Press Releases 

July 11, 2017 through July 11, 2020

June 2020

June 25, 2020
Public, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leaders Develop $50 Million Program to Provide Free, High-Speed Internet for Four Years
June 11, 2020
Nearly 10,000 Students Will Access New High-Quality Academic Programming, Including the District’s First-Ever Early College STEAM High Schools
June 01, 2020
Grab-and-go Meal Distribution to Resume Tomorrow, June 2; District Provides Resources for Navigating Discussions about Race, Equity and the Events of the Weekend

May 2020

May 27, 2020
Chicago Public Schools Releases One of the Country’s Most Comprehensive Overviews of Remote Learning Engagement; 93 Percent of Students Have Digital Access
May 14, 2020
First-Ever Capital Community Meeting Series Seeks to Engage Families and Gather Feedback on Capital Priorities; Five Community Meetings Will be Held, Including a Citywide Meeting Entirely in Spanish
May 04, 2020
Partnerships with WLS, Univision/UniMás, WCIU, and WTTW, with the support of the Children First Fund, will Expand Access to Educational Enrichment Resources to Students Across Chicago

April 2020

April 30, 2020
Updated Guidance Provides Families with Flexibility While Providing Equitable Options for Students Experiencing Hardship
April 30, 2020
Oprah Winfrey to Deliver Commencement Address to Graduating Seniors
April 28, 2020
School Year 2020-21 Budgets Include Additional Resources and Improvements Informed by Citywide Public Engagement Effort
April 17, 2020
Chicago’s Dedicated Educators Will Continue to Teach Remotely and Free Meals Will Remain Available Through the End of the School Year
April 16, 2020
Chicago Public Schools Invests $2.5 Million to Ensure All Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS) Receive Internet Access Devices to Promote Equitable Learning Opportunities
April 01, 2020
CPS has Provided 2.8 Million Free Meals to Families and Will Continue to Provide Access to Free Meals for All Students During School Closure

March 2020

December 2019

December 12, 2019
District Will Create School Funding Working Group and Hold Community Meetings as Part of an Examination of School Funding; Working Group to Provide Preliminary Recommendations in Spring 2020 for FY21 Budget Cycle
December 09, 2019
CPS Makes Charter Closure Recommendations After Extensive Review as part of Annual Process
December 03, 2019
According to New Study by the UChicago Consortium on School Research, Most CPS English Learners Match or Exceed Academic Performance of Peers Who Have Never Been Classified as ELs by Eighth Grade; Most ELs Became Proficient in English by Fifth Grade

November 2019

November 27, 2019
November 14, 2019
CPS Will Hold Principal Workshops and Five Community Outreach Events to Further Empower and Support School Communities During Program Application Process
November 08, 2019
November 08, 2019
Enrollment Decline Has Slowed Significantly Compared to Previous School Years and Beats Projections Due to Increase in Kindergarten Enrollment, Increasing Grad Rates, and Higher Percentage of CPS Students Staying Enrolled from Year-to-Year
November 05, 2019
Amended Calendar and Budget Reflect Make-Up Days Scheduled Due to Strike

October 2019

September 2019

September 26, 2019
September 05, 2019
Highest-Ever Percentage of Graduates Earned Early College and Career Credentials; Class of 2019 Sets Record by Earning $1.47 Billion in Scholarship Offers

August 2019

August 30, 2019
Safe Passage Program Partners With Community Organizations to Serve 75,000 CPS Students During Their Daily Commutes
August 29, 2019
Record High Graduation Rate of 78.9 Percent Driven by Progress of African American Students; More Students Earning Diplomas than Ever Before
August 27, 2019
CPS Elementary School Students Continue to Outscore National Peers While Improving 16 Percentage Points in Reading Since 2013
August 26, 2019
CPS accepts fact finder recommendations, builds on initial offer with commitment to raise teacher salaries by 16% over five-year term
August 23, 2019
August 22, 2019
Improvements Driven by African American and Latino Males
August 08, 2019
Proposed FY2020 Budget Focuses on Equity and Directs Needed Capital Improvements to More than 300 Schools in Neighborhoods Across the City

July 2019

July 30, 2019
After meeting with educators, school leaders, and community members, Mayor and CEO commit to strengthen school programming, review school funding formula, and boost staffing
July 30, 2019
CPS Opportunity Schools Program Provides Individualized Recruitment and Retention Support for Schools with Staffing Needs; Since Program’s Inception Retention Rates of Early Career Teachers Up 19 Percent
July 19, 2019
The 13 Community Events Across the City Will Offer Free School Supplies, Food, Entertainment and Access to Immunizations
July 10, 2019

