Press Releases 

April 24, 2014 through April 24, 2017

April 2017

April 22, 2017
Media Availability: 1:30 p.m. At Christian Faith For All Nations
April 05, 2017
Class of 2020 Will Demonstrate Thoughtful Postsecondary Plans to Receive Diplomas
April 03, 2017
Diverse Group of 6 CPS High Schools Will Participate in Cutting-Edge Pilot Program

February 2017

February 25, 2017
Public-Private Partnerships led by BMO Financial Group Provide Opportunity for Students Across City to Participate in Sports 
Families Can Get More Information for Spring Season at
February 24, 2017
Budget Deficit Expands to $129 Million; Only Remaining Savings Options Are More Painful
February 14, 2017
In Education Funding Complaint Under Illinois’ Civil Rights Act, Plaintiffs Demand That State’s ‘Separate and Unequal’ Systems Be Declared Unlawful
February 06, 2017
Half of Schools’ Remaining Non-Salary Funds Will Be Frozen, Along with Additional Central Office Streamlining and Proportionate Charter Reduction

January 2017

January 27, 2017
New Partnership with Chicago’s Corporate Community Aims to Recruit and Train STEM Professionals to Become Teachers in High Needs Communities
January 21, 2017
Curriculum at Three Neighborhood Elementary Schools Will Be Reshaped to Deliver High-Quality IB Programming to Prepare Students for High School
January 13, 2017

December 2016

December 20, 2016
Second Year of Tutoring Program Will Provide Students at 124 Schools with Academic Supports
December 14, 2016
CPS is First Large Urban District to Be Named to AP District Honor Roll for Four Consecutive Years
December 08, 2016
Fitch, Kroll Determine Capital Improvement Tax Bonds Are Investment Grade Ahead of Pricing Next Week
December 05, 2016
High School Bound Website Allows Students to Research High Schools Based on Interests, Location, School Data, Eligibility, and Program Type
December 02, 2016
Expansion of IB Programming Follows Release of New Data Showing IB-Enrolled Students Excelling and Better Prepared for College
December 02, 2016
District Adds $600 Million in Projects for Total of $938 Million in Capital Investments - Three Public Meetings to Be Held Dec. 5
December 01, 2016
District Also Announces Community Meetings to Discuss Possible Jenner-Ogden Merger

November 2016

November 08, 2016
Public Feedback Will Be Gathered on Revised Budget Incorporating Final CTU Contract
November 03, 2016
New Partnership is a Joint Effort by CPS and the Chicago Public Education Fund to Support Principal Quality Initiatives and Recruit High Quality School Leaders

October 2016

October 21, 2016
CPS Distributes Nearly $13 Million in Program Support for Schools with Enrollment Challenges
October 17, 2016
October 06, 2016
Over 80 Percent of Schools Achieve Scores in the Top 3 Rating Levels
October 04, 2016
CPS Continues to Work to Prevent Strike By Offering Teachers a Healthy Net Raise  All Schools Will Be Open to Provide Students with Meals, and Activities During the Potential Strike

September 2016

September 28, 2016
40.6 Percent of 2016 Graduates Earned At Least One of Six Early College and Career Credentials
September 26, 2016
District’s Program Support Will Be Used to Minimize Additional Teacher Layoffs, Help Protect Classrooms and Continue CPS’ Academic Gains
September 22, 2016
Restorative Approaches to Discipline Have Reduced Out-of-School Suspensions by 67 Percent and Expulsion by 74 Percent
September 20, 2016
CPS Students Set New District-High Composite Score of 18.4; Continue Achievement Gains Since 2011
September 07, 2016
Freshman On-Track Rate Reaches Record High of 87.4 Percent; Dropout Rate Hits Record Low of 6.8 Percent
September 05, 2016
Gains Come from Every Network and All Types of CPS Schools, With Neighborhood Schools Growing 4.6 Points
September 04, 2016
Proven Model for Safety Has Added More Than 100 Routes Since 2011
September 02, 2016
With Continued Expansion of College-Level Coursework and New Online Tools, More Students Receive Aid to Reduce Financial Barrier of Going to College
September 01, 2016
District Launches #ImCPS Campaign Promoting Stories of Success Across District

