Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: January 14 – January 20, 2023

Last Semester for Seniors: UIC College Prep Student Reminisces

By The Noble Schools

“This is part of a series of blogs from Noble campus representatives to give a deeper look at campus life. This is the last semester for our seniors across all Noble schools. These last few months will be a whirlwind of prepping for graduation, celebrating, and reminiscing about their time in high school. One senior at UIC College Prep (UICCP) is sharing a bit about his story.”


More Chicago Families Turning to Private, Charter Schools as CPS Enrollment Declines

By Bridgette Adu-Wadier, Selena Kuznikov and Samantha Aguilar for WTTW

“Chicago Public Schools has been working to combat declining enrollment and funding challenges — but a significant number of low-income families of color are choosing to leave the district, opting for private and charter schools. For North Center parent Blanca Rosa Chattin, sending her daughter to DePaul College Prep, a private high school in Roscoe Village, was a necessary shift.”


Illinois superintendent proposes $516 million education budget increase; advocates want more

By Samantha Smylie for Chalkbeat

“State Superintendent Carmen Ayala is proposing a $516 million, or 5.3%, increase to the state’s education budget next year, a request that education advocates say falls  short of what Illinois school districts need. Ayala’s budget proposal calls for a $350 million boost for K-12 schools, or about 4%, plus a $60 million increase to early childhood education. The rest of the requested increase relates to transportation, special education, and free meals.  The proposal, which surfaced on the board’s monthly meeting agenda Friday evening, drew pushback from some education advocates who say a $550 million increase in K-12 funding is needed to fully fund all districts under the state’s evidence-based funding formula.”