About Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Public Schools is an educational organization where students attend a particular school that is assigned to them depending upon where they live. CPS may seem more like a private company than an educational institution, since the head of CPS is known as the Chief Executive Officer instead of a superintendent, but the roles are basically the same. The organization has around 20 students per teacher in elementary schools in their system and just under 25 students per teacher in high school environments. There were over 41,000 staff positions in the 2013 school year, with over 22,000 of them being teachers. As you might imagine, most of the employment opportunities are teaching positions, but there are also counseling positions, press secretary positions, special education teachers, coaches and more.
The Chicago Public School started as a trading post in the early 1800s. It would be several years before a school system actually emerged from that outpost, but by 1848, the city realized that they needed the public school system and the formation of such an organization was approved by the City Council. As the city grew, so did the school district, with educational standards becoming stronger and more closely followed until Chicago Public Schools had become one of the nation's leaders.
In the 2014 to 2015 school year, the Chicago Public school District had 484 elementary schools and 176 high schools. 517 of the 660 schools were run by the district, while 130 were charter schools, two were SAFE schools, and 11 were other types of schools. Among all of these schools, there were a total of over 395,000 students for the academic year. Chicago Public Schools had a budget of $5.69 billion as of the 2015 school year.
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