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July 28, 2012 through July 28, 2014
July 2014
Board of Education Approves FY15 Budget to Raise Per Pupil Spending and Maximize Classroom Investments Across the City
July 24, 2014
$5.7 Billion Budget Provides Critical Resources to Schools Despite Significant Budget Deficit
CPS’s Proposed FY15 Budget Makes Investments in 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
CPS Proposes Revisions to Student Code of Conduct to Further Reduce Suspensions and Keep Students Engaged in the Classroom
June 23, 2014
Updated Disciplinary Codes Promote Restorative Practices to Keep Students Actively Engaged in School
CPS Expands Safe Haven and Feeding Program Sites Across the City For Summer 2014
June 13, 2014
Safe Haven and Summer Feeding Programs Bridge Access to Educational Programs and Nutritious Meals for Students

May 2014
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Recommends Expanding Option Schools
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
CPS to Hold Supplemental LSC Elections to Fill Vacant Seats
May 14, 2014
New LSC Representatives Will Begin Two-Year Terms in July
Mayor Emanuel and CEO Byrd-Bennett Congratulate the 44 Gates Millennium Scholars for the Class of 2014
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
CPS Releases Draft FY 15 Capital Budget that Continues Efforts to Modernize Our Schools and Expand High Quality Options for Families Across the City
May 02, 2014
$423 Million Capital Plan Invests in Core Classroom Resources, School Maintenance and Improved Learning Environments

April 2014
Mayor Emanuel and CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce First Phase of Schools to Receive Air Conditioning for Next School Year
April 30, 2014
57 Schools Across the City to Receive Air Conditioning this Summer in First Year of Five-Year CPS Capital Plan
CPS Approves Turnaround of Three Elementary Schools for Next School Year
April 23, 2014
Schools will Provide Targeted Supports to Struggling Elementary Schools in Austin, Gresham and North Lawndale Communities
MAYOR EMANUEL, CPS ANNOUNCE CITY-WIDE EXPANSION OF INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMME
April 21, 2014
Expansion Creates IB Campuses Pairing Elementary and Wall-to-Wall IB High Schools, Creating the Largest IB Network in the Country
CPS Projects to Boost Base Per Pupil Spending by Nearly $250
April 09, 2014
Additional Funds Will Be Invested Directly in the Classroom for School Year 2014-15
CPS Announces Uniform Application Process for Selective Enrollment Seats
April 08, 2014
To Ensure a Level Playing Field, Tests will be Offered Free of Charge to Non-CPS students in September and October at Multiple Locations around the City
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce Over 100 Safe Haven Spring Break Locations
April 04, 2014
The City Invested $1 Million to Safe Haven Program to Serve 1,500 Additional Youth
CPS Releases Comprehensive Health Report to Guide Student Wellness
April 04, 2014
The Movement Movement Will Support New PE Policy to Increase Student Health and Success in the Classroom
CPS Encourages Parents and Community Stakeholders to Participate in Meetings Reviewing Plans to Improve Access to Quality Education in Austin, Gresham and North Lawndale Communities
April 01, 2014
Parent Feedback Will Influence Proposed Plans to Improve Underperforming Schools

March 2014
Citywide Schools Fair Allows Eighth-Graders Access to High School Options
March 28, 2014
More than 50 Schools will Showcase Programs and Accept Applications On-Site
CPS Launches Website for School Repurposing and Community Development Proposal Submissions
March 28, 2014
School Repurposing and Community Development Website Will Allow Community Members to Submit and Review Proposals for Property Redevelopment
CPS Recommends Three Elementary Schools for Proven AUSL Turnaround Process
March 24, 2014
Thirteen of Sixteen AUSL turnarounds outpaced the District average on ISAT meets or exceeds growth since undergoing the turnaround process
CPS Announces First Schools to Implement District’s Comprehensive K-12 Curriculum
March 19, 2014
Schools will Create Pipeline for Computer Science Education from Elementary through High School

February 2014
Statement on Curie High School Varsity Basketball Team Investigation
February 28, 2014
CPS Early Learning Applications Now Available for SY 14-15
February 28, 2014
Part of a Three-Year, $36 Million Investment in Early Childhood Education, Chicago: Ready to Learn! Expands High Quality Early Learning Options Across the City
CPS Releases Outreach Plan to Strengthen its Suspension and Expulsion Reduction Plan, Which Has Already Reduced Out of School Suspensions by 36% over Three Years for High School Students
February 26, 2014
CPS Releases Detailed Suspension and Expulsion Data to Drive Best Practices Among All Schools in Adopting Fair and Corrective Disciplinary Policies
CPS Extends Candidacy Filing Deadline for Local School Council Election to March 14
February 24, 2014
LSC Members Serve As Important Link Between CPS, School Communities and Students
CPS Sees 36 Percent Drop in Suspensions
February 07, 2014
Student Code of Conduct to be Expanded and Enhanced to Build on Successful Strategy
CPS Assembles Latino Advisory Committee to Better Serve Latino Stakeholders
February 04, 2014
Committee members will help shape District initiatives and instructional programs to better serve Latino students & strengthen cultural connections

