Tag Archives: Chicago Public Schools

Safeguarding Children on Their Way to School

With a $10 million State of Illinois infusion for 2015, Chicago’s “Safe Passage” anti-violence program is now covering more of the city’s public schools. Nearly 2,000 part-time workers from community groups now stand watch on routes around neighborhood schools—mostly in areas that have been violence-prone—ensuring children can travel safely to and from their homes. The state

DOE Report Reveals Student Homelessness Rates Still Skyrocketing in Illinois

The number of students in Illinois who qualify for homeless assistance has more than doubled in the past five years, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education. The DOE’s annual Consolidated State Performance Report Data marked the number of students meeting the federal definition of homelessness during the 2012-13 school year at

Changes to No Child Left Behind Mean Greater Flexibility, More Realistic Goals for Illinois Schools

After every state failed to reach the original No Child Left Behind standard of proficiency for all students by 2014, a new waiver for Illinois will give schools more freedom with funding and higher standards. The new system, approved for next academic year, is less punitive, said Mary Fergus, spokeswoman for Illinois State Board of