Articles By Yana Kunichoff, Chalkbeat Chicago

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Chicago Public Schools Will Keep Its Police Program — For Now

The school board voted 4-3 in favor of keeping Chicago Police officers in city schools.

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Chicago School Board To Vote On Removing School Police Wednesday

The vote comes as multiple school districts across the country are severing relationships with local police. But the district chief says the ultimate decision must remain with individual schools.

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Chicago Says It Will Reform School Budgeting. Can Efforts Survive A Pandemic?

In a moment of historical financial uncertainty, how reform will get done — and what cuts it could mean in other places — only underscores how difficult it is to revisit school funding in a city that has faced chronic school budget deficits.

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Teaching Reading Was Hard Before A Pandemic. Now Chicago Teachers Walk A Tightrope Of Technology And Attention

Teachers have pivoted from their previous routine without a roadmap and are plotting out how to teach students from a distance.

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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."

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Frontline Chicago School Administrators Say They Still Lack Protective Equipment, As National Supply Grab Continues

“I have never felt more dispensable in my entire professional life,” one administrator noted on the survey. “I have underlying medical conditions. It feels like CPS truly doesn’t care if I get sick, as long as they say they got out technology to students.”

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Illinois Schools Cut Public’s Input Despite More Questions, Less Access For Students, Parents, Employees

The Chicago school board, which once allowed hours of public testimony from up to 60 people, now permits only 15 speakers for a total of 30 minutes.

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Chicago School Board Approves $75 Million To Tackle COVID-19-Related School Needs

The funds would cover food aid the district already has been providing, but could also cover computers and iPads for remote learning.