January 2014
Participation in CPS and CCC Early College Initiative Triples
January 31, 2014
2,300 CPS Students on Track to Enroll in College Courses this School Year, On Pace to Meet Goal of 4,000 Students by 2015-2016
School Back in Session Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
January 28, 2014
After Historically Cold Weather, Students will Return to Class
CPS SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TUESDAY
January 27, 2014
Extreme Cold and High Winds Force Closure of Schools for a Second Day
CPS SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY
January 26, 2014
Expected Extreme Cold and High Winds Force Closure of Schools
Board of Education Approves Seven Schools for 2014-15, 2015-16 School Years
January 22, 2014
Families to Have More Educational Options for Their Children
CPS Expands Students’ Access to PE and the Arts
January 21, 2014
CPS Leverages TIF Surplus to Allow District to Hire Nearly 170 Teachers, Increasing Exposure to Arts and PE Across the City
CPS Encourages Parents and Community Stakeholders to Participate in Meetings on Expanding Access to Quality Education Options in Bronzeville and North Lawndale
January 03, 2014
Parent Feedback Will Influence if CPS Moves Forward with Proposed Transition Plans to Improve Learning Environments and Provide More Space at Local Schools

December 2013
Voluntary District-wide Mentoring Program to Provide Students with Literacy Support and Positive Role Models
December 19, 2013
Mentoring the Next Generation Pairs CPS Staff with Students in Grades K and 8
CPS Announces $60 Million in District Cost Savings By Relocating Central Office
December 18, 2013
This Move is the Latest in a Series of Ongoing Efforts to Reduce Central Office Spending, While Protecting Key Educational Investments
CPS Fourth-graders Continue Impressive Gains in Reading, Math Proficiency
December 18, 2013
Math Proficiency Results from the latest NAEP tests show CPS 4th graders accelerated their improvement in last two years and matched the largest increase of any large-city district
2013 New School RFP Applications Now Available for Public Review
December 13, 2013
Parents and Community Members Encouraged to Review and Provide Feedback on Proposed Charter Schools
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces New Interdisciplinary African and African- American Studies Program
December 12, 2013
This Academic Program is Designed to Integrate African and African-American Studies Across All Core Disciplines at Every CPS School
School Back in Session Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
December 01, 2013
After Historically Cold Weather, District Will Re-open School Buildings after Winter Break
CPS SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014
December 01, 2013
Extreme Cold and High Winds Force Closure of Schools for a Second Day
CPS SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014
December 01, 2013
Due to Extreme Cold and High Winds, School Buildings Will Be Closed

November 2013
CPS Introduces Proposals that Will Improve Learning Environments for Students and Provide More Space at Schools that are Currently Co-located
November 27, 2013
The proposal for Frazier IB, recently awarded a Blue Ribbon for Excellence, will create 250 additional seats for students
CPS Reminds Families to Explore Academic Offerings as Elementary and High School Application Process Deadline Approaches
November 21, 2013
District Provides Easy-to-Use Tools and Resources to Help Families Identify School and Program Offerings
CPS Encourages Parents and Community Members to Seek Nominations to Local School Councils
November 19, 2013
CPS will hold community rallies, using online and grassroots outreach to engage parents and community members across the city to join their local LSC
CPS Forms Student Advisory Council to Empower Student Voices in District Policy Decisions
November 08, 2013
Diverse group of high school juniors will ensure students' voices are heard by CPS leadership

October 2013
Five Charter Schools Placed on CPS Warning List Designation for Poor Academic Performance
October 31, 2013
Charter Schools on Warning List Will Be Required to Improve Student Academic Performance or Face Closure
CPS Realigns Network Structure to Better Support District-Run Schools
October 30, 2013
Changes will enhance District’s ability to target Network resources
CPS Awarded Competitive $2.25 Million Physical Education Grant from U.S. Department of Education
October 28, 2013
Funds will expand access to physical education and nutrition awareness for students throughout the District
CPS Announces New Elementary School Promotion Policy
October 18, 2013
Revised Policy Will Align with More Rigorous Assessments to Assure Students are Prepared for the Challenges of Critical 3rd, 6th and 8th Grades
CPS Partners with World Sport Chicago, Universities, Athletes to Promote Physical Education among Elementary School Students
October 17, 2013
CPS Releases Draft of Criteria Guiding Future School Decisions for Community Input
October 01, 2013
The draft guidelines uphold the Mayor and CPS’s commitment to a five-year moratorium beginning in fall 2013 for facility closures due to academics or underutilization

September 2013
CPS to Launch 2014-2015 Elementary and High School Application Process on October 1
September 30, 2013
District Offers New Systems and Resources to Help Families Identify Schools and Academic Programs that Fit Their Needs
CPS to Launch Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) Application Process as Part of 2013 New Schools RFP Community Engagement Outreach
September 29, 2013
Parents and Community Members in Priority Communities Encouraged to Participate in NACs to Provide Recommendations on New Charter School Proposals
CPS School-By-School Performance Levels Released For School Year 2013-2014
September 27, 2013
Highest Percent of Schools In Good Standing Since Current Performance Policy was Implemented Five Years Ago
CPS Schools Will Gain Funds from Critical Student Enrollment Benchmark
September 24, 2013
Listening to principals, parents, and school communities, CPS will designate more per-pupil funds to schools who gain students and allow schools with lower than projected enrollment to transition this year to Student-Based Budgeting
CPS to Release 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan
September 24, 2013
Plan seeks to further educational priorities for students with limited capital resources, while focusing on expanding high-quality options for every child in every neighborhood
First Year of REACH Students Teacher Evaluation System Off To a Strong Start Providing Critical Tools for Teacher Growth and Development
September 18, 2013
CPS releases results for the first year of REACH Students, the District's comprehensive new teacher evaluation system.
CPS to Host Public Hearings on Draft 10-Year Educational Facilities Master Plan
September 04, 2013
Parents and Community Members are Encouraged to Attend Meetings to Participate in Discussions about Long-Term Facility Usage Planning

