Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: February 18 – February 24, 2023

Noble Schools Releases 2022 Annual Report

By The Noble Schools

“Noble Schools’ annual report for the 2021-2022 school year is now out! The report gives an overview of the students and families we served and the results of that service. Two of the areas where we found we excelled the most were Noble League and supporting DREAMer students with college. Take a look below to see a quick snapshot of the success we saw for our Noble League participants and DREAMer students in 2021-2022.”


Chicago spent big on summer school in 2022. But tracking participation proved difficult.

By Mila Koumpilova for Chalkbeat

“Last spring, as Chicago schools were grappling with how to recover from the pandemic, district CEO Pedro Martinez urged campuses to go big and bold on summer school without worrying about the price tag. Tiffany Tillman, the principal at Melody Elementary on Chicago’s West Side, grabbed a notepad and started dreaming up a “summer university” for her predominantly low-income Black students. There would be “campuses” focused on academic recovery, sports, arts, and more.  She paid her entire staff of roughly 40 to work that summer, complete with counselors, psychologist, and social worker. She wanted a safe place for her students that blended learning and fun — breakfast and taco bars, field trips, a book club, a DJ on the last day.  In Chicago, as in other districts, the pandemic and an influx in federal relief dollars made summer school a much bigger deal — a key strategy for helping students bounce back from COVID’s toll. In 2022, the district went all in, spending 50% more than the previous summer: an unprecedented almost $40 million.”


Chicago Public Schools spending over $76M to expand security cameras throughout district

By Jessica D’Onofrio for WLS 

“Chicago Public Schools made an announcement involving security at hundreds of its schools Wednesday morning. CPS held a news conference to announce a new investment.”


CPS to present 2023-24 academic calendar to Board of Education

By Jeramie Bizzle for CBS

“Chicago Public Schools will present the proposed academic calendar for the 2023-24 school year to the board of education. Parents had a chance to weigh in on the plan in January when the district had an open feedback period. Under the proposed calendar the start date is Monday, Aug. 21. That’s early before Labor Day.”


CPS high school students casting early ballots through ‘Parade to the Polls’ event

By Jeramie Bizzle for CBS

“CPS students old enough to vote will “Parade to the Polls” to cast their ballots in the Feb. 28 Chicago election. Eight schools will participate between now and the day before election day. Students at Solorio High School and Whitney Young High School will take part today. They will hold a brief civics education rally, then walk or bus to the nearest early voting location.”