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In Chicago Public Schools, More Principals And Teachers Are Leaving

In the first seven months of this fiscal year, which began in July, the pace of turnover picked up among all employee groups. Teacher retirement and resignations jumped roughly 85 percent.

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Chicago Poised To End Controversial School Ratings System

The district is extending an April deadline to unveil a policy until spring 2023 at the latest.

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Chicago Comes Closer To Solving School Bus Woes Six Months Into School Year

Chicago has struggled with school bus driver shortages since the start of the school year, leaving thousands of students without a dependable ride to school.

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Chicago Sees COVID Cases Drop By 60 Percent In Schools, Health Officials Say

CPS reported 439 students and 121 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 last week, a drop of about 60 percent compared to two weeks ago.

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Chicago Schools See Slowdown In COVID Vaccine Uptake For 5- To 11-Year-Olds

About 22 percent of all 5- to 11-year-olds in the district have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 34 percent have received at least one dose, but uptake varies widely by neighborhood.

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‘It’s Lowkey Against Our Rights’: Chicago Public Schools Students Divided On Masking

In Chicago, a safety agreement with the district’s teachers union upholds mask-wearing and guards against immediate change. 

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Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey To Step Down In June

Sharkey said he will return to the classroom in the fall, though he did not rule out a possible mayoral run when asked. He is backing his second-in-command, Stacy Davis Gates, in a May union leadership election.

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COVID Protocols: What You Need To Know About Changing Guidance In Chicago Schools

Shorter quarantine, a push for testing, school-level closures when cases rise: January has brought a round of changes to Chicago’s COVID-19 school safety protocols.

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Chicago Could Reroute Buses From More Schools To Help Its Most Vulnerable Students

Since the start of the school year, Chicago, along with districts nationwide, has been plagued by school bus driver shortages, leaving thousands of students without a dependable ride to school.

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Chicago Public Schools Shortens Quarantine To 5 Days Starting Feb. 1

The rules will apply to unvaccinated students in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or students and staff instructed to quarantine or isolate after testing positive.

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Chicago Faces An Imminent Deadline To Sign Up More Students For COVID-19 Testing

The district has 83,000 students signed up for testing, just under one-third of students in district-run schools. CPS is aiming to all 100 percent of students signed up.

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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.

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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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