August 2013
Chicago Board of Education Approves New, Comprehensive Accountability System for All CPS Schools
August 28, 2013
New Policy Informed by Multiple Education Partners Across the City, Places Heavy Emphasis on Student Growth
Chicago Board of Education Passes FY14 Operating Budget
August 28, 2013
Despite historic billion-dollar deficit, new budget protects critical investments in student learning
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO of Chicago Public Schools Barbara Byrd-Bennett Attend Ribbon Cutting of the New Crane High School and Medical Prepatory High School
August 22, 2013
Program Puts Students on Path to In Demand Jobs in the Medical Profession
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Reward High Performing Principals Who Achieved Exceptional Student Outcomes
August 22, 2013
134 Principals From Across the District Recognized In Second Year of Principal Quality Initiative for Helping Raise Student Achievement at their Schools
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Visit Safe Passage Workers
August 21, 2013
CPS Expands Safe Passage Program with 600 New Safe Passage Workers
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Visit Newly Renovated Jones College Prep
August 20, 2013
With $115 Million in TIF funds Invested in New Jones College Prep, Nationally-Ranked High School Will Double Number of Students
CPS Students Set Record High Graduation Rate of 65.4 percent for School Year 2012-2013
August 14, 2013
Including the Addition of New Summer Graduates, This Year’s Graduation Rate Beats Projected Rate Announced Last Spring
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Attend Opening of Back of the Yards Wall-to-Wall IB High School
August 08, 2013
New High School is Part of Mayor’s Push to Increase Access to IB Programs with Proven Record of Student Achievement
CPS Reduces Number of District Required Student Tests as Part of New, Streamlined Assessment Policy
August 07, 2013
Parents, teachers, principals and other key stakeholders inform new CPS assessment policy aimed to increase student instructional time
Mayor and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Tour Kindergarten Classroom Benefiting from First Year Ever of Full-Day Kindergarten for All CPS Students
August 05, 2013
This Fall, for the First Time Ever, CPS Will Provide Universal Access for Each and Every CPS Student to Attend a Full, 7 Hour Day Kindergarten, Impacting Over 30,000 Children
Weekly Reports on School Transition Progress Continue with Updates from CPS and City Departments
August 02, 2013

July 2013
Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Promote First-Day Attendance at Launch of Back-To-School Campaign
July 31, 2013
Under new calendar all CPS schools begin Monday, August 26th – one week ahead of the traditional post-Labor Day start
CPS to Host Public Hearings on Proposed FY 14 Operating Budget
July 29, 2013
Three Community Hearings Across the City Will Welcome Public Input and Feedback
CPS Announces Launch of "Reinvestment Schools" To Help Transform District's Highest Need Schools
July 24, 2013
Support For High-Need Schools Integral To CEO’s Five-Year Action Plan
Despite $1 Billion Deficit and Lack of Pension Reform, Proposed FY14 Operating Budget Protects Investments in Student Learning
July 24, 2013
$112 million in central office, administrative and operations spending reductions and use of nearly $700 million in one-time reserves help fills $1 billion gap
CPS Sees Strong, Steady ISAT Growth Among Elementary Schools
July 16, 2013
Full School Day Pioneer Schools More Than Triple the District’s Average Growth in Meets/Exceeds; Every Grade in Every Subject Experiences Growth for the Third Time Since ISAT Started in 2001
Mayor Emanuel Kicks Off Citywide Chicago Summer of Learning
July 01, 2013
Over 140 Organizations Have Joined Citywide Initiative to Keep Kids Learning While School Is Out; Children Can Earn Over 1,000 Digital “Badges” for Completing Different Activities Across the City
CPS and DFSS Hire 245 Youth and Community Members to Support Transition From Sending to Welcoming Schools
July 01, 2013
Summer Employees Will Assist with Movement of Furniture, Technology and Learning Materials from Sending to Welcoming Schools