August 2016

August 28, 2016
Students Outpace their Peers Nationwide; Attainment and Growth in Math and Reading Exceed Last Year’s High Marks
August 24, 2016
District Continues to Invest in Schools While Reducing Overall Operating Budget, Cutting $232 Million in Spending over Last Year
August 22, 2016
Comprehensive Air Conditioning Project to be Completed One Year Ahead of Schedule
August 16, 2016
District’s attendance rate climbs to 93.4 percent from 93.2 percent, the equivalent of an additional two hours of instruction time for every CPS student
August 08, 2016
District Continues to Invest in Schools While Reducing Overall Operating Budget, Cutting $232 Million in Spending over Last Year
August 04, 2016
Back-to-School Kickoff Events Will Feature Free School Supplies, Food, Entertainment and Access to Immunizations
August 02, 2016
Students in CPS, Nation’s Largest IB Network, Will Now Receive College Credit at all State Colleges and Universities for Passing IB Exams

June 2016

June 13, 2016
District, home to nation’s largest network of IB programming, releases report detailing higher rates of high school graduation, college enrollment and persistence for those participating in IB coursework
June 09, 2016
Students Will Discuss Plans for a Peaceful Summer and Take a Student-Created Peace Pledge
June 06, 2016
ISP Program Doubled by Adding 27 Principals; Chicago Principal Fellows Expands by One-Fourth by Adding 25 Principals
June 01, 2016
Annual Seal of Biliteracy Awards to Honor Record Number of CPS Students

May 2016

May 26, 2016
More Than 2,000 School Funding Advocates Convene in Capitol for Equity in Education Funding Day
May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016
Proven SAGA Tutorial Program to Double from 800 to 1,600 Students Next School Year
May 12, 2016
CPS Leads Nation in Gates Scholarship Recipients for 7th Time in 8 Years
May 10, 2016
May 04, 2016
Newest Site Builds on Mayor’s Commitment to Double Parental Engagement Centers by 2019
May 03, 2016
Guidelines Create More Inclusive Environment for Greater CPS Community

April 2016

April 27, 2016
New Policy is the Product of Extensive Community Engagement
April 19, 2016
Community Leaders Reject Gov. Rauner’s $74 Million Budget Cut
April 16, 2016
Parties’ Jan. 29 Agreement is ‘Most Reasonable Approach to an Extremely Difficult Situation’; Claypool Urges CTU Leadership to Return to Bargaining Table Instead of Preparing for Strike
April 12, 2016
April 08, 2016
Rogers Park High School Acknowledged for Rethinking Learning for Diverse Populations
April 08, 2016
Teachers and Tech Coordinators Honored at CPS’ Annual ‘Tech Talk’ For Leadership, Innovation in Using Educational Technology Resources

March 2016

March 29, 2016
Contingency Sites Will Keep Students Safe, Fed and Engaged During the April 1 Teacher Strike
March 24, 2016
To Keep Students Safe, Fed and Engaged During Teacher Walkout, CPS Will Partner with Chicago Parks and Libraries
March 04, 2016
CPS Extends Deadline for Parents and Community Members until March 18, 2016
March 03, 2016

February 2016

February 29, 2016
School Budgets Reduced by $85 Million This Year, Affecting 62 Employees CPS Worked with Principals on Reductions to Minimize Classroom Impacts
February 26, 2016
NABE Conference Will Be Held March 2-5 and Feature Remarks from CEdO Janice Jackson on Thursday, March 3
February 24, 2016
CPS Continues to Lead the Nation in Computer Science and STEM Education
February 24, 2016
Drake is the 12th Former School Site to be Repurposed or Sold Following the 2013 School Actions
February 12, 2016
Reforms and Restorative Justice Approach to Discipline Bring More Than 65 Percent Reduction in Suspensions and 57 Percent Drop in Expulsions Since 2013
February 09, 2016
Leadership Continues to Negotiate with CTU to Finalize Agreement
February 03, 2016
February 02, 2016
February 01, 2016

January 2016

January 29, 2016
New Rule to Safeguard Equal Opportunity for All Students in Selective Enrollment Placement
January 27, 2016
CPS Will Host Kick-Off Event Tomorrow to Encourage Community Involvement
January 22, 2016
January 19, 2016
January 11, 2016
Funds generated by tobacco tax to provide high school preparation for 20,000 incoming freshmen
January 04, 2016

