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CPS officials said they had been in touch with teacher Zoe Kolpack Tuesday morning as she begins her recovery.
The privately operated, publicly funded school has used cash advances and “predatory loans” for funding, city school officials say. Urban Prep leaders say its financial issues are resolved.
Sarah Jackson Abedelal, former principal of Brennemann Elementary School, is one of six people charged so far with scamming CPS through phony overtime claims and bogus orders for printer supplies.
High schoolers with suicide risk behaviors are more than 4 times more likely to have experienced cyberbullying than youth who don’t have suicide risk. It’s essential to address bullying at school as part of adolescent suicide prevention.
OB/GYN accreditation rules require training in abortions for medical residents, who might use the same skills for treating miscarriages and other complications, doctors say.
The CPS programs have locations throughout the city for kids to get free breakfast and lunch.
Heat-related injuries and deaths have been top of mind for many Chicagoans as the city reached 100-degree temperatures for the second consecutive week.
Leaders of the longtime all-boys South Side Catholic school will make the decision in August.
The budget has faced criticism over some proposed cuts to schools and a property tax increase.
Pedro Martinez, the school system’s chief executive, made the surprise announcement at Wednesday’s school board meeting at which members were expected to debate and vote on the plan.
With Chicago Public Schools enrollment falling, the Chicago Board of Education is about to take up plans to build a new high school near Chinatown.
“What is notable is the mindset shift,” says Jadine Chou, the school system’s safety and security chief. “We are seeing schools wanting to support our young people more than ever.”
Planning and Development Commissioner Maurice Cox’s said re-purposing parts of closed schools — such as the kitchen or gym — would help a community without “having to marshal all of the resources that it takes to renovate an entire school.”
At the end of a year that marked most students’ return to in-person learning after two of the most challenging years in American education history, students seemed to have gained a new appreciation for school.
Also facing charges in a related case are former Brennemann Elementary School Principal Sarah Jackson Abedelal, former business manager William Jackson and former Assistant Principal Jennifer McBride.
The dispute has roiled the Downers Grove high school district, particularly at a rowdy board meeting at which adults in one case called a student a “pedophile.”
Three years ago, a teacher and her sixth-graders found levels hundreds of times what would be considered safe for house paint. But city health officials downplay any health threat.
The funding was revealed Tuesday in the district’s proposed capital budget, which details construction and maintenance spending for the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1.
In 2019, just 13 schools in the entire district spent $300,000 or more in outside money raised from a variety of sources. All were in wealthier areas of the city.
John and Kathy Schreiber, philanthropists who have been huge Loyola donors, gave the money to fully cover scholarships, housing and support services for underrepresented students.
CPS officials said an investigation determined there was “no safety threat” and police said the student was allowed to remain at the school.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot picked Joyce Chapman, who founded the Pullman Community Development Corporation and is the chair of the Far South Side Community Action Council, to fill a seat that had been empty for nearly a year.
“This is the motivator for positive behavior for the whole year so students can get to prom,” Northside Learning Center High School Assistant Principal Elizabeth Mourtokokis said.
Before the Uvalde massacre, the CPS operational budget included money for improving school security, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said. But after hearing the details of what went on in Texas, some principals are demanding an “even more aggressive” response.