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Mila Koumpilova, Chalkbeat Chicago

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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Interim CPS CEO José Torres To Get $335,000 A Year, A Raise From Outgoing Chief’s Salary

Torres starts as interim schools chief Thursday, stepping in for Janice Jackson, who left the job this week.

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‘The Single Most Important Task We Have’: Chicago Previews Plan To Reconnect With Missing Students

About 84,500 students have been flagged for targeted support, including stepped-up efforts to reach their families over the phone this summer.

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Chicago Offers More Details About Its Full-Time Remote Option — Including Who’s Eligible

According to school board documents, “It is the intent of the board to have remote learning be an essential part of how we educate students in future school years.”

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Mayor Names Jose Torres As Interim CEO Of Chicago Public Schools

Torres will lead the district until CPS finds a permanent replacement for Janice Jackson, who is leaving the post this month.

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It’s Official: Chicago Schools Will Fully Reopen Next Fall, With Mandatory Attendance For Most

The majority of students will start the school year in their classrooms for the first time since early 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit Chicago.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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