June 2019

June 26, 2019
Meetings to Include Video Live Streaming, Additional Discussion of Agenda Items, and Spanish Translation Among Other Reforms
June 23, 2019
Families Should Visit or Call the Illinois Hunger Hotline at (800) 359-2163 or Text FOODIL to 877877 for More Information
June 19, 2019
City of Chicago to Launch Summer for Change (S4C) Program for Hundreds of Vulnerable Youth; City Also Developed “YOUR CHI” – a collaborative guide of free city resources, activities, and events available to all youth throughout summer break
June 17, 2019
June 04, 2019
Collaboration Between Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago Awarded $300,000 to Connect Young People to Career Training Opportunities

May 2019

May 29, 2019
May 24, 2019
Charter Budgets Follow March 2019 Release of District School Budgets That Include More Than $55 Million in Additional Funding to Support Largest-Ever Academic Program Expansion, Free Full-Day Pre-K in 28 Additional Communities, and Equity Grants
May 17, 2019
First-of-its-Kind Initiative Will Provide Unprecedented Resources and Support for Teachers and Students to Strengthen Access to High-Quality Instruction Beginning in 2020
May 14, 2019
More Than 20,000 Students at 152 CPS Schools Benefit from Arts Programming Funded through $1.5 Million in Creative Schools Grants
May 06, 2019
School Communities Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week with #ThankATeacher Campaign

April 2019

April 30, 2019
CPS High Schools Earn Top Five Spots in Illinois Ranking

March 2019

March 26, 2019
CPS’ Strategic Vision Outlines Concrete Commitments, Goals and a Continued Focus on Equity for 2019-2024
March 25, 2019
Improved District Finances Allow for Earliest Budget Release in Years and Ensures More Than 150 Schools Will Begin School Next Fall with New High-Quality Academic Programming and/or Pre-K Classrooms
March 22, 2019
As citywide rollout of universal full-day pre-k for 4-year olds continues, DFSS will support additional investments in early childhood programs at community-based organizations
March 19, 2019
CPS Financial Turnaround Allows District to Invest $32 Million in New High-Quality Programs For Nearly 17,000 Students at 32 Schools

February 2019

February 27, 2019
CPS' Graduation Rate Improved Four Times Faster than the National Rate Between 2013 and 2017.
February 08, 2019
As Part of District’s Commitment to Prepare Students for Life After Graduation, all Sophomores and Juniors at District High Schools are Receiving Individualized Roadmaps for Postsecondary Success
February 08, 2019
February 05, 2019
New summer reading initiative will keep students academically engaged during the summer months

January 2019

January 29, 2019
Weather Forecast of Extreme Temperatures Presents Hazard During Potential Trip to School
January 28, 2019
Weather Forecast of Extreme Temperatures Presents Hazard During Potential Trip to School
January 11, 2019
The Mars Food organic brand’s grant will support gardening programs at 130 Chicago schools, summer jobs and more
January 07, 2019
CPS to Expand AP Capstone Diploma Program to Six Additional Schools in the 2019-2020 School Year as CPS Students Earn More Capstone Diplomas than any District in the Nation

December 2018

December 06, 2018
New Building Will Ensure Students on the Southwest Side Have Access to a High-Quality Selective Enrollment Facility
December 06, 2018
CPS is the Largest School District to be Named to AP Honor Roll in 2018, and the Only Large Urban District to Earn a Spot on the AP Honor Roll for Six Consecutive Years
December 06, 2018
December 03, 2018

November 2018

November 30, 2018
Proposals Include Community-Requested Boundary Changes to Create Stronger Education Continuums at Cooper and Orozco Elementary Academies
November 29, 2018
November 28, 2018
Comprehensive Dual Language Programming to Serve 35 Total CPS Schools in 2019, Double the Number of Schools Served in 2016
November 05, 2018
Brand New Open Enrollment Neighborhood School to be led by Veteran Educator Conrad Timbers-Ausar
November 01, 2018
Results from The Fund’s 2018 Principal Engagement Survey Indicate CPS Principal Satisfaction is at Highest Point Since the Survey Began Four Years Ago

October 2018

October 26, 2018
Number of Schools Requiring Intensive Support Reduced by Nearly Half Since the 2015-2016 School Year
October 26, 2018
Schools Where Enrollment Increased Received Additional Funding and Schools with Lower-than-Expected Enrollment Maintain Initial Funding Levels; CPS Also Releases Official Enrollment for 2018-19 School Year
October 09, 2018
School Communities Across Chicago Celebrate Principal Appreciation Week with the Third Annual #PrincipalPrideChi Campaign
October 01, 2018
Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy on the South Side and Thomas A. Edison Regional Gifted Center Elementary on the North Side Named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools

