Speaking at a lecture Wednesday at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said this year, CPS invested in early education, offering free pre-school and full day kindergarten citywide.
CPS also expanded the STEM program, and put 20,000 new laptops and iPads into the hands of students.
Meanwhile, the school district is facing a billion dollar budget deficit, and the woman at the helm of one of the largest school systems in the country blames state lawmakers.
In a few positive highlights, Byrd-Bennett talked about the increasing graduation rate, which was less then 50 percent in 2011, but is now at percent, as well as the attendance rate, which is at an all time high of 96 percent.
CPS also says suspensions and expulsions are down.
Chicago Public Schools released its comprehensive School Quality ratings, the details of which can be found here.