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Chicago Teachers Narrowly Approve School Reopening Deal, But COVID-19 Safety Concerns Linger

Teachers going into the vote said they had mixed feelings about the proposal, which the union's rank-and-file finalized with 56 percent in favor of resuming in-person classes.

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Chicago Schools COVID Vaccination, Testing Rates Vary Widely By Campus, Data Shows

At more than 200 schools, the opt-in COVID testing rates fall short of the city’s 10% threshold goal. At 70 schools, 10 or fewer students are enrolled in the school-based testing program.

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Chicago School Bus Companies Pocketed ‘Good-Faith’ Payments But Still Laid Off Workers

Despite the district’s payments, which came to total more than $53 million, bus companies struggled to ramp up operations this past fall, stranding thousands of students without transportation.

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At West Side Military High School, Alleged Misconduct Often Went Unreported: Watchdog

A report paints a picture of a school culture where sexual harassment and charges of abuse and inappropriate behavior were overlooked or brushed under the rug by those in charge at Marine Leadership Academy in Logan Square.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

How Much COVID Relief Money Will Your Chicago School Get? Here’s What We Know.

Over the summer, the district gave $47 million to its roughly 500 campuses, allowing them to spend the money as they saw fit to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health fallout.

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5 Things We’ve Learned About COVID-19 In Chicago Schools

District officials have avoided large-scale school closures as students returned to in-person learning. But critics have questioned the district’s efforts with testing and contact tracing.

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New CPS CEO Says He’ll Address Staffing Shortages And Transportation Issues For Students With Disabilities

Students with disabilities are still having trouble difficulty getting reliable transportation, and special education assistants have been pulled from classrooms because of staff shortages.

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Is Chicago’s School Staffing Crunch About To Get Worse?

The post-Thanksgiving spike in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant could further complicate existing staffing problems.

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Chicago Hopes To Curb Number Of Quarantined Students With Test-To-Stay Pilot

The test-to-stay pilot comes amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases across the city, as well as the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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At Some Chicago Schools, Fewer Than 5 Students Signed Up For COVID Testing

Some schools in Little Village, North Lawndale and Austin had fewer than five students enrolled in CPS' testing program.

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In Chicago, Shrinking Majority Latino Schools Pose A Key Enrollment Challenge

Amid a moratorium on school closures until 2025, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez has vowed to better understand the drivers of student losses at the neighborhood and campus level. 

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Chicago Might Rely Less On Yellow Buses To Transport Students Next Fall

CPS leaders are considering continuing transportation stipends and partnerships with companies that provide rides to children amid a national school bus driver shortage.

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‘Where Are The Federal Dollars?’: Chicago Teachers Union Says COVID Relief Is Not Reaching High-Need Schools

More federal pandemic relief spending on staffing has been a key sticking point in negotiations over a fall reopening agreement.

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Chicago Did Away With Mandatory Fall Tests. Will That Hurt The District’s Pandemic Recovery?

As schools tackled bouncing back from pandemic disruption, the district started phasing in two suites of optional academic assessments.

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Chicago’s Future School Board Members Will Not Be Paid, Raising Questions About Representation

The issue of compensation spotlights an ongoing concern for local advocates of the elected school board movement: whether the board will represent working-class families.

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Chicago School Bus Service Still A Daily Gamble For Some Families

There are 3,800 students without reliable school transportation, according to data presented Wednesday to the school board.

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Why Few Chicago Parents May Be Signing Children Up For School-Based COVID Testing

Only about 7 percent of the district’s student body has enrolled in the testing program.

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Chicago To Expand Anti-Violence Youth Program That Reduced Arrests In Pilot

Choose to Change will reach 1,000 students this school year, CEO Pedro Martinez said Monday. Four community groups will provide services to students most impacted by violence and trauma.

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New Chicago Schools CEO Pedro Martinez Got A Pay Bump — And Will Outearn His Predecessor

Martinez's contract extends through June 2026. The school board votes Wednesday to formally appoint him.

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Chicago Narrows Racial Gaps In 5-Year Graduation Rate, But Disparities Persist

CPS on Thursday said 83.8 percent of students graduated in five years in 2021, compared with a rate of 82.5 percent last year.

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