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Chicago Narrows Racial Gaps In 5-Year Graduation Rate, But Disparities Persist

CPS on Thursday said 83.8 percent of students graduated in five years in 2021, compared with a rate of 82.5 percent last year.

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Chicago Public Schools Will Relax Its Employee COVID Vaccine Mandate

CPS will allow unvaccinated employees to continue working after a Friday COVID-19 vaccine mandate deadline if they take a weekly coronavirus test.

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New Schools Chief Pedro Martinez On How He Plans To Help Chicago Students Recover

"For me, it’s very clear: The schools are safe. But there’s still some anxiety to reduce," said Martinez, who took over Chicago Public Schools Sept. 29.

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Chicago Had A Long List Of Disengaged Students. Did Efforts To Reel Them In Pay Off?

The district flagged about 70,000 students as at risk of disconnecting from learning — and directed schools to track them down.

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Boys Of Color Were Hit Hard By The Pandemic. What Do They Need Now?

In Chicago and nationally, data show a steeper drop in attendance and a more marked increase in failing grades for male Black and Latino students.

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Summer School In Chicago Was Billed As A Big Deal. But Data Is Scarce On How It Went

Summer programs varied significantly across campuses, with some schools hosting 20 or more opportunities while others offered just one.

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What Should Chicago’s New Schools CEO Tackle First? Parents, Students And Insiders Have Ideas

Pedro Martinez, a graduate of Benito Juarez High School, took over as schools chief last week.

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6 Things To Know About Pedro Martinez, Chicago’s Next Schools Chief

The oldest of 10 children, Martinez grew up in Chicago, attended Benito Juarez High and has three sisters teaching in Chicago Public Schools.

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New CPS CEO Will Be San Antonio Superintendent Pedro Martinez, A Juarez Graduate

Martinez, who worked for CPS under Arne Duncan, had been considering a frontrunner for the job to assume the reins from interim CEO José Torres.

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Chicago Public Schools Will Miss This Week’s COVID-19 Testing Deadline

CPS leaders say they now aim to offer testing at every district campus by the end of September — roughly a month after its original goal.

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COVID Concerns Kept These Students Home. Now They Are No Longer Enrolled

Families organized a #CPSSickOut movement to try to force the district to offer virtual learning. Instead, some students were dropped from campus rolls.

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As Quarantine Notices Go Out, CPS Needs More Time To Fully Expand School COVID Testing

The district had pledged voluntary testing for every school would be in place during the first week of the school year.

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‘All Of Us Are Learning To Do School Again’: Chicago Students Return To Campus During COVID Surge

With the Delta variant surging, there was trepidation about returning to class — and a blend of hope and uncertainty about the academic catchup and emotional healing students face in the months ahead.

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Chicago Schools Are Fully Reopening For The First Time In More Than 500 Days. Here’s What To Know

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said the union has no intention of blocking the start of the school year. But it will continue to “ring alarms” about what he described as safety shortfalls, he said.

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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.

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San Antonio Superintendent, Another Outside Candidate Top Contenders For Chicago Schools Chief

Pedro Martinez recently made news by issuing a mask mandate and a staff vaccination mandate, defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order banning public entities from requiring masks or COVID shots.

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With School Less Than Two Weeks Away, Chicago Has Not Picked A District Leader

José Torres was appointed as acting schools chief in June after Janice Jackson stepped down.

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Chicago Will Overhaul Standardized Testing Amid Questions About How To Measure COVID Academic Gaps

In place of the Measure of Academic Progress, or MAP, math and reading tests it has administered since 2013, the district will instead allow schools to opt into two new assessments. 

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CPS Unveils $9.3 Billion Budget With A Focus On Reopening, Repairs

Officials said spending — 10% percent more than last year — prioritizes schools in high-need communities and those hit hardest by the pandemic.

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One Counselor, 665 Students: Counselors Stretched At Chicago’s Majority Latino Schools

The district plans to spend $5 million on 64 additional counselors by 2023.

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