Press Releases 

February 22, 2015 through February 22, 2018

February 2018

February 12, 2018
Harper, Hope and TEAM Students Can Finish High School at Their Current Schools Under Delayed Closure Approach
February 08, 2018
Large Snow Accumulation Forecast Presents Hazard During Potential Trip to School
February 07, 2018
Great Expectations Mentoring and Professional Development Program for African American Male and Hispanic CPS Administrators Will Develop the Skills of Emerging Leaders and Bolster Diversity at the Highest Levels of Leadership
February 01, 2018
The Master Principal Mentorship Program Pairs Experienced Principals with Newer Principals to Help Drive School Transformation

January 2018

January 21, 2018
Latest Safe Passage Expansion Will Bring the Proven Program to a Total of 159 Schools
January 18, 2018
City Colleges of Chicago will Provide Seven Postsecondary Navigators to Help 1,000 Students Create Postsecondary Plans to Support the Learn.Plan.Succeed. Graduation Initiative
January 12, 2018
56 School-Based Positions and Nine Citywide Positions Will Help Bolster Academic and Social-Emotional Support for Diverse Learners in High-Needs Schools
January 10, 2018
Arnie Rivera will Step Down From the Board of Education to Become the District’s Chief Operating Officer; Top Appointments Include Three Former Teachers
January 08, 2018
New Boundaries for Proposed Neighborhood High School to Serve Near South Community Would Create Diverse School Community and Expand Continuum of High Quality School Options
January 05, 2018
Proposed Englewood High School Will Feature State-of-the-Art Facilities, Quality Academic Programming, and Opportunities for Students to Earn Early College Credentials

December 2017

December 21, 2017
2018 City Budget Provides an Additional $1 Million for After-School Programming to Serve Nearly 8,000 Additional Students
December 20, 2017
Ingenuity’s State of the Arts Report shows 66 percent of CPS schools are strong or excelling in the arts
December 04, 2017
Three Neighborhood Elementary Schools will Receive U.S. Dept. of Ed Grant to Become Magnet STEM Schools; Two New Classical Schools Will Expand Access and Meet Growing Demand for Elementary Selective Enrollment Schools
December 01, 2017
CPS Will Invest $14M for Smooth Transition Focused on Individual Plans for Students’ Academic and Safety Needs, in Addition to New School Facility Investments of More than $100M

November 2017

November 30, 2017
ACE Tech Would Close Due to Poor Performance; Art In Motion Would Open to Provide High Quality Arts-Focused Instruction in Greater Grand Crossing
November 22, 2017
131 of 142 Schools Will Be Using CPS Background Check Process; Names of the Five Operators That Refused to Improve Hiring Practices Have Been Released Today
November 20, 2017
CPS SCORE! Nearly Doubles the Number of Student Participants; Launches Innovative Soccer Program with Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars
November 09, 2017
No Credible Evidence Found to Support Unfounded and Unfair Claims Against Principal Sharnette Sims
November 02, 2017
New Analysis from Stanford’s Sean Reardon Demonstrates How Chicago’s Academic Gains Continue to Defy Expectations; Growth Outpaces All Urban Districts and is Seen Among Every Demographic Subgroup

October 2017

October 31, 2017
Focus on Social and Emotional Learning has Reduced Out-Of-School Suspensions by 76 Percent and In-School Suspensions by 41 Percent Since 2012
October 31, 2017
The New ERA Scholarship will launch 300 students to college and career success over the next six years
October 26, 2017
New Partnership Will Encourage More Low Income and Minority Students to Enroll in AP and IB College-Prep Courses
October 20, 2017
Number of Schools in Good Standing Increased This Year; CPS Also Releases Charter Warning List, Including Potential Closures
October 20, 2017
District Schools Have Been Held Harmless For Enrollment Levels that Fell Below Projections
October 16, 2017
The Chicago Public Education Fund, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, invites city to participate in #PrincipalPrideChi Principal Appreciation Campaign
October 10, 2017
October 10, 2017
New Online Platform Allows Families to Apply to CPS Schools Using a Simplified Application Process to Improve Access and Equity
October 05, 2017