June 2013
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces Expansion of Option Schools for Out-Of-School and Off-Track Youth
June 26, 2013
By School Year 2014-15, CPS Will Nearly Double Seats Available In Alternative Option Schools Through New and Expanded Partnerships with Successful Providers
New CPS Food and Milk Contract To Save District $12 Million Annually
June 24, 2013
Contract will help reduce historic $1 billion deficit, provide more consistent service and greater efficiency
Nineteen Community-Based Safe Passage Vendors Chosen To Lead Work At Welcoming Schools this Fall
June 24, 2013
Board will vote on community-based vendor organizations this Wednesday
Mayor Emanuel Announces Deborah Quazzo to Serve as a Member of the Chicago Board of Education
June 21, 2013
Quazzo Brings Unique Combination of Local and National Experience as a Lifelong Advocate for Quality Education
CPS and City Departments Report on School Transition Progress
June 14, 2013
Coordinated, City-Wide Effort to Ensure Smooth Transition for Children Attending Welcoming Schools Next Fall Continues Throughout Summer
CPS Announces More Than $52 Million in Central Office, Operations and Administration Cuts to Help Close FY14 $1 Billion Deficit, Reduce Impact on Classrooms
June 14, 2013
Latest reductions include eliminating nearly 100 positions at Central Office; Additional reductions outside the classroom to be announced in coming weeks
CEO Byrd-Bennett And Faith-Based Leaders Announce Expansion of the Summer Safe Haven Program
June 12, 2013
CPS Along With Faith-Based Community Partners Will Offer 100 Different Safe Haven Locations Across the City for Students and Families
Mayor Emanuel Announces City to Make 18000 Job Opportunities Available for City Youth
June 12, 2013
Over 190,000 Opportunities to Participate in Educational and Recreational Activities for Young Adults
George Washington High School Students Win Honorable Mention In National Healthy Cooking Contest
June 11, 2013
Culinary Students Win Honorable Mention For Best Presentation in “Cooking up Change” Healthy Cooking Contest in Washington D.C.
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Releases Five-Year District Action Plan, “The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children”
June 10, 2013
Action Plan Establishes Comprehensive Accountability System Tied To Goal Of Providing Every Child in Every Neighborhood With A High-Quality Education
CPS 2013-14 School Budgets Give Principals Greater Autonomy to Provide a High-Quality Education for Every Student in Every School
June 05, 2013
CPS Cuts Nearly $600 Million in Central Office, Administrative and Operations Spending Since 2011 and Will Make Significant Additional Cuts in Upcoming Fiscal Year
Parents Enroll 78 Percent of Students During Early Enrollment for New Schools
June 03, 2013
CPS Moving Forward on a Smooth and Safe Transition for All Students in Underutilized Closing Schools; Parents Can Continue to Enroll Throughout Summer

May 2013
Nearly 50 Percent Of Students At Sending Schools Enroll Early For SY 13-14
May 30, 2013
Comprehensive Early Enrollment Campaign Includes Calls, Text Messages, Emails, Letters, and Flyers to Parents in Just One Week, Helping Ensure Children Are Ready to Start Learning on Day One
CPS Students On Track To Set Record Graduation Rate This School Year
May 28, 2013
District attendance rates also projected to rise this year
Chicago Board Of Education Votes To Consolidate Underutilized, Under-Resourced Schools
May 22, 2013
Unprecedented feedback from more than 34,000 parents and school community members guided process that will create quality schools for over 29,000 students
CPS Releases Updated Draft Transition Plans to Address Specific Issues Identified in Hearing Officer Reports
May 20, 2013
Mayor Emanuel Announces $1 Million Investment in High-Quality Arts Education for All CPS Students
May 15, 2013
Investment Goes Directly Towards Implementing CPS’ First Ever Arts Education Plan
Mayor Emanuel Announces Expansion of School-Based Vision Program to Give 30,000 CPS Students Free Vision Exams and Glasses
May 10, 2013
Program Is a Direct Result of The Mayor’s Budget Commitment
Mayor Emanuel Surprises Outstanding Teacher by Presenting Golden Apple Foundation Award
May 01, 2013
CPS Releases Draft FY 14 Capital Budget that Supports Key Investments
May 01, 2013
CPS Teachers Honored with Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching
May 01, 2013
CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Applauds and Thanks This Year’s Recipients

April 2013
Mayor and City Officials Discuss Plans to Ensure Safe and Successful Transition for Chicago's Students
April 30, 2013
Mayor to Cabinet: "Safe Passage is Everyone's Responsibility"
Public Hearings on Consolidating Underutilized Schools and Other Actions Continue This Week
April 29, 2013
CPS Continues to Hold Public Hearings for Each Proposal April 29 Through May 2
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces Common-Sense Restructuring of Assessments For Students in Grades K-2
April 25, 2013
Reforms Beginning this Spring Come Out of a Rigorous, Months-Long Review of District-Wide Testing Schedules To Maximize Instruction Time in Classrooms
Public Hearings on Consolidating Underutilized Schools and Other Actions Continue This Week
April 22, 2013
CPS Continues to Hold Public Hearings for Each Proposal April 22 Through May 2
Public Hearings On Consolidating Underutilized Schools and Other Actions Begin Tuesday
April 15, 2013
CPS Will Hold One Public Hearing on Each Proposal April 16 Through May 2
Registration is Now Open for One Summer Chicago 2013
April 08, 2013
Mayor Emanuel and County Board President Preckwinkle Announce an Increase in Summer Opportunities for Chicago’s Youth; 18,000 Summer Jobs and 190,000 Activities to Benefit and Keep Chicago Youth Safe and Learning This Summer
CPS FY 13 Supplemental Capital Budget Includes $155 Million Investment in All Welcoming Schools
April 06, 2013
Proposal Will Cover Student Supports, New Programs and Facilities Upgrades; CPS to Launch New Interactive Web Application on Welcoming School Investments Monday
Mayor Emanuel Announces New Early Learning Program Opportunities for Students Across the City
April 05, 2013
Over 2,300 More Children Will Have Access to New, High-Quality Early Learning Program Opportunities Thanks to Reforms
Third Phase of Community Meetings Around CPS School Utilization Begins This Saturday
April 03, 2013
CPS Will Hold Two Community Meetings on Each Consolidation Proposal for Underutilized Schools
CPS Looks to Expert Logistics Management Firm to Lead Move of Underutilized Schools
April 03, 2013
Firm Will Move Furniture, Equipment, Records and Other Items to Welcoming Schools so CPS Can Keep Its Focus on Children; Firm Will Hire From Within Communities to Manage Move to Welcoming Schools

