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Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago

Why Teachers At Chicago’s First All-Male Charter Network Have Gone On Strike

Teachers voted unanimously to strike in late May and want pay increases that would put their salaries closer to those of teachers at CPS schools.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Chicago Schools CEO Search: ‘A Very Difficult Job — Now More Than Ever’

CPS CEO Janice Jackson is leaving the district as it recovers from a pandemic and tries to reengage thousands of students who fell off the grid last year.

Citywide

Parents, Teachers Wonder What’s Next After Chicago Schools Chief Janice Jackson Says She’s Leaving District

Jackson — who worked for Chicago Public Schools as a teacher and principal, and led the district for 3 ½ years — will step down when her contact expires in June. It falls to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint Jackson's replacement.

Citywide

CPS Chief Janice Jackson And Other Top Leaders Leaving School District

Under Chicago’s system, it will now be up to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint a new schools chief to take Jackson’s place.

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More Chicago Students Got Into Their High School Programs Of Choice

The district’s selective-enrollment schools offered more seats to Black and special education students, while the number of Latino offers was flat.

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‘Adam Should Be Alive Today’: How Chicago Teachers Are Talking About A 13-Year-Old’s Killing

Classroom teachers often are the emotional first responders to students who may share names, zip codes or life stories with the young people affected by police violence.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

As 21-Person Elected School Board Bill Gains Momentum, Calls Grow In Chicago For Another Option

A key state House committee passed the bill this week, but opponents want to reduce the size of the board or seek a hybrid model with some members appointed and others elected.

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Chicago Schools’ No. 2 To Lead Virginia’s Second Largest School District

LaTanya McDade, the second-in-command at Chicago Public Schools, will be the next chief of Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia.

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Disrupted Routines And New Rules: They’re In Fourth Grade And On The Front Lines Of School Reopening

Chalkbeat Chicago caught up with four fourth graders who, like millions of students, have seen their school system roiled by change.

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‘Too Early To Tell’ About Full-Time Fall Schooling In Chicago, But Students Could Start Before Labor Day

The majority of Chicago Public Schools students are continuing to learn remotely so far this quarter as the district reopens classrooms for Pre-K, special education and grade-school students who chose in-school learning.

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How Are Chicago’s Students? What Families Said About Learning In A Tumultuous Year

Chalkbeat Chicago received more than 350 responses from families and students citywide.

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Chicago’s Teachers Will Get Vaccinated. When Will Its Child Care Workers?

Child care workers technically qualified for vaccines beginning in the state’s second phase, on Jan. 25, along with adults age 65 and older and essential workers like public transit drivers.

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‘Very Strange And Unsettling’: Chicago Families Weary Of Reopening Uncertainty

Regardless of their reopening stance, many are trying desperately to find their bearings in a month that is bringing schedule changes, classroom reassignments, confusing messaging and upset children.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

In Chicago, Teachers With Children Less Likely To Get Permission To Work From Home

In Chicago, only 1 in 10 teachers who asked for a child-care accommodation that would allow them to continue working remotely received such permission, according to Dec. 29 data provided by Chicago Public Schools.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
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