Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: June 10 – June 16, 2023

Chicago Public Schools proposes flat budget for next year

By Mila Koumpilova for Chalkbeat

“After years of steady increases, Chicago Public Schools unveiled a proposed $9.4 billion overall district budget Tuesday that would hold the line on spending in 2023-24.  Roughly half — or $4.8 billion — would go directly to schools. District officials said it’s an additional $240 million compared with last year and about $90 million more than they reported earlier this spring, when they unveiled some preliminary school-level numbers ahead of an appeals process for principals. Roughly half of the increase — $128 million — would pay for additional teachers and support staff dedicated to students with disabilities.”

Some migrant students celebrate first — and last — days of school only weeks apart as CPS scrambles to enroll them 

By Laura Rodríguez Presa and Nell Salzman for The Chicago Tribune 

With the clock ticking, CPS had made a concentrated effort to enroll as many children of asylum-seekers as it could, even as the migrants face uncertain futures in Chicago. Officials say that despite their temporary living situations in respite centers, shelters and police stations, enrolling the children in school provides immediate access to education, as well as summer programs in academics and sports.