March 2013
CPS Seeks Community Partners to Expand Safe Passage to All Welcoming Schools This Fall
March 27, 2013
CPS Issues Request for Proposals as Part of Effort to Provide Safe, Smooth Transition for Students at all Welcoming Schools
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Announce Up To 50 Learning Gardens Will Be Installed In Welcoming Schools This Fall
March 26, 2013
A Total of 80 Learning Gardens Will Be Installed Across the City, Providing Students With Hands-On Nutrition and Science Education Opportunities
Significant New Investments To Provide Quality, 21st Century Education For CPS Students Transitioning From Underutilized Schools This Fall
March 21, 2013
Closing Underutilized Schools Will Allow CPS to Redirect Resources to Invest in Student Learning; Safe Passage, Air Conditioning, Libraries and iPads in Every Welcoming School; and New Investments Include New Science, Engineering, Media and Computer Labs
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces Nearly Twenty New IB, STEM and Fine Arts Programs Will Roll Out in Welcoming Schools Next Fall
March 21, 2013
New Investments Continue Efforts to Ensure Every Child in Every Neighborhood Has Access to a High-Quality Education
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Unveils Supports for Students in All Welcoming Schools
March 20, 2013
New Investments Will Provide Every Child with Access to a 21st Century Education
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces Additional $16 Million in FY 14 Savings through Increased Bus Efficiency
March 19, 2013
Optimizing Bus Routes Maintains Safe Student Transportation to and from School While Generating Savings That Allow CPS to Focus Resources in the Classroom
CPS Outlines Comprehensive Student Safety Transition Plan
March 14, 2013
Safe Passage Program and Additional In-School Safety Staff Will Be Expanded to Every Welcoming School This Fall
Mayor Emanuel, City Officials and More Than 140 Leading Community and Civic Organizations Launch First-Ever Citywide Summer Learning Initiative
March 12, 2013
Children To Earn Digital “Badges” For Completing Learning Activities Across the City
CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces Increased Principal Autonomy Over School Funding
March 11, 2013
New Student-Based Budgeting Will Expand Control Over How Funds Are Spent in Their Schools to Ensure Students Excel in Their Classrooms
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announces Additional $17 Million in Central Office Spending Cuts Have Been Identified
March 08, 2013
CPS Continues Efforts to Reduce Central Office Spending to Consolidate Resources and Direct Funds to the Classroom
Statement from CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Release of Commission on School Utilization Report
March 07, 2013
CPS Seeks New Central Office Location to Downsize and Save Up to $3 Million Annually
March 04, 2013
CPS Takes Additional Steps to Reduce Central Office Spending to Consolidate Resources; Will Direct Funds to the Classroom as District Faces $1 Billion Budget Deficit

February 2013
Chicago Unveils New Healthy CPS Action Plan
February 28, 2013
Plan Contains 60 Detailed Strategies to Improve Health and Wellness of Students; City Increasing Physical Activity Space for 150,000 Students; Doubling Number of School Gardens; Standardizing Physical Education Curriculum
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Gives Six Additional Charter Schools Warning of Potential Closure
February 27, 2013
Placing Charter Schools on Warning Demonstrates Continued Efforts by CPS to Increase Charter Accountability, Follows Last Week’s First-Ever Charter Closure Recommendations Based on Performance
Chicago Public Schools Cancels Sporting Events and Drivers Education Due to Inclement Winter Weather
February 26, 2013
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce Full-Day Kindergarten For All CPS Students
February 25, 2013
Investment Ensures All 30,700 CPS Kindergarten Students Have Full, High-Quality Start To Their Education
Chicago Board of Education to Consider Proposed New Health Education Policy
February 25, 2013
Age-Appropriate Instruction Recommended to Educate All K-12 Students on Informed, Healthy Lifestyle Choices; Curriculum to Align with National Standards
CPS Recommends Closing Two Charter High School Campuses For Underperformance
February 21, 2013
Underscores Commitment to Holding All Schools Accountable for a High-Quality Education
CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Encourages CPS Community Members To Attend
February 18, 2013
Community Meetings Scheduled In Englewood-Gresham, Burnham Park, Skyway, Pershing and O’Hare Networks
Based On Community Feedback, CPS Releases Detailed Criteria to Help Guide Decisions on District’s Utilization Crisis
February 13, 2013
Second Round of Phase II Community Meetings Begin Today, Parents and Community Members Urged to Attend
CPS Launches Second Round Of Community Engagement Meetings With Parents On District’s Utilization Crisis This Wednesday
February 11, 2013
Wednesday’s Austin-North Lawndale School Network Meeting Moves to Larger Venue to Accommodate Increased Community Participation
CPS Community Engagement Continues
February 04, 2013
School Communities Are Encouraged to Attend Meetings in their Network to Participate in Discussions about School Utilization

