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Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Plans To Reopen Schools, Close Budget Gap With $720 Million In Anticipated Stimulus Funds

So far, Chicago’s school-related emergency expenditures have totaled $75 million this year, including $42 million in technology purchases, CPS CEO Janice Jackson said.

New Study Says Chicago’s Teacher Evaluation May Penalize Black Educators

The scores could lead to disproportionate and incorrect identification of Black teachers for remediation and dismissal — an outcome that would be counterproductive to efforts to diversify the teacher workforce.

Chicago Plans To Recall Teachers And Reopen Schools, Even If The Majority Of Students Stay Home

“The way I look at it, we’re crafting a plan for 100 percent of wishes,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson told Chalkbeat in a wide-ranging interview about the city’s reopening plans.

Chicago Sets Jan. 11 School Reopening Date for Prekindergarten, Feb. 1 For Elementary School

Kindergarten through eighth grade students will begin in-person classes Feb. 1, according to CPS.

Chicago’s Childhood Vaccination Rates Are Slipping. Why Health Officials Are Worried

A quarter of low-income children who attend Chicago’s publicly funded child care sites are behind on critical immunizations for such serious illnesses as measles or polio.

Lightfoot On Reopening CPS: We’re ‘Following Very Closely’ The Experience Of Catholic Schools

The mayor, who oversees public schools in Chicago and appoints the schools chief and board, is expected to make the final call about reopening campuses along with city health officials.

‘We Are All First-Year Teachers Today:’ Chicago Educators Start Unprecedented School Year With Ambitions, Questions

How do you build excitement for a first day of school online? Educators kick off virtual school year amid coronavirus pandemic.

8 Things We’re Watching As Chicago Starts The School Year Remotely

Chicago now requires a minimum number of minutes for live instruction — around 3 hours for many ages, with a total day spanning 6 hours.


Chicago Public Schools To Expand Free Meal Sites For Fall

The district’s meal kits include three breakfasts and three lunches, ranging from bagels and yogurt to cheese pizzas, hamburgers and sandwiches.

After String Of Safety Problems At Chicago Early Childhood Centers, Feds Take Notice

The federal government says Chicago has not done enough to correct health and safety problems in the child care programs it oversees for some 11,000 children.

Chicago To Reconsider Remote Learning For Juniors And Seniors. Here’s What Students Say.

The district will hold five public meetings this week for public feedback, in advance of releasing a final plan in August.

Chicago’s Teachers Union Calls For An All-Remote Start To Fall

The union also released a report calling for nearly 50 safety protocols before returning to in-person learning.

Expect Masks, Temperature Checks: Chicago Schools Chief Offers New Details About Fall

Chicago remains “committed” to its start date of Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson wrote.

‘They Know What They See’: Chicago Educators Reach Out To Students About Racism, Police Brutality After George Floyd’s Death

“We need to be present, we need to be available, we need to be accessible. Even if you don’t know what to say, show up and be present.”

Here’s Chicago’s New Grading Policy, Explained

Six weeks after schools closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, Chicago will relax its grading policy and automatically promote elementary students to the next grade.

1 In 5 Chicago Students Lacks Broadband. Here’s Where They Live

More children in West Englewood, Englewood, Auburn-Gresham and North Lawndale lack broadband access than in any other city neighborhood.

Chicago Issuing Thousands Of Tech Devices. Now It Needs Students To Log On

While getting students online to learn, teachers and administrators are also trying to track down missing families.

Illinois Will Charge ‘Essential’ Workers $1 For Child Care During Coronavirus Emergency

Gov. JB Pritzker said the state will pick up all but $1 of the tab for health care workers, grocery clerks and other “essential” workers who place their children in state-licensed child care centers or homes.

Chicago Plans To Give 100,000 Tech Devices To Students. Here Are The Rules.

Devices will go first to special education students, English language learners and students in eighth grade and higher who don’t have devices at home.

Chicago Parents And Students, How Is School Without School Going?

We want to hear your experiences with e-learning during the coronavirus stay at home order.

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