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How Are Chicago’s Students? What Families Said About Learning In A Tumultuous Year

Chalkbeat Chicago received more than 350 responses from families and students citywide.

Citywide

Monday’s Reopening Will Bring Fewer Chicago Students Than Expected

CPS expects about 60,700 students in the elementary grades and in intensive special education programs to learn in school buildings by mid-March — slightly fewer than 30 percent of the eligible students.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Chicago Wants Leeway To Require COVID Vaccines For School Employees — But Has No Plans To Do So

The district also wants employees to disclose whether they have been vaccinated.

Citywide

How One Chicago School Is Confronting The Thorny ‘Learning Loss’ Question

Schools chief Janice Jackson stressed the importance of moving away from remediation in addressing learning loss. The focus should be on providing students below grade level more resources to accelerate learning, she said.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Chicago’s Teachers Will Get Vaccinated. When Will Its Child Care Workers?

Child care workers technically qualified for vaccines beginning in the state’s second phase, on Jan. 25, along with adults age 65 and older and essential workers like public transit drivers.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

‘Very Strange And Unsettling’: Chicago Families Weary Of Reopening Uncertainty

Regardless of their reopening stance, many are trying desperately to find their bearings in a month that is bringing schedule changes, classroom reassignments, confusing messaging and upset children.

Englewood, Chatham

More Chicago Seniors May Be Graduating — But Only A Fraction Finish College, Report Shows

Slightly more than 40 percent of Chicago Public Schools students go to four-year colleges, and only half of them graduate.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

Chicago Public Schools Watchdog To Investigate Emergency Computer Deal With Lightfoot Donor

The district bought laptops and tablets from Meeting Tomorrow as part of a larger push to quickly get devices into the hands of students who needed them for remote learning.

Albany Park

Chicago Public Schools Seeks To Extend Its Emergency Spending Powers

Citywide

Chicago Schools Needed Computers. Then The Mayor Emailed About A ‘Really Good Guy.’

Mark Aistrope, the CEO of Chicago-based Meeting Tomorrow, who contributed nearly $30,000 to Lightfoot’s mayoral bid, emailed the mayor in late March.

Albany Park

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.

Citywide

New Study Says Chicago’s Teacher Evaluation May Penalize Black Educators

The scores could lead to disproportionate and incorrect identification of Black teachers for remediation and dismissal — an outcome that would be counterproductive to efforts to diversify the teacher workforce.

Citywide

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.

Citywide

As Chicago Eyes Reopening, Teachers Face A New Learning Curve: Simultaneous Instruction

Chicago Public Schools’ gradual reopening plan for early 2021 calls for a mix of in-person and virtual learning.

Citywide

Chicago Plans To Recall Teachers And Reopen Schools, Even If The Majority Of Students Stay Home

“The way I look at it, we’re crafting a plan for 100 percent of wishes,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson told Chalkbeat in a wide-ranging interview about the city’s reopening plans.

Citywide

Amid A Pandemic, A Reckoning For A Chicago Charter Turning Away From ‘No Excuses’

Noble, which before had promised to “sweat the small stuff” on discipline, got rid of its school uniforms and a controversial demerit policy that punished students for small infractions. But can the changes stick?

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