January 2013
CPS Begins Phase Two of Community Engagement Around Efforts to Address District’s Utilization Crisis
January 28, 2013
School Communities Are Encouraged to Attend Each of Two Meetings in their Network to Participate in Discussions About School Utilization
Mayor Emanuel Unveils Innovative Partnership with the Starter League to Implement Web Development Course at CPS and CCC
January 28, 2013
Partnership Trains CPS and CCC Teachers and Designs Web Development Curriculum To Reach Thousands of Chicago Students
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett Announce Major Expansion Plan for Jones College Prep
January 22, 2013
Expansion Plan Nearly Doubles the Number of Selective Enrollment Opportunities Available by Incorporating the Current Jones School Building Into the New Campus Slated to Open In Fall 2013
High Schools and Level 1 Schools Removed From Consideration As Part Of District’s Efforts To Address Its Utilization Crisis
January 18, 2013
CPS Announces Dates and Locations of 28 Public Meetings As Part of Second Phase of Community Engagement
CPS Unveils New, Single-Track Calendar for School Year 2013-2014
January 18, 2013
New Calendar Makes it Easier for Families Across the District to Plan Work and Childcare Schedules
CPS to Collaborate with Large School Districts to Drive Down Costs, Improve Food Quality
January 17, 2013
CPS Among Group of Six Launching Urban School Food Alliance
CPS Launches New Principal Evaluation System to Enhance School Leadership and Boost Student Growth
January 17, 2013
New System Aligns with CPS’ Efforts to Build Accountability at Every Level of the District
CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Announces 2nd Round of Community Engagement on School Utilization
January 11, 2013
CPS Will Offer Communities Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Individual Schools Starting January 28
Statement from CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Release of Commission on School Utilization Report
January 10, 2013

December 2012
Aggressive CPS Procurement Strategies Allow $23 Million in Funds to be Directed to Student Learning
December 28, 2012
Review and Renegotiation of Purchasing Contracts Bring District Halfway to Fiscal Year Savings Goal
CPS Appoints Five Education Leaders Focused On District’s Effort to Provide Every Child Access to a Rigorous Instructional Program
December 19, 2012
CEO Byrd-Bennett Continues to Build Dedicated, Professional Leadership Team That Holds High Expectations for Student Success; Additional Leadership Appointments Also Approved
Chicago Board of Education Approves New, High-Quality School Options for Parents and Families Throughout the District
December 19, 2012
Options Include New and Expanded International Baccalaureate Programmes, New Magnet School, Career and Technical Education Programs and High-Quality Charter Schools
New CPS Safety Measures Show Promising Results in Creating Safer and Positive Learning Environments Across the District
December 17, 2012
Implemented Last Year, The District’s New Holistic Approach to Safety Led To Significant Reductions In Serious Student Infractions, In-School Student Arrests and Student Suspensions
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools Announce Two New Wall-to-Wall IB Programmes
December 13, 2012
New Rigorous Programmes Are Part of Efforts to Increase Opportunities for Parents and Students to Access High-Quality Education in their Neighborhoods
CPS Reminds Families to Explore Academic Offerings as Application Process Deadline Approaches
December 11, 2012
District Provides New, Easy-to-Use Tools and Resources to Help Families Identify School and Program Offerings
CPS to Recommend New, High-Quality School Options for Parents and Families Throughout the District
December 07, 2012
CPS to Also Deny New School Applicants That Do Not Meet High Standards

November 2012
CPS Releases Final School Actions Guidelines to Help Address Chronic Underutilization in the District
November 30, 2012
Feedback Received During 21-Day Period of Public Comment is Now Available on District Website
CPS Announces Five-Year Moratorium on Facility Closures Starting in Fall 2013
November 26, 2012
CEO Outlines Vision for District at City Club Luncheon
Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Microsoft and United Way Announce the Opening of 12 New Parent Engagement Centers in CPS
November 19, 2012
Centers are Being Piloted in 12 Schools as Part of the Administration’s Focus on Encouraging Parental Involvement; Pilot is a Collaboration with Microsoft, United Way and CPS That Helps Parents Develop Digital Skills
Mayor Emanuel Names Former Teacher and Principal Carlos Azcoitia to Serve as a Member of the Chicago Board of Education
November 19, 2012
Mayor Emanuel Also Names Rodrigo Sierra to the Chicago Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
CPS Releases "Engaging Parents" Booklet for Principals
November 19, 2012
Booklet Was Developed For CPS Principals by CPS Principals And Shares Effective Strategies That Are Used Across The District
School Officials From Around Illinois Tour CPS Schools
November 16, 2012
Delegates to annual conference get a first-hand view of diverse portfolio of educational opportunities available to Chicago students
New Waste Hauling Contract Another Step in Overall Cost-Savings by CPS
November 14, 2012
District Garners 10 Percent/Half-Million Dollar Savings Through Negotiation with Vendor as Part of Aggressive Procurement Strategy
CPS CEO Surprises Principals with Highest First Week Attendance with $1,500 Target Gift Cards
November 14, 2012
Marconi Elementary and Clark Elementary Win “Attendance Challenge” With Almost 100 percent Attendance for First Week of School
CPS Releases Updated School Progress Reports that Provide Transparency and Detail on School Performance
November 12, 2012
CPS Encourages Track R Parents to Attend Report Card Pick Up on Tuesday
Chicago Public Schools Expands “Healthy CPS” Initiative With New Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy
November 12, 2012
New Healthy Snack and Beverage Policy to Be Considered by Board of Education This Week; New Policy Updates Guidelines and Standards For Healthy Food and Drinks in School Vending Machines And Recommends Healthy Options for School Celebrations
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett to Launch Thorough Community Engagement Process On School Actions
November 02, 2012
CEO is to seek extension of school actions deadline and appoint independent commission of expert stakeholders to guide engagement

