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Yana Kunichoff, Chalkbeat Chicago

Teachers Union And CPS Reach Tentative Agreement To Reopen Chicago High Schools After Weeks Of Tense Negotiations

Teachers upped the pressure on the district to reach an agreement by refusing to report to classrooms Wednesday and Thursday.

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Teacher’s Union, CPS Reach Tentative Agreement To Reopen Chicago High Schools After Weeks Of Tense Negotiations

As union and district leaders clashed over details of reopening, teachers worked from home and refused to report to classrooms Wednesday and Thursday.

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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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In Chicago, Parent Fundraising Eases Reopening At Some Schools — And Leaves Others Out

The dynamic in a city deeply segregated by race and wealth has long contributed to the inequalities among schools.

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Chicago Says Most Of Its Teachers And Staff Should Return To Campus For 4th Quarter

Officials are calling back most teachers this spring and have reported an uptick in the number of families signing up for in-person learning.

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Chicago Public Schools To Invest $24 Million In Student Trauma And Mental Health Programs

CPS plans to spend the money across three years to expand the number of behavioral support teams from 200 schools to closer to 500 and enlist more help from community groups through grants.

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Chicago Sets April 19 Return Date For High School Students

The district said Tuesday that April 19 is a “target” date and negotiations with the teachers union, which have been productive, are ongoing.

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Chicago Schools Will Begin Testing Students For COVID-19 Next Week

The goal will be to test symptomatic students or those who had close contact with a person who tested positive for the virus, and to use surveillance testing to catch students who may be asymptomatic.

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Disrupted Routines And New Rules: They’re In Fourth Grade And On The Front Lines Of School Reopening

Chalkbeat Chicago caught up with four fourth graders who, like millions of students, have seen their school system roiled by change.

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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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1 in 3 Chicago Teachers Working From Home As Classrooms Reopen

Of the more than 10,800 teachers expected to report for in-person learning so far, the district granted 3,750 accommodations.

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Five Things To Know About Chicago’s COVID-19 Alert System In Schools

CPS budgeted more than $1 million for its COVID-19 notification and contact tracing system, which includes a new district-level team and several online reporting programs.

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Chicago Has A Deal With Teachers. How Long Can The Peace Last?

One week after Chicago struck a fragile peace with its teachers union, fault lines have emerged over who gets to work from home, for how long, and why.

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A Troubling Trend In Chicago’s School Reopening: More Students Disengaged

CPS released data that showed the majority of white families reported to school buildings as expected so far, while nearly half of Black families chose to stay home. About 62% of Latino students reported to campuses.

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From Anxiety To Joy: Stories Of Chicago’s Contentious Return To The Classroom

For some, reopening doors has caused them to fear for their safety. For others, it’s been a relief, injecting normalcy into difficult times.

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‘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.

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2020 LSC Election Participation Plummets, Nearly 1,000 Seats Unfilled

The figures paint a stark picture of the ongoing drop in engagement around LSCs, the mini-democracies that are given authority over budgets and principal hiring in most Chicago schools.

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Among The Chicago Teachers Union’s Demands: No To ‘Simultaneous’ Instruction

The union released its list of demands Thursday, and it’s the most detailed look yet at what it would take to get union leaders to support reopening schools.

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With A Reopening Date Set, Will Chicago Teachers Come?

The district has announced staggered reopening dates for students in kindergarten to eighth grade starting in January.

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