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Mila Koumpilova, Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Wants Leeway To Require COVID Vaccines For School Employees — But Has No Plans To Do So

The district also wants employees to disclose whether they have been vaccinated.


How One Chicago School Is Confronting The Thorny ‘Learning Loss’ Question

Schools chief Janice Jackson stressed the importance of moving away from remediation in addressing learning loss. The focus should be on providing students below grade level more resources to accelerate learning, she said.


‘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

More Chicago Seniors May Be Graduating — But Only A Fraction Finish College, Report Shows

Slightly more than 40 percent of Chicago Public Schools students go to four-year colleges, and only half of them graduate.


‘We Need To Forge Forward’: Mayor Lightfoot Says Chicago Schools Will Reopen Monday Despite Labor Troubles

The Chicago Teachers Union has fiercely opposed reopening schools but the mayor and schools chief Janice Jackson have persisted with their plans to re-launch in-person learning next week.


CPS Watchdog Report Details Cases Of Sexual Misconduct Targeting Chicago Students

Of the almost 50 employees involved in sexual misconduct investigations who were fired, resigned or retired, some remained in good standing with the state board of education even after the district had filed reports with the state.


Chicago Public Schools Watchdog To Investigate Emergency Computer Deal With Lightfoot Donor

The district bought laptops and tablets from Meeting Tomorrow as part of a larger push to quickly get devices into the hands of students who needed them for remote learning.

Albany Park

Chicago Public Schools Seeks To Extend Its Emergency Spending Powers


Chicago Schools Needed Computers. Then The Mayor Emailed About A ‘Really Good Guy.’

Mark Aistrope, the CEO of Chicago-based Meeting Tomorrow, who contributed nearly $30,000 to Lightfoot’s mayoral bid, emailed the mayor in late March.

Albany Park

As Chicago Eyes Reopening, Teachers Face A New Learning Curve: Simultaneous Instruction

Chicago Public Schools’ gradual reopening plan for early 2021 calls for a mix of in-person and virtual learning.


‘A Story On Dark Days’: How One Chicago Student’s Anime Club Is Creating Community During A Pandemic

Chalkbeat reporters are documenting the stories of high school freshmen across the United States at telling moments throughout this unprecedented school year.

Englewood, Chatham

Chicago Day Cares And Private Schools Reported 495 COVID Cases, But Numbers Don’t Tell The Whole Story

From April 1 through mid-October, the city tracked 267 cases in child care centers, 207 in private and charter schools that offer some in-person instruction and 21 at in-person park district camps.


Parents Weigh Reopening Decisions As Tensions Between Chicago Leaders And Union Mount

The district and teachers union clashed over a pair of reopening surveys and school building inspections.


CPS Releases More Details About ‘Phased-In’ School Reopening Plan Amid Sharp Enrollment Drop

The phased reopening plan comes as CPS enrollment has dropped by 15,000 students.


CPS Plans To Reopen School Buildings For Special Education, Pre-K — But Continue Virtual Learning For Most

The district plans to phase in some students after an all-virtual start to the second quarter.


Chicago Is Weighing Whether To Reopen Schools. Can It Move Forward Without The Consent Of Its Teachers?

Chicago schools officials have met regularly with the Chicago Teachers Union representatives, but they haven’t agreed on a road map or even on the need for one.


Two Chicago Charters To Keep Virtual Learning Until The New Year; CPS Hasn’t Announced Plans

Chicago International Charter Schools and Acero, which each oversee more than a dozen campuses, surveyed parents and found a majority preferred to continue learning remotely.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

In Chicago, A Firmer Hand — And Some Confusion — On Student Attendance

Chicago is taking a harder line on tracking student attendance this fall and stepping up efforts to boost student participation in live virtual classes.

Englewood, Chatham

Chicago Says It Won’t Reopen Schools Until It Completes Air Quality Checks

The teachers union has cited ventilation as a key safety concern.

Englewood, Chatham

When And How Will Chicago Decide About Reopening School Buildings? Parents Press For Answers.

The decision on whether to bring students back into school buildings on Nov. 9 is looming for Chicago.

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