Education Roundup: CPS Debt, Elected School Board & PARCC Testing

In recent weeks, the Chicago Board of Education has received letters from both the state Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education threatening the loss of more than $1 billion if Chicago Public Schools fails to administer the controversial standardized test, PARCC. Citing concerns with the test and the technology needed to take it, schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has said the district will only test 66 of its 600 schools.Wednesday's meeting is the Board's first since those communications from the state and federal governments. Find out what, if any, action they take on Chicago Tonight. We also have reaction to the referendum on an elected school board, and information on what actions the school board is considering to save $10 million.

Chicagoans in 37 wards voted on an elected school board referendum. Click on the wards colored purple in the map below to learn the percentage of voters in that ward that voted in favor of an elected school board. Wards where the referendum was not asked will be indicated as such.

Source: Chicago Board of Elections

--Map by Kristen Thometz