CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez celebrated the last day of school in the city.

The two were joined by other city and community leaders at an event which took place inside Peace and Education Coalition Alternative High School.

During prepared remarks, Lightfoot and others touted the city’s new phone app designed to keep Chicago’s youth engaged through the summer. My Chi My Future is a centralized resource for Chicagoans to discover activities, jobs, and resources for those who want them throughout the summer.

While the 2021-2022 year comes to a close, planning is well underway for next school year. This includes a $9.5 billion proposed budget and a new head of the Chicago Teachers Union.

The budget proposal reflects an 8% increase per student in school funding with stated priorities on increased academic and mental health support, safety resources, and professional development for educators.