September 2017

September 28, 2017
September 28, 2017
Edgar Allan Poe Classical School on the South Side and Hannah G. Solomon Elementary School on the North Side Recognized as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools
September 12, 2017
Community Outreach Effort Helped Encourage 94.7 Percent Attendance Last Tuesday
September 11, 2017
43.4 Percent of 2017 Graduates Earned At Least One Early College and Career Credential; Number of Neighborhood School Students Earning Credits Grew 3.9 Percentage Points in One Year
September 07, 2017
With Record-Breaking Progress, Chicago Emerges as National Leader in Urban Education
September 04, 2017
African American Men Drove Growth with 5.4 Percent Increase in Graduation Rate

August 2017

August 31, 2017
Preliminary Data Shows CPS Graduates More Than Tripled the Amount of Scholarship Dollars Earned Since 2013
August 30, 2017
Crime along routes has decreased by 32 percent since 2012; Safe Passage has also shown to improve attendance at the schools served
August 28, 2017
All 8th and 10th Grade Students Will Learn About Torture of African American Men and How They Can Strengthen Their Communities
August 27, 2017
Freshmen-on-Track Rate is the Highest on Record, Driven by African American and Hispanic Students Narrowing the Achievement Gap
August 25, 2017
District Leaders Support Plan to Expand South Loop Elementary Boundaries and Gradually Transition National Teachers Academy to High School
August 23, 2017
GoCPS Will Make High School Application Simpler, More Transparent and More Equitable. GoCPS Account Activation Allows Families to See the High School Programs Students Are Eligible to Apply to in 2018-19 Before Applications Begin Oct. 2
August 22, 2017
Since 2015, 289 CPS Students Have Participated in Summer Certification Programs Through a Partnership With JPMorgan Chase Foundation
August 22, 2017
NWEA School-By-School Data Shows CPS English Learners Have Narrowed the Achievement Gap by 48 Percent in Math and 28 Percent in Reading
August 16, 2017
46 Percent Reduction in Students Requiring Remediation to Be Promoted Shows That More Elementary Students are Meeting Key Academic Benchmarks Than Ever Before
August 11, 2017
Despite Financial Uncertainty for All Illinois Districts, CPS Will Open on Time and Stay Open for Students
August 10, 2017
More than 60 Percent of CPS Students Outscore National Peers in Reading

July 2017

July 31, 2017
All 13 Community Events Will Feature Food, Entertainment and Information on GoCPS, the District’s New Streamlined School Application Process
July 26, 2017
GoCPS Will Also Host the Current Elementary School Application Process for District-Managed Schools
July 20, 2017

June 2017

June 25, 2017
Free Lunches Will be Available at 96 School Locations Across Chicago Starting Tomorrow; CPS Nearly Doubles the Number of LunchStop Sites From Last Summer.
June 19, 2017
Unique partnership between Steinmetz and Robert Morris University provides unparalleled postsecondary support; New State-of-the-art field will enhance recreational opportunities for entire community
June 14, 2017
Elementary School Will Expand High-Quality IB Programming to Prepare Students for High School
June 09, 2017
Preliminary Rendering of Englewood’s Proposed New Neighborhood High School Released New School Will Offer Comprehensive Programming and Attract Neighborhood Students Merger of Four Existing High Schools Proposed

May 2017

May 31, 2017
New Dual Language Programs Include High Schools for the First Time; Annual Seal of Biliteracy Awards This Evening to Honor Record Number of CPS Students Demonstrating Mastery of Multiple Languages
May 31, 2017
Addition of 29 new principals expands Independent School Principals by more than 60 percent; initiative rewards strong principals with more autonomy; CPS and The Fund also announce 30 New Principal Fellows
May 30, 2017
State’s Failure to Fund Chicago Students Equally Threatens CPS Success and Jeopardizes Students’ Futures
May 26, 2017
Incidents of Crime Along Safe Passage Routes Have Fallen By 32% Since 2012
May 24, 2017
May 19, 2017
Map Shows Education Funding a Challenge Across the State Under Governor Rauner
May 15, 2017
May 05, 2017
New Parent University Sites Will Expand Resources to Every Geographic Region in Chicago

April 2017

April 26, 2017
Transformation of Application System Will Simplify Process and Create More Equity and Transparency for Families
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 
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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

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