Education

3-in-10 seats are empty at Chicago Public Schools

3-in-10 seats are empty at Chicago Public Schools

Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools buildings have a space-use problem – they’re too empty. Nearly 60% of schools are underutilized while 5% are overcrowded. Only 37% are at ideal capacity. The Chicago Teachers Union wants to add staff to the empty schools.

By Hannah Schmid

Literacy legislation aims to fix Illinois’ low reading proficiency

Literacy legislation aims to fix Illinois’ low reading proficiency

Lawmakers in 2023 required the Illinois State Board of Education to create a public school literacy plan using evidence-based reading instructional practices. A follow-up bill awaiting the governor’s signature would require school vendors to follow that plan.

By Hannah Schmid

Charter schools offer path to academic success for families in poverty

Charter schools offer path to academic success for families in poverty

A study found charter students in poverty had stronger growth in reading and math compared to their peers in traditional public schools, especially minority students in poverty. But the Chicago Teachers Union wants to limit families’ options to enroll their students in charter schools.

By Hannah Schmid