October 2012
CPS Releases Draft School Actions Guidelines that Integrate Community Feedback
October 31, 2012
CEO Byrd-Bennett vows no actions without rigorous community engagement process
Mayor Emanuel and Walgreen Co. CEO Greg Wasson Announce a Pilot Initiative Encouraging Parents to Get Involved with their Schools
October 31, 2012
Walgreen Co. Will Provide “Balance Rewards” Cards Worth $25 to Parents at 70 Schools Across the City Who Participate in Report Card Pick-Up Day; Pilot is Part of New Steps CPS Is Taking to Engage Parents Across the District
Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Annouce First Recipients of Principal Performance Pay
October 29, 2012
82 Principals From Across the District Recognized and Rewarded for Driving Exceptional Outcomes for Students
CPS to Hold Public Hearings On Amended Budget
October 26, 2012
New Hearing Dates Will Give Public Additional Time to Comment and Provide Feedback
Chicago Board of Education Approves New Chicago Teachers Union Contract
October 24, 2012
Contract Puts Children First by Providing Teachers and Principals with Tools Needed to Drive Success in Classroom
Chicago Public Schools to Identify More Dollars to be Redirected
October 24, 2012
Board Approves Two Firms to Audit Purchase Contracts to Identify and Recover Overpayments to Vendors
New Policy Establishes Chicago Public Schools as Champion in Student Wellness
October 24, 2012
Board approves measure requiring healthy meals, more physical activity and nutrition education
CPS Announces Five New International Baccalaureate Programmes in Public High Schools
October 18, 2012
Bronzeville, Farragut, Kennedy, Schurz and Juarez High Schools Will Offer Students Rigorous and Stimulating Educational Opportunities
CPS Holds Public Hearings On Amended Budget
October 16, 2012
CPS reduces Central Office spending and avoids cuts to classroom to cover $103 million for year one of CTU contract costs
Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 Unveiled
October 15, 2012
New Cultural Plan was Developed Over Months of Meetings with Stakeholders and Community Members Across Chicago; Community Input Led Directly to a New Initiative to Develop an Arts Education Plan for Chicago Public Schools
Teamsters Local 700 Ratifies Five-Year Contract With CPS
October 10, 2012
Contract Includes Prevailing Wage and City Wellness Program for Members
Reductions in CPS Central Office Spending to Fund Year One of CTU Contract
October 05, 2012
CPS avoids cuts to classroom to cover $103 million in additional contract costs
CPS Freshmen See Highest “On-Track” to Graduate Percentage on Record
October 05, 2012
This is the Fifth Consecutive Year of Increasing Freshmen On-Track Percentage; 2011-2012 School Year Dropout Rate is Lowest on Record
New Chicago Public Schools-Chicago Teachers Union Contract Puts Chicago’s Students First
October 04, 2012
Contract provides teachers with the tools and support needed to help students succeed in the classroom

September 2012
CPS Revises 2012-2013 School Calendars to Ensure a Full School Year
September 28, 2012
Calendar revisions meet terms of tentative agreement with the CTU and recapture seven days of lost instructional time due to the CTU strike
Chicago Public Schools Names New Chief Financial Officer
September 25, 2012
Board of Education Also Grants CEO Temporary Authority to Make Any Needed Changes to 2012-2013 Academic Calendar
CPS Prep Sports Program Resumes Following End of CTU Strike
September 21, 2012
Non-football sports already underway; revised football schedule will begin this weekend and includes enough games to qualify Public League teams for state tournament
School Opens Tomorrow for Chicago Public Schools Students
September 18, 2012
Children First Sites Provided Safe and Engaging Environments for Students While They Were Out of Class during Chicago Teachers Union Strike
Chicago Public Schools Files for a Preliminary Injunction to Return Chicago Students to Class
September 17, 2012
September 17, 2012
CPS Children First Plan Continues to Provide Safe Places and Engaging Activities for Students as Chicago Teachers Union Chooses to Delay Ending Their Strike
September 17, 2012
Children First Plan Continues to Have Capacity to Serve Over 160,000 Students; Full-Day Opportunities Are Available At Over 450 School Sites, Parks, Libraries, Community and Faith Centers Across the City
CPS Expands Activities Available Through Children First Plan as Chicago Teachers Union Chooses to Delay Ending Their Strike
September 16, 2012
Children First Plan Enters Second Week And Continues to Have Capacity to Serve Over 160,000 Students; Full-Day Opportunities Are Available At Over 450 School Sites, Parks, Libraries, Community and Faith Centers Across the City
Statement by Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale
September 16, 2012
September 16, 2012
CPS Expands Online Course Opportunities for CPS Students
September 13, 2012
Online coursework helps students keep up their studies while the CTU continues to choose to strike; Full-day opportunities remain available for students at Children First sites, parks, Safe Haven sites and nonprofit partners should CTU continue strike
Six Additional Parks Offer Full-Day Programming for Chicago’s Students As All 147 Children First School Sites Extend Hours to a Full Day on Thursday
September 12, 2012
An additional 600 children will be offered a safe and engaging environment; CPS and the City of Chicago continue to respond to parent and community feedback while the Chicago Teachers Union continues to choose to strike
Community Members, Faith Leaders, Parents, Neighbors, Non-Profits and City Leaders Expand Commitment to Chicago’s Students
September 11, 2012
CPS Commits to Extending Hours at Children First School Sites on Thursday to Support Parents; Full-Day Opportunities Available for More than 160,000 Students
Chicago Public Schools Will Extend Hours at Children First Sites Starting on Thursday
September 11, 2012
Should CTU continue to strike, 147 Children First sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to keep kids safe, engaged, provide meals and help support Chicago’s parents
Community Members, Faith Leaders, Parents, Neighbors, Non-Profits and City Leaders Come Together to Support Chicago’s Students
September 10, 2012
Leadership and collaboration across city is encouraging as City finishes first day of Children First plan; CPS expands number of Children First sites based on community and parent feedback
CPS to Implement Children First Plan in Partnership with Community Organizations, Faith-Based Leaders and City Agencies
September 09, 2012
CPS Plan Ready, Chicago Teachers Union Has Chosen to Strike
One Week In, All Students Across Chicago Are Getting Needed Instruction and New Opportunities With More Time in The Classroom
September 07, 2012
Today marks the end of the first week in which all CPS students have been in school with the Full School Day; Early Track students complete their first month of school today
CPS Announces Details of “Children First” Plan to Help Parents and Families Most in Need
September 06, 2012
If CTU chooses to strike, CPS to coordinate safe and engaging environments for students whose families cannot access alternative options; 144 school sites will be open with limited hours; tools are available now for parents to sign up students
CPS Schools Open Today for All of Chicago’s Students with the Full School Day
September 04, 2012
All Chicago Students Benefit from More Quality Time in Reading, Math and Science and New Opportunities in Recess and Enrichment like Art, Music, PE

