CPS to Invest Nearly $1 Billion to Modernize Schools and Propel Academic Growth

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

As CPS students continue to make record-setting academic progress and earn national acclaim, Chicago Public Schools is proposing a budget that will accelerate their gains, with nearly $1 billion in capital, the first phase of the free, full day Pre-K initiative and major academic investments at schools in every neighborhood. The proposed capital plan — which would be the district’s largest single-year capital investment in more than two decades — will promote equitable access to high quality resources by investing in educational programming, overcrowding relief, facility maintenance, athletic spaces, and IT and security upgrades. In addition to the capital investments, the FY19 operating budget increases classroom spending by more than $60 million and makes critical investments that will help create new opportunities for students in every neighborhood, particularly in areas struggling with poverty and low enrollment. CPS is investing $247 million in building renovations and new construction to address critical academic needs identified by the community at the following schools:

Hyde Park High School will receive significant building renovations to better support the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

• A new Near West Side Open Enrollment High School will be built to support the growing student population in the area and establish a high quality high school in the community. CPS is working with the community to identify a location for the new school.

Prosser Career Academy will receive a new CTE wing to support Chicago Builds, a 2-year training program in the building trades for 11th and 12th grade students who are interested in pursuing a profitable career in the building trades after high school graduation.

To view the full proposed FY19 Budget, please visit www.cps.edu/budget.  

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Education

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