December 2015

November 2015

November 25, 2015
Thorough Review Process Ensures Diverse Learners Receive the Resources Outlined in Their Plans
November 23, 2015
Chicago Receives National Recognition for Participation Rate & Success of African-American and Latino Students on AP Exams
November 17, 2015
Chicago Students Are 20% of State Enrollment, Chicago Taxpayers Provide 20% of Education Funding, Yet CPS Receives Only 15% of State Funding
November 13, 2015
StoryCorps Asks High School Students Across the U.S. to Interview a Grandparent or Another Elder over Thanksgiving Weekend Using New Free StoryCorps Mobile App
November 11, 2015
November 05, 2015
Proposed Closures Follow Last Week’s Adoption of Strengthened Charter Accountability Policy

October 2015

October 28, 2015
Sale of Former Stewart School Represents the Fifth Former School Site Sale in Three Months
October 28, 2015
October 27, 2015
Significant reduction in the lowest rated schools and an uptick in the highest rated schools
October 26, 2015
October 23, 2015
CPS Increases Funding Rate for Programs that Support Low-Income Students and High Poverty Schools
October 20, 2015
FCC Awards a $38 Million Grant to Improve Bandwidth in Schools, Accelerate Chicago’s Computer Science Initiative by One Year
October 02, 2015
Improved growth on ACT scores, freshmen-on-track rates and graduation rates; CPS also revises graduation rate calculation to ensure transparency in growth
October 01, 2015
Latest Personnel Changes Bring Central Office Savings to More Than $9 Million
October 01, 2015
Draft criteria uphold 5-year moratorium on facility closures due to academics or underutilization

September 2015

September 29, 2015
Leadership Urges Principals, Parents and Community Members to Share Any Specific Concerns About Specific Students’ Needs
September 29, 2015
Selective Enrollment School will Expand to Serve 7th and 8th Grades, Providing a Continuum for Learning on the Far South Side of the City
September 29, 2015
Former School Site Will Be Redeveloped to Incorporate Residential Housing and a Community Theater
September 25, 2015
CPS working with schools with changes in enrollment to ensure smooth operations for school community
September 25, 2015
SQRP Steering Committee Recommends Adjustments After ACT Provides Test That Was Previously Administered and Available Online
September 25, 2015
Public Hearings Being Held To Receive Public Comment on Submitted Charter School Proposals
September 24, 2015
Principal Beulah McLoyd Will Serve as Dyett’s New Principal After Ushering in Years Of Progress at Michele Clark High School in Austin
September 23, 2015
Proposed Boundaries Match Previous Boundaries for Dyett High School
September 21, 2015
Technology and Arts Committees, Made Up of Industry Experts, Will Provide Strategic Guidance on Key Aspects of the New Dyett
September 16, 2015
Strict Reforms Put In Place After Review Uncovers Nearly $1.5 Million in Central Office Food Spending
September 09, 2015
Smooth Start to School Year With Proactive Community Outreach Effort
September 08, 2015
140 Schools Offer Safe Passage Routes this School Year; Program Has Added Over 100 Schools Since 2011
September 03, 2015
School Will Focus on Performing, Visual and Digital Arts; Innovation Lab will offer Technology Training for the Community and Area Schools
September 01, 2015
Board of Education Hosting Community Meetings for Public Comment On Charter Proposals

August 2015

August 26, 2015
Accenture LLC completes thorough review of CPS' sole source contract process
August 26, 2015
Budget Includes Spending Reductions across the Board; Relies on Springfield Treating Chicago’s Children the Same as Students across Illinois
August 24, 2015
New Program Provides 28 Leading Principals with Greater Autonomy to Innovate and Educate
August 20, 2015
Committees Will Provide New Administration with 
Recommendations to Address Challenges Facing the District
August 12, 2015
New Employees Will Not Be Eligible For Pickup, Which Will Be Phased Out For Existing Employees
August 10, 2015
Budget Relies on Springfield Treating Chicago’s Children Equally
August 10, 2015
40 Schools Keep New Times, 8 Others Agree to an Alternative;New Schedule Will Reduce Transportation Costs by $5 Million
August 07, 2015
August 06, 2015
District Will Again Utilize NWEA MAP as Unified Assessment for All Selective Enrollment Applicants
August 06, 2015
August 06, 2015
August 05, 2015
Read (CPS) CEO Forrest Claypool's statement
August 04, 2015
CPS CEO Forrest Claypool issued the following statement about the Senate passing the education reform bill, S.B. 318.
August 03, 2015
New Program to Provide 25 Leading Principals with Greater Autonomy to Innovate and Educate
August 02, 2015
An Op-Ed by CPS CEO Forrest Claypool (Chicago Tribune)*

