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Samantha Smylie, Chalkbeat Chicago

Hybrid Or Elected School Board? Lightfoot Proposal Stirs Debate In Springfield

Sen. Kimberly Lightford said she will sponsor the mayor’s bill for a partly elected and partly appointed “hybrid” board. But Wednesday, Lightford criticized a bill to create a fully elected board, then voted for it.

Citywide

Chicago Could Bring Some Special Education Students Into School For Services Under New Plan

Since buildings closed in the spring, parents of children with disabilities have sounded the alarm, saying they aren’t able to meet the complex needs of their children the way a raft of school professionals could.

Downtown

For Parents Of Children With Disabilities, Remote Learning Feels Like Another Full-Time Job

Chicago Public Schools has pledged this year will be better for students in special education. But it’s still unclear how the district will provide some services virtually.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

‘They Know What They See’: Chicago Educators Reach Out To Students About Racism, Police Brutality After George Floyd’s Death

“We need to be present, we need to be available, we need to be accessible. Even if you don’t know what to say, show up and be present.”

Downtown

Schools Could Reopen In The Fall, Lightfoot Says — But Teachers Union Disagrees

Lightfoot said Friday that there are “different options” on the table. “Having alternate days. Kind of a platoon circumstance. Really limiting the number of kids that are in a classroom at any given time."

Downtown

For Chicago Homeless Students, School Provided More Than An Education. Here’s How They Are Coping

Homeless children already endured instability and uncertainty before a pandemic swiftly closed schools that fed, sheltered and educated them by day.

Downtown