Chicago news roundup: CPS registrations drop again, demands to resign Sen. Emil Jones rise and more


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CPS enrollment plummets, continuing a decade-long decline

Chicago public school enrollment has plummeted for the 11th straight year, leaving schools extremely small with shrinking student populations bracing for continued funding cuts.

Long the third-largest public school system in the nation, CPS lost about 9,000 children this year, bringing the district’s total to about 321,000 K-12 students, according to preliminary data posted on the district’s website. CPS this month. This data includes both district-operated schools and charter schools.

Chicago has lost more than 82,000 public school students over the past decade, including a decline of about 3% in each of the past seven years. The steady decline means CPS could lose its title as the third-largest district to Florida’s Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which saw enrollment jump to 325,000.

The drop in Chicago, while significant, is not as steep as the drop of 15,000 students that some experts had predicted as the high end of what the CPS could lose this fall.

But it’s still painful for many schools, which are primarily funded per student. A school in Brighton Park, in the South West, which saw a drop in enrollment last year, had to give up a deputy head teacher this year. Another school still had two kindergarten classes, but this year the budget and enrollment couldn’t support two classes, said Patrick Brosnan, executive director of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council.

“Population makes school scheduling very complicated, and then funding makes it nearly impossible,” Brosnan said. “So at the end of the day, you have students who are losing out on a high quality education.”

Our Nader Issa and Sarah Karp from WBEZ have more on the data and what it means for our city here.

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  1. A day after State Senator Emil Jones III announced his resignation from his leadership and committee chair positions amid accusations of federal corruption, Governor JB Pritzker said today that Jones should formally resign from the Illinois Senate. Pritzker also said Sen. Michael Hastings, who faces charges of abusing women, should also resign.
  2. An Indiana judge today blocked enforcement of the state’s abortion ban, putting the new law on hold because abortion clinic operators argue it violates the Indiana’s constitution. state, reports the Associated Press. The injunction was sought by operators of abortion clinics who argued in a lawsuit that the state constitution protected access to the medical procedure.
  3. The city council yesterday passed a zoning change that allows the Chicago Fire football club to build an $80 million training facility. The vote came after a debate over the merits of the project in a poverty-stricken area and whether the land could be better used for public housing.
  4. Cyclists will have to find a new place to park their bikes at Millennium Park from next month. The park’s bike station, which has served commuters for 18 years, is permanently closing, city officials said.

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How Chicago Filmmaker Paige Taul Explores Identity Through Film

Chicago filmmaker Paige Taul makes experimental non-fiction films exploring different forms of black cultural expression.

Originally from California, Paige Taul moved to Chicago as a college student to join and learn from the city’s ever-growing community of filmmakers. She now resides in Humboldt Park and teaches at universities and with the Chicago Filmmakers.

Taul uses both analog and digital formats, as well as archival film, to focus on real stories and human subjects, particularly concerning darkness and identity.


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Taul clarifies that she is not a documentary filmmaker and describes her work as experimental non-fiction. Rather than informing or teaching through her films, she hopes people will identify with her works based on their own lived experiences.

“When you preface a work as a documentary or strictly a documentary, you expect to learn something from the material,” Taul explained. “I don’t do these works for people to learn about blackness…I do works about black people, but I also do works for black people.”

“If I talk or do something about something…I should hope that those who have the strongest response are also people who have the same experience,” she said.

You can read more about Taul’s work and an interview with the filmmaker via Vocalo radio here.

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Your daily question☕

In honor of the fall equinox, we want to know: What’s Chicago’s best fall festival? Tell us why.

Email us at [email protected] and we might feature your response in the next afternoon edition.

Yesterday we asked you: what do people think is a Chicago thing but really isn’t?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Deep plate pizza. It’s here, but we don’t claim it. —Anna Schier

“Crime. Crime happens all over America, but somehow it only happens on the south side. —Jennifer Dillon

“Call the town ‘Chi-town.’ No one I’ve ever known who was born and raised here ever did. jack franklin

“Maort, deep pizza and that no ketchup stuff is as serious as everyone makes it sound.” — april lee

“The so-called ‘Chicago accent.’ Saying ‘Da Bears’ like Mike Ditka. We’re a city of many different ethnicities. You’re going to have all kinds of different accents. —Christine Galicia

“A good running game and solid defence.” —Jim Hoffman

“The suburbs.” —Mark W. Johnson

“German City Midday Parades in May.” — Ryan Terrier

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