July 2015

July 30, 2015
Staggered Bus Schedules to Relieve Transportation Costs; Full List of Changes in Bell Times Below
July 22, 2015
Leadership Team and Newly-Appointed Board President, Frank M. Clark, Will Continue the Progress CPS Has Made in the Classroom While Addressing Financial Challenges
July 22, 2015
Agreements Reached to Sell Near North, Von Humboldt and Overton to Buyers That Will Meet Community Preferences For Each Location
July 13, 2015
CPS Continues to Explore Options to Address Structural Deficit and Bring Economic Stability to the District

June 2015

June 25, 2015
District Plans to Add Seven More Schools This Fall
June 24, 2015
Contract Part of Strategy to Deliver a Demand-Driven and Cost-Effective Nursing Model to All Schools
June 24, 2015
Software Portal Will Allow School Leaders to Make Secure Software Purchases
June 19, 2015
“Put the Guns Down” campaign features motivational pep rally with anti-violence message
June 02, 2015
Program Offers Parents and Guardians an Alternative While School is out of Session

May 2015

May 28, 2015
CPS Continues Efforts to Make Meetings More Accessible to Residents
May 22, 2015
NAC Members Identify Community Preference on 2014 New Charter School Proposals
May 05, 2015
This Year’s Class Claims Most Millennium Scholars of School Districts Nationwide
May 01, 2015
Financial Challenges Greatly Reduce Investments

April 2015

April 02, 2015
Safe Have Program Provides Students with a Positive and Safe Environment During Spring Break

March 2015

March 26, 2015
New Initiative Represents Next Steps in Mayor Emanuel’s Goal of Doubling Number of Parental Engagement Centers by 2019
March 25, 2015
Updates at Dunne Will Increase Access to STEM Curriculum for Students on the Far South Side
March 19, 2015
District’s Revised Discipline Code Keeps More Students Engaged, On-Track to Graduate
March 16, 2015
CPS Continues to Expand Access to the IB Diploma in Neighborhoods Across the City; Boasts Largest IB Network in the Country
March 06, 2015
June 18 and 19 Are Added as Days of Instruction for Students Following Cancellations Last Month
March 05, 2015
District continues commitment to diverse studies with newest academic program
March 04, 2015
Seal Will Appear on Official Transcripts, Highlighting Language Accomplishment for College Admission and Future Employers
March 02, 2015
Chicago: Ready to Learn! Continues to Expand in Third Year, Offering Equitable Access to High-Quality Early Learning Options for Families Citywide

February 2015

February 18, 2015
Extreme Cold and Wind Chills Could Present a Hazard to Students Traveling to School Tomorrow
February 02, 2015
Substantial Snowfall Presents Dangers to Students Traveling to Schools

January 2015

January 29, 2015
Surplus Properties Have Been on the Market Since 2012
January 22, 2015
January 30 and June 17 Will Become Student Attendance Days Following Class Cancellations Earlier This Month
January 13, 2015
Exelon and IIT Support Valued at $2.6 Million, STEM Partnership Part of City-Wide Goal for Increasing Postsecondary Success in STEM Education and Careers
January 08, 2015
January 07, 2015
CPS Will Continue to Monitor Weather, But Expects Classes to Resume on Friday Based on Preliminary Forecasts
January 06, 2015
Emanuel Administration Will Triple Full-Day Pre-K Classrooms by 2019
January 06, 2015
Extreme Cold and Winds Present Dangers to Students

December 2014

December 31, 2014
Charter RFP Requires Potential Operators to Demonstrate Community Support and Demand; First-Ever Middle Grades and Early High School Intervention RFP Released
December 19, 2014
New Program Sought for Open Enrollment, Neighborhood High School
December 11, 2014
Creative Schools Funds Also Dedicating $1 Million to Support Arts Programs in Schools
December 10, 2014
Sessions Aim to Increase Awareness and Provide CPS Students with Information on How to Earn an Associate Degree with No Out of Pocket Costs
December 09, 2014
District Asks Higher Education Leaders to Join Compact to Improve College Achievement Rates
December 05, 2014
CPS Employs More Than 2,200 Certified Teachers, the Most of Any Urban District Nationwide
December 03, 2014
Rankings Provides Students, Families and Educators with School Performance Details; 
Charter Warning List Updated

November 2014

November 22, 2014
Construction is scheduled to Begin in Spring 2015 with a Projected Fall 2015 Completion Date
November 20, 2014
Chicago’s Students Demonstrating College Readiness with Increased Participation and Success in Advanced Placement Exams
November 17, 2014
Proposed Change to SQRP Tier Names Made Following Feedback From School Leaders and Stakeholders
November 17, 2014
UPDATE: The Board Meeting will follow the regularly posted schedule. The meeting will begin at 4:30 PM with the public portion of the meeting before going into closed session following public participation.

