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October 10, 2017

Chance the Rapper Teams Up With Lyft to Support Arts Education in Chicago

Passengers who use the ride-sharing service Lyft will be able to round up their fares to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to the New Chance: Arts & Literature Fund, which supports arts education in the city's public schools.

July 21, 2017

In Chicago, Enrollment Decline and Funding Uncertainties Lead to Smaller School Budgets

The district expects its schools' budgets for the next school year to be smaller than the current year, in part because of projected decline in student enrollment and loss of federal funds.

May 31, 2017

Chicago Schools Will Open on Time, District Chief Pledges

Chicago schools CEO Forrest Claypool continues to denounce the way that the state of Illinois funds its public schools, arguing that the Chicago school system is being shortchanged on its share of K-12 aid.

April 28, 2017

Illinois Judge Dismisses Chicago Funding-Discrimination Lawsuit Against the State

The Chicago school district sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state board of education alleging that state school funding discriminated against Chicago's largely poor, Hispanic, and black students.

April 28, 2017

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Former Chicago Schools CEO, Sentenced to Prison

A judge sentenced Byrd-Bennett to more than four years for her role in a more than $20 million kickback scheme while she was superintendent of the Chicago schools.

April 10, 2017

Feds Seek 89-Month Sentence for Former Chicago CEO in Corruption Case

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the former CEO Chicago Public Schools, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud for her role in steering more than $20 million in no-bid contracts to SUPES Academy.

March 07, 2017

Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools

The Grammy-award winning rapper, who attended Chicago public schools, urged companies to donate to the city's schools and pledged to give $10,000 for every $100,000 donated.

February 27, 2017

Chicago District Threatens Shorter Year; Summer School Cancellation

City education leaders say they may be forced to cut the school year short by nearly two weeks and take other drastic steps unless a judge acts to force the state to make up for millions of dollars in lost aid to Chicago's schools.

February 23, 2017

Chicago Latino Advisory Committee Members Quit Over Budget Cuts

Members of the Chicago school district's Latino Advisory Committee said that district budget cuts fell disproportionately on schools with Latino students.

February 16, 2017

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Seeking Elected Chicago School Board

Under a 1995 law, the seven members of the Chicago school board are appointed by the city's mayor. Chicago is the only district in Illinois that does not have an elected school board.

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