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August 27, 2015

Chicago District Approves $5.7 Billion Budget That Relies Heavily on Outside Aid

The district is banking on state assistance, a property tax increase, and borrowed funds to get through the school year.

August 25, 2015

Chicago Residents Stage Hunger Strike to Preserve Neighborhood School

The Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School has lobbied for years on behalf of the school. A hunger strike by members has entered its second week.

August 04, 2015

Select Chicago Principals to Get More Autonomy, Less Oversight

The Chicago school district will tap 25 high-performing school leaders who also have a strong record on school operations and community partnerships.

July 31, 2015

Chicago Changes the Start Time at 82 Schools To Save Money

Chicago is staggering the start of the school day in a move it hopes will cut $13.5 million in transportation costs.

July 16, 2015

Rahm Emanuel Names New Leaders for Chicago Schools

The new leadership team comes to a district facing a host of financial challenges, including a $1.1 billion budget deficit in the upcoming school year.

July 16, 2015

A New Leader for Embattled Chicago Public Schools?

Reports say that Forrest Claypool, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief-of-staff and former head of the city's transit authority, will be appointed as CEO of the nation's third-largest school system.

July 01, 2015

Chicago District Makes $634 Million Pension Payment, But at a Cost: 1,400 Jobs

The cash-strapped district had sought an extension from the state to make the payments, arguing that it could not do so in full without impacting the classrooms.

June 24, 2015

Chicago Public School District Owes $634 Million in Pension Funds. Can It Pay?

The district is strapped for cash, faces a $1.1 billion deficit, and may be unable to make its full $634 million pension payment due by the end of June.

June 02, 2015

Rahm Emanuel Appoints New Members to Chicago School Board

The new appointments come on the heels of the resignation of the schools chief amid an ongoing federal investigation into a no-bid contract awarded by the school board.

June 01, 2015

Chicago Schools CEO Resigns Amid Federal Probe

Barbara Byrd-Bennett's resignation comes as federal officials investigate a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to one of her former employers.

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