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Jones College Prep Students Plan Protest After Student Shows Up In Nazi-Like Uniform On Halloween

A student showed up to school in what appeared to be a Nazi uniform on Halloween and goose-stepped during a parade. Now, students are planning a walkout.

South Loop

2 CPS Teachers Say They’re Being Fired In Retaliation For Their Activism Against General Iron

Chicago Public Schools officials said Chuck Stark and Lauren Bianchi showed "poor judgment and bias," offering students incentives to attend protests. The George Washington High School teachers called the allegations "bogus."

South Chicago, East Side

Deaf Program At Logan Square Elementary School Won’t Close, CPS Says — But Parents, Students Still Have Concerns

Chase teachers and parents staged a protest after CPS previously said it would shut down the school's beloved deaf and hard of hearing program — but the district has now changed its tune.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Stacy Davis Gates Elected Chicago Teachers Union President

The incumbent leadership group known as Caucus of Rank and File Educators will retain power over the Chicago Teachers Union for another three years, but they face growing opposition.


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.


Little Village Devastated By Slaying Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega: ‘This Suffering Is Becoming All Too Familiar’

Melissa Ortega, a student at Emiliano Zapata Academy, and her mother had just immigrated to Chicago from Mexico this past summer.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Citing Burnout, COVID-19 And Canceled Classes, Northside College Prep Students Ask For ‘No Harm’ Midterms

The students are not asking to skip the tests, but they don't want scores to have a negative impact on their grades. "They’re treating this like we’re already out of the pandemic and there wasn’t just a work stoppage," one student said.

North Park

Chicago Students Return To Classrooms — But Some Already Sent Home To Quarantine: ‘This Whole System Has Been A Mess’

Wednesday marks the first day of in-person Chicago Public Schools classes after five days of cancellations — but not everyone is on board with the return to school.


After Initially Canceling All Classes This Week, Little Village’s Spry Elementary Decides To Reopen With Some Kids Remote Learning

The reversal was announced Tuesday after CPS and the teachers union reached a deal to resume in-person learning across the district.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Little Village’s Spry Elementary Cancels Classes All Week As Teacher Says Nearly All Of School Is Quarantined

Officials said the school is closed because of “expected staffing levels." One teacher said 15 of the school's 18 classrooms are in quarantine.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

CPS Students Don’t Face A COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement For Now, City’s Top Doc Says

Dr. Allison Arwardy's comment on school nurses during a hearing with alderpeople drew a rebuke from the Chicago Teachers Union.


Chicago Parents ‘Fed Up’ With Clashes Between CPS, CTU — And Some Plan To Leave The District

Block Club spoke to parents across the city. Some want kids at home during the COVID-19 surge, and others want kids in schools — but most agree there should have been a plan before this week.


Chicago Teachers Say They Want To Return To Classrooms, But They Need Better COVID-19 Safety Measures

CTU members voted to return to remote learning, saying the COVID-19 surge makes in-person learning too risky. "I want to be with my students more than anything, but we need safety, we need better choices from our district," one teacher said.


Chicago Teachers May Refuse To Work In Schools Starting Wednesday Amid COVID-19 Surge

The return from winter break comes as the city is experiencing a record surge in confirmed cases and after parents grappled with a chaotic student testing program.


Teachers Union Calls For In-School Vaccines, Testing After Elementary School Staffer Dies Of COVID-19

Classroom assistant JonL Bush died of coronavirus, prompting calls for more vaccine and testing in schools. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said those demands are "not driven by science and data."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Student And Security Guard Shot Outside South Side School, Kids Need More Help Healing From Trauma, Parents Say

The shooting happened last month outside Wendell Phillips Academy High School as classes were letting out. Now, school leaders are asking: Are temporary counselors enough?

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Had A Long List Of Disengaged Students. Did Efforts To Reel Them In Pay Off?

The district flagged about 70,000 students as at risk of disconnecting from learning — and directed schools to track them down.


Parents, Teachers Want West Side School Shut Down After Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘We Will No Longer Accept No Plan’

Several people at Jensen Elementary School tested positive for coronavirus, and more than 200 people have been exposed.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Summer School In Chicago Was Billed As A Big Deal. But Data Is Scarce On How It Went

Summer programs varied significantly across campuses, with some schools hosting 20 or more opportunities while others offered just one.


Some Chicago Schools In High-Poverty Areas Lost 1 In 7 Teachers To Layoffs

Most schools with three or more teacher layoffs were shrinking campuses. At least seven of the 22 schools are considered “underutilized” by the district.

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