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Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago

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.


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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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.


‘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

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.


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.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

‘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.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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.

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