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Becky Vevea, Chalkbeat Chicago

Is Chicago’s Shift To Restorative Justice And Fewer School Police Working? Some Say Yes.

Chicago says it has made significant progress disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Suspensions have plummeted from nearly 50,000 in 2013-14 to less than 10,000 in 2021-22. 


Chicago’s Youngest Students Showed Growth On Reading Tests Last Year, But Officials Mum On Math

Officials touted reading growth on a new test called i-Ready, but the district did not provide the data by school and did not release any information about how the city’s youngest learners were doing in math.


More Chicago Students Met Reading And Math Standards In 2022-23, Data Show

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez noted that “progress does not happen overnight,” but called the new data “extremely promising."


First Day Of School: Chicago Public Schools Reopens Under A New Era Of Leadership

As roughly 320,000 students went back to class across Chicago, the district faces a number of challenges for the new school year.


Chicago Closed 50 Schools 10 Years Ago. What’s Happened Since Then?

The promise from then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel was students would go to better schools, and the district would save money by offloading expensive-to-maintain aging buildings.  


Chicago School Board Approves $9.4 Billion Budget As District Officials Warn Of Looming Deficit

“Many districts around the country right now are pressured to cut,” said Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez. “We’re seeing layoffs. We’re seeing school closures. And so it is, it is a warning for us.”


Chicago Public Schools Staff To Get 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

Mayor Brandon Johnson, a former CTU organizer and teacher, announced the new policy Thursday alongside CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and CTU President Stacy Davis Gates.


Chicagoans Reject Illinois Lawmakers’ Revised Draft Map For Elected School Board

Lawmakers face a July 1 deadline to draw districts for the November 2024 election, when Chicago voters are set to elect 10 of 21 school board members.


Urban Prep Academies Could Be Turned Over To Chicago Public Schools After State Denies Appeal

But the charter school network that serves Black boys said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit to keep control of two South Side high schools.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson’s Win Reflects Local And National Shifts On Education

Johnson brings a teachers union-friendly perspective that rejects many of the education ideas that once dominated Democratic politics and defined former CPS CEO Paul Vallas’ career.


Q&A: Chicago’s Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson On How Being A Public School Parent Will Guide Him

Johnson will be the first mayor in recent memory with children in Chicago Public Schools and the last to have control of the school system before it transitions to an elected school board. 


Chicago Schools Are At A Crossroads. The New Mayor Will Determine The District’s Next Steps

The next mayor will transition the city school board into elected oversight and shape how more than 300,000 students are educated — after three years of pandemic disruption and decades of inequity.


Comparing Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Candidates On 5 Key Education Issues

The next mayor will be the last to have control of the school district before it transitions to being governed by an elected school board. The runoff election is April 4.


Chicago Mayoral Election 2023: How Johnson, Vallas Answered 10 Important Education Questions

Chalkbeat Chicago asked candidates 10 important questions about the city’s public schools in January. Explore Johnson and Vallas’ answers.


Where Do The Candidates For Chicago Mayor Stand On Education? We Asked Them 10 Questions

The new or returning mayor will appoint a school district CEO and seven school board members to oversee the district, its $9.5 billion budget, 635 schools and the education of 322,000 children.  


9 People Are Running For Chicago Mayor. Here’s A Look At Their Education Records

All nine candidates have some tie to Chicago Public Schools and will face numerous challenges in the district if they are elected the city's next mayor.


As COVID Cases Rise, Chicago Students Encouraged To Get Vaccinated, Wear Masks Over Break

“It’s a complicated time knowing that this is respiratory virus season, and that that surge that is coming is likely to hit across the whole city,” the city's health commissioner said.


Here’s How To Help Chicago Students After Shooting Outside Juarez High School

Fundraisers are live to support the students' families while numerous help hotlines are available for students to speak crisis counselors. Students also are allowed mental health days under a new state law.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Public Schools’ Application Deadline Is Next Week. Here’s What You Need To Know

Chicago Public Schools has tried to simplify the process for going to a school that’s different from your assigned neighborhood school.


Fate Of Urban Prep’s Third Campus In The Hands Of Illinois Board of Education

The move comes after the Chicago Board of Education voted to end its charter agreement with Urban Prep to operate two other campuses in Bronzeville and Englewood.

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