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Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Will Drop Daily COVID-19 Screener And Bring Back Simultaneous Instruction In Quarantine Cases

The district will also not require temperature checks at the school entrances because a fever isn’t the most reliable way to tell if a student has contracted COVID-19.


Inside Chicago’s ‘Refugee High’: Gun Violence, Asylum Appeals, Coming Of Age In America

"Refugee High” documents four teenagers during the 2017-2018 school year in Chicago.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Should COVID-19 Cases Force Classroom Closures? The Debate Unfolds In Chicago

Around the country, school districts are grappling with the tricky question of when and how to quarantine students and staff after confirmed cases of COVID-19.


‘I Have To Start All Over Again’: Chicago Parents Worry About What’s Next If Preschools Close

Chicago parents are scrambling to find alternative child care as Head Start programs face steep budget cuts.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Illinois Is Expelling Fewer Preschoolers. But Programs Still Exclude Young Children

Boys, Black children and kids with disabilities are overrepresented among children who are formally expelled from programs in Illinois, data shows.


Chicago Elected School Board Bill Heads To Governor, Despite Lingering Questions

If Gov. JB Pritzker signs the legislation — over Mayor Lori Lightfoot's opposition — Chicago would have its first fully elected school board by 2027.


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.


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.


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.


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.


‘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, Back of the Yards

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, 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.

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