the district's turn-around plan for struggling schools.

over 6 years ago | Adrian G. Uribarri

DePaul neighbors weigh school's expansion plan

The university recently unveiled a 10-year master plan that includes adding a 140-room hotel, dorms and 44,000 square feet of retail space to its Lincoln Park campus.

over 6 years ago | Samantha Liss