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Yana Kunichoff, Chalkbeat Chicago

Chicago Kids Are Required To Learn About Police Torture. So How’s It Being Taught?

Chalkbeat Chicago and Curious City caught up with one of the educators to pilot the curriculum in its first year, and who has trained other educators, to talk about his experience teaching about reparations in Chicago.


The Struggle To Close Reading Gaps In A Pandemic Year Is Real. Just Ask Chicago Parents

The already difficult process of learning to read was made even more complicated this year by disparities in remote learning experiences coupled with wide-ranging inconsistency in how Chicago schools teach reading.


Parents, Teachers Wonder What’s Next After Chicago Schools Chief Janice Jackson Says She’s Leaving District

Jackson — who worked for Chicago Public Schools as a teacher and principal, and led the district for 3 ½ years — will step down when her contact expires in June. It falls to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint Jackson's replacement.


CPS Chief Janice Jackson And Other Top Leaders Leaving School District

Under Chicago’s system, it will now be up to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint a new schools chief to take Jackson’s place.


1 in 5 Chicago High School Students Absent In First Week Of Reopening

About 19 percent of students were absent, 70 percent of students learned remotely, and 11 percent of the district’s 72,600 high school students were present in school buildings the week of April 19.


‘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.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

CPS CEO Janice Jackson Says Goal Is To Reopen Chicago Schools Full Time — But When?

As Chicago opened its high school buildings Monday for the first time in a year, the schools chief made clear that her goal is to open all schools to all students five days a week.


Final High School Vote Caps Long And Disruptive Reopening Journey In Chicago

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union voted for the agreement with 83 percent in favor.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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