Back to school celebration set for Wednesday

The Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools are hosting today’s event from 2 to 5 p.m. in the 15th District’s west parking lot, 5701 W. Madison. There will be immunizations, dental exams, food, games, performers and more.

Local school elections held this week

Parents, teachers and school staff will be able to vote Wednesday at elementary schools and Thursday at high schools. In Austin, there will still be vacancies on 12 of the 17 LCSs, which will be filled before July 1 when all members begin serving.

Plato avoids closure with contract renewal with CPS

The Chicago Board of Education voted this week to renew Plato Learning Academy’s contract for two years, giving the Austin school more time to improve its rating. Specific conditions for the contract renewal will be finalized with Plato’s operator early next year, officials say.