September 2018

September 24, 2018
Improvements Seen Among Every Racial Group in the City; College Enrollment has Increased by 20 Percent Since 2010
September 19, 2018
City recognizes Maredith Robertson, crossing guard for Alexander Graham and St. Gabriel Schools, for helping Chicago children and families travel to and from school safely
September 14, 2018
Following Significant and Proven Academic Investments, CPS Creates Formal School-Based Application to Meet Citywide Demand; New Annual Regional Analysis Will Provide Data-Driven Overview of Current Offerings and Opportunities for Investment
September 11, 2018
Chicago Continues to Lead the Country in Urban Education
September 06, 2018
Capital and programmatic investments to support career and technical training will be completed by Fall 2019
September 03, 2018
African American and Hispanic Males Drove Record High Graduation and Freshman OnTrack Rate of 89.4 Percent

August 2018

August 31, 2018
46.6 Percent of 2018 Graduates Earned At Least One Early College and Career Credential With All Racial Groups Making Gains
August 30, 2018
Crime along routes has decreased by 9 percent since the 2016-2017 School Year; Today’s Rally Celebrates Reduction in Crime and Near-Record High Attendance Rates
August 29, 2018
Chicago’s Expansion to Free, Full-Day Pre-K for All 4-Year-Olds Lays Even Stronger Foundation for Elementary Students
August 23, 2018
Investments in Mentoring, After School Programs and Social-Emotional Learning Critical to Lowest-Ever One-Year Dropout Rate
August 10, 2018
August 07, 2018
August 02, 2018
As Chicago moves to free full-day pre-k, a new CPS analysis shows students who attend preschool programs perform better on key metrics by 3rd grade

July 2018

July 26, 2018
July 25, 2018
All 13 Community Events Will Feature Free School Supplies, Food, Entertainment and Access to Immunizations
July 23, 2018
Proposed Revisions Seek to Further Address Racial Discipline Disparities in Out-of-School Suspensions, Formalize the Role of the Office of Student Protections and Title IX, Protect Students From Bullying and Harassment Based on Immigration Status
July 16, 2018
CPS Will Spend $26 Million to Hire 160 Social Workers and 94 Special Education Case Managers to Support High-Need Schools Across the City
July 11, 2018
As Part of FY19 Capital Budget, First Group of 28 High Schools will Add or Upgrade School Science Labs in Time for the 2019-2020 School Year
July 06, 2018
Proposed Budget Launches First Phase of Free Universal Pre-K, Major Academic Investments and Largest CPS Capital Plan in More Than Two Decades.

June 2018

June 27, 2018
Innovative 20-Member Team Developed with Former Federal Prosecutor Maggie Hickey to Support Children Involved in Abuse, Including Student-on-Student Situations
June 25, 2018
City Colleges of Chicago and CPS Partner to Provide High School Juniors and Seniors Marketable Employment Credentials for Free in Nine Career Areas
June 21, 2018
Free Lunches Will be Available at 100 School Locations across Chicago Starting Next Monday
June 18, 2018
Partnership Will Include Therapy for Students, Training on Mandated Reporting and Trauma-Informed Student Support, and Community Engagement
June 15, 2018
Re-Checking All Adults – CPS Employees, Coaches, Volunteers, and Vendors – Will Ensure Anyone Working with Students is Evaluated Under the District’s Stringent, Centralized Background Check Process
June 05, 2018
Addition of 30 new principals expands Independent School Principals cohort to a total of 94; CPS and The Fund also announce 30 New Principal Fellows
June 04, 2018
More than 1,700 Graduating Seniors Earn Seal of Biliteracy, Demonstrating Mastery of Multiple Languages

May 2018

May 30, 2018
Along with early education advocates, Mayor announces plan at Truman College, hub of the new $2 million city scholarship to expand the early childcare workforce
May 15, 2018
New and upgraded science labs will support science graduation requirement and prepare students for jobs of the future
May 04, 2018
Five Community Town Halls Will be Held Throughout the City to Engage Parents and Discuss Opportunities to Accelerate the District’s Progress
May 01, 2018
New Grants Will Help Meet Growing Demand for Personalized Learning by Providing Schools With Professional Learning, Technology, and Classroom Resources

April 2018

April 17, 2018
Schools Will Receive $3.1 Billion in Academic Funding Next Year to Accelerate Academic Progress and Support At-Risk Students
April 16, 2018
April 12, 2018
City Colleges of Chicago postsecondary navigators are working in CPS high schools to help students create plans for after graduation as part of the Learn. Plan. Succeed initiative
April 10, 2018
CPS Students Beat Average Score for Large Districts in 8th Grade Reading for the First Time

March 2018

March 30, 2018
81 Percent of Students Will Receive Their First, Second or Third Choice; More Than 26,909 Incoming Freshmen Participated in GoCPS
March 28, 2018
March 27, 2018
Investments Increase Early College STEM Programs and Nation’s Largest IB Network to Prepare Students in Every Neighborhood for College Success
March 19, 2018
More than $7 million invested in competition-size facilities in the first ward

February 2018

February 22, 2018
CPS Recognized for Expanding Access to AP and Improving Performance Overall and Among Students of Color; CPS is the Only District to Ever Win AP District of the Year More than Once
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

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