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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.

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

For First Time, Chicago’s Local School Council Election To Include Mail-In Option

The new hybrid voting option will ensure mail-in ballots are sent to teachers, school staff and parents, while still offering an in-person voting option for those groups.

Citywide

Thousands Of Students Are Missing From Chicago’s Virtual Classrooms. Here’s The Plan To Find Them.

CPS said 49,000 students failed to log into classrooms on the first day of remote learning, a figure it has now winnowed down to fewer than 6,900 after expanded outreach efforts.

Downtown

A 6-Hour School Day With More Live Instruction: Chicago Public Schools Releases Final Fall Plan

The plan includes a return to letter grades and the daily tracking of attendance.

Downtown

CPS Agreed To Pay School Police Officers’ Full Salary And Pensions — Up To $150,000 Per Year

New data shows what CPS’ contract with police calls for: a full year’s salary and benefits for 10 months of work.

Downtown

Lincoln Park High Allegations Test Chicago’s New Protocol For Investigating Sexual Misconduct Complaints

“The mood is somber. The school is in chaos,” one parent said Thursday.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Bernie Sanders Joins Chicago Teachers Union Rally, Calls Educators ‘The Conscience Of America’

Chicago teachers are voting this week on whether or not to authorize a strike, which could happen as soon as Oct. 7.

Downtown

Chicago Graduated More Seniors This Year. How Did Your School Do?

The school district said that gains by African-American students are one of the biggest drivers behind the improved numbers.

Englewood, Chatham

In The Middle Of Chicago, An Emerging Curriculum Blooms In A Hidden City Garden

The Urban Growers Collective camp teaches students about everything from gardening and compost to food justice and the agriculture industry.

Downtown

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Appoints Parents, Grads, Educators For New Chicago School Board

Chicago's new mayor overhauled the board that oversees the Chicago Public Schools.

Downtown

In First Term As Mayor, Lightfoot’s Schools Agenda To Include Overhaul Of Budgets, Campus Policing

Lori Lightfoot’s transition committees presented recommendations for the mayor-elect’s agenda Friday.

Downtown

Early Kindergarten, Grade Skipping: Chicago Considers New Options For Gifted Children

Parents who’ve seen a proposal draft say it sets the bar too high for most children to qualify.

Downtown

Dedicated Teachers, Overflowing Bathrooms: What Chicagoans Want Lori Lightfoot To Know About Their Schools

More than 330 educators, parents and students weighed in on what they want Lori Lightfoot to know about Chicago Public Schools.

Downtown

Internet Failure Interrupts ‘Zombie PARCC’ At 125 Chicago Schools

The outage began in the morning when AT&T, the district’s service provider, accidentally cut through a fiber optic cable.

Downtown

Chicago Says Nearly Half Of Its Schools Are Under-Enrolled, But Critics Challenge District Formula

In years past, the numbers have been used to help justify school closings.

Downtown