October 2014

October 31, 2014
New Initiative Will Allow CPS to Generate Funding Through Partnerships
October 24, 2014
Responding to Community Input, Request for Proposal Will be Issued Seeking Neighborhood School Plans
October 23, 2014
CPS Also Reaches Agreement to Sell Former Peabody School Site for Over $3.5 Million
October 23, 2014
Board Meeting Location Will Allow Some Community Members to More Easily Attend and Participate
October 23, 2014
Approval of Selective Enrollment School Expansion in Response to the Families, Community Leaders and Elected Officials Who Called for Additional Options on the Southwest Side
October 07, 2014
1,500 4-Year Olds Who Qualify for Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program and are Without Access to Pre-K Will Receive Education Through $9.4 Million Capital Investment
October 07, 2014
Nearly $17 Million Social Impact Bond Program Reinforces the Mayor’s Commitment to Providing High-Quality Early Childhood Education for Students Most in Need
October 03, 2014
Two-Day Education Fair at McCormick Place to Showcase CPS High Schools, Highlighting Quality Options for Students and Families
October 01, 2014
Expansion of Selective Enrollment School in Response to Families, Elected Officials and Community Leaders Asking for Additional Options on the Southwest Side

September 2014

September 24, 2014
Approved Expansion to Serve Additional 15,000 students at 27 Schools; Expand 93 Existing Routes
September 22, 2014
The Outpost Will Support Students in Building Job Skills and Securing Local Part-time Jobs
September 11, 2014
Pediatricians Provide Sensible Tips for Parents and Students During Cold and Flu Season
September 04, 2014
College Readiness Support Leads Students to Apply for College and Scholarships
September 02, 2014
Community Eligibility Provision Provides All CPS Students With Free Breakfast And Lunch

August 2014

August 28, 2014
Program Expansion Will Serve an Additional 27 New Schools and 15,000 More Students; More than 69,000 Students Served Under the Overall Expansion in the 2014-2015 School Year
August 27, 2014
Students Demonstrate Preparation for Graduation for the Seventh Consecutive Year
August 26, 2014
69.4 Percent of CPS Students Graduated Last School Year, an All-Time High for the District
August 21, 2014
CPS’s New Student-Designed Logo Also Unveiled Today
August 20, 2014
CPS Students Demonstrate Larger Gains in Both Reading and Math than Statewide Peers
August 20, 2014
CPS Partners with IBEW Local 134 to Prepare Next Generation of Electricians, Guarantee Graduates Jobs
August 19, 2014
Both Elementary and High School Attendance Improved in First Year of New CPS Attendance Plan
August 19, 2014
CPS Completes the First Phase of Air Conditioning Installations at 57 Schools; 86 Schools to Receive Air Conditioning Systems this Year
August 07, 2014
Scores Exceed National Growth Averages Scores Improve in Every Grade, While District 8th Graders Pass National Averages

July 2014

July 24, 2014
$5.7 Billion Budget Provides Critical Resources to Schools Despite Significant Budget Deficit
July 02, 2014
$740 Million in Administrative and Operational Cuts Since 2011 Allows CPS to Continue to Expand Key Academic Programs Across the City

June 2014

June 23, 2014
Updated Disciplinary Codes Promote Restorative Practices to Keep Students Actively Engaged in School
June 13, 2014
Safe Haven and Summer Feeding Programs Bridge Access to Educational Programs and Nutritious Meals for Students

May 2014

May 23, 2014
With this Expansion, CPS Has Doubled Access Since 2010 to Option Schools and Will Serve More than 11,000 At-Risk Students across the City by Next School Year
May 14, 2014
New LSC Representatives Will Begin Two-Year Terms in July
May 04, 2014
This Year’s Class Set a District Record and is the Fifth Time in the Past Six Years that CPS Has More Millennium Scholars than Any Other School District in the Nation
May 02, 2014
$423 Million Capital Plan Invests in Core Classroom Resources, School Maintenance and Improved Learning Environments

April 2014

April 30, 2014
57 Schools Across the City to Receive Air Conditioning this Summer in First Year of Five-Year CPS Capital Plan

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