August 2012
CPS Using Skyscrapers and Local Sports Figures to Drive Home Back to School Message
August 31, 2012
Back to school hashtag lighting up Chicago skyline / public service announcements to generate interest in first day of school Sept. 4
CPS CEO Brizard Tours von Linne Elementary Where New Art, Music and Science Opportunities Are Highlights of Full School Day
August 30, 2012
Full School Day will give von Linne students more time in reading and math and new exposure to fine arts
As Part of Precautionary Planning, CPS Seeks Waiver from IHSA to Allow Continuation of Sports in the Event of a CTU Strike
August 30, 2012
Letter to Illinois High School Association notes potential impact on 11,000 CPS student-athletes
CPS Takes Preliminary Steps to Implement “Children First” Plan in Event of Chicago Teachers Union Strike
August 30, 2012
145 Schools to Remain Open and Provide Students with Safe Environment, Engaging Activities and Meals; City Sister Agencies and Departments, Community, Faith and Non-Profits to Aid in Providing Services to Kids
Principals Share Stories on Full School Day with CEO Brizard
August 29, 2012
Track E principals share benefits Full School Day has had on students and teachers
Duerson Family Foundation Donates Concussion Test Kits to Chicago Public Schools Football Programs
August 24, 2012
Family Contributes to ‘a Safer Game of Football’ in Memory of NFL-Great Dave Duerson
CPS High School Students Show Largest Growth on Record in PSAE Scores
August 22, 2012
CPS ACT Composite Scores Highest on Record
CPS FY 13 Budget Protects Investments in Student Achievement
August 22, 2012
Board Passes Budget that Enables District to Implement Full School Day, Protect Early Childhood Education and Maintain Class Size
CPS Students Earn Record $266 Million in Scholarships in 2011-2012 School Year, Increase of Nearly $120 Million
August 21, 2012
College enrollment rate highest on record and up for seventh consecutive year
CPS Launches Online School Locator To Help Parents Easily Access School Information by Neighborhood
August 16, 2012
Site visitors can access the tool at: www.cps.edu/map
Brunson Elementary Celebrates First Recess as Part of Full School Day with New Playground
August 14, 2012
Brunson students will get an average of 30 more minutes in reading, 15 more minutes in science, 10 more minutes of enrichment and new 25-minute recess
School Opens for Chicago’s Students With First Full School Day
August 13, 2012
Chicago Elementary Schools Move to 7 Hours and High Schools Move to 7.5 hours; Students No Longer Attend One of Shortest School Days in Country
CPS Announces Four-Year Contract Agreement with IUOE Local 143
August 10, 2012
Contract Ratified by Fourth Largest Union in CPS
Reminder: There’s Still Time to Purchase Back to School Kits on Groupon for CPS Kids
August 06, 2012
Only One Day Left to Show Generosity and Help CPS Students Get Ready to Return to School
Mayor Emanuel Announces Expansion of Early Childhood Education Opportunities For Children Across Chicago
August 03, 2012
Three-Year Investment Creates Opportunity for Over 5,000 Children Starting in Fall 2013
CPS Putting $15 Million in Surplus Property Up for Sale
August 01, 2012
23 properties, including former school buildings and vacant lots, will be put on the market

July 2012
CPS On Track to Break Groupon Back to School Kit Record with More Than 1,000 Kits Sold in Less Than Two Days
July 31, 2012
Reminds public there are seven more days to show generosity and help needy CPS students get ready to return to school
Chicago: Purchase Back to School Kits for CPS Kids on Groupon
July 30, 2012
For second year in a row, CPS partners with Groupon’s philanthropic team to provide opportunity to purchase a year's worth of school supplies for District's students