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Mila Koumpilova, Chalkbeat Chicago

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.


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, West Loop

Chicago Will Increase School Budgets By $225 Million As It Pushes Full-Time Fall Schedule

The district said schools will receive $85 million to address recovery from the pandemic. Principals will have leeway to use most of the money to support students’ academic needs, with some dollars earmarked for out-of-school enrichment opportunities and some going to charter schools.


Under Pressure From Pandemic, Chicago Lays Out Changes To Competitive High School Admissions Process

CPS will replace a spring test and its selective-enrollment exam with one high school assessment for choice programs that all students will take during the school day.


Chicago Teachers Union Threatens To Go Back To Working Remotely Wednesday If No High School Deal Is Reached

High school educators will refuse to work from school buildings unless an agreement is reached with the district before then.


Teachers Union Calls On Chicago To Delay High School Reopening By A Week, But District Wants To Stay Course

Officials said they are working with the city’s public health department on a vaccination plan for students 16 and older, but the district has not shared any details.


Chicago Asks Its High Schools To Come Up With Alternatives To Campus Police

The district has asked each high school to form a campus safety committee to make recommendations.


In Class But Onscreen: Chicago’s Return To School Buildings Brings New Tradeoffs

With roughly a third of Chicago teachers currently working from home, the scenario of in-person students learning with a virtual teacher has been one of the inevitable compromises families and educators have faced.


Chicago Expects 55,000 More Students In Its Biggest Reopening Test Yet

Almost 61,000 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade as well as some high school special education students are expected in school buildings by the end of next week, when the district will bring back the middle grades.


Monday’s Reopening Will Bring Fewer Chicago Students Than Expected

CPS expects about 60,700 students in the elementary grades and in intensive special education programs to learn in school buildings by mid-March — slightly fewer than 30 percent of the eligible students.


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.

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