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Chicago Public Schools Staff To Get 12 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

Mayor Brandon Johnson, a former CTU organizer and teacher, announced the new policy Thursday alongside CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and CTU President Stacy Davis Gates.

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Chicagoans Reject Illinois Lawmakers’ Revised Draft Map For Elected School Board

Lawmakers face a July 1 deadline to draw districts for the November 2024 election, when Chicago voters are set to elect 10 of 21 school board members.


West Ridge Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award: ‘She’s Helped Us To Become Who We Are’

Latavia Hinton, an eighth-grade math teacher at Daniel Boone Elementary School, was surprised with her award during class Thursday afternoon.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

South Loop School Celebrates History-Making Double Golden Apple Winners

Students swarmed teachers Helen Chan and Rick Coppola as both won the prestigious Golden Apple award at a surprise pep rally.

South Loop

Chicago Elected School Board Draft Map Underrepresents Latino Students, Say Advocates

The proposed map includes seven majority white districts, seven majority Black districts and six majority Latino districts.


CPS Moves Forward With Urban Prep Takeover As 2 Finalists Vie To Become Principal Of Blended Campus

Pavielle Driver, principal at Air Force Academy High School, and Christopher Shelton, principal at STEM Academy High School, are being considered to lead the overhauled, CPS-led campus of the lauded all-boys charter school

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Chicago Is About To Shift How It Measures School Quality As Ratings Go Away

The new draft policy for sizing up schools’ performance would expand the metrics used to evaluate campuses — and aims to place greater emphasis on social and emotional development. 


Pilsen’s Jungman Elementary School Getting A New Playground For The Next School Year

The new playground is part of the district's larger effort to replace wood chip and rubber-tiled surfaces with poured-in-place soft rubber.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Chicago Schools Are At A Crossroads. The New Mayor Will Determine The District’s Next Steps

The next mayor will transition the city school board into elected oversight and shape how more than 300,000 students are educated — after three years of pandemic disruption and decades of inequity.


Bullying, Fights And A Mental Health Crisis: Marine Leadership Academy In Turmoil After Sex Abuse Scandal, Parents Say

CPS says the Logan Square school has undergone "systemic" changes after eight people were ousted during the misconduct probe — but parents say things are not getting better.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Small Group Tutoring Is Key To Help Students Get Back On Track, Study Of Chicago Schools Shows

Extra math classes helped students jump two to three grade levels in one year, the study showed.


Chicago Schools Poised To Vote On Keeping Police On Campuses

There are 59 police officers stationed across 40 Chicago public schools. Each school will convene a safety committee before local school councils vote by June 2 on keeping officers in schools, officials said.


Chicago Public Schools Is Paying $4 Million To Help Fix Its Bus Woes

Chicago Public Schools provides transportation for over 17,000 students. Hundreds of students have commutes longer than an hour.


Chicago School Leaders Foresee Declining Revenue But Promise More Investments

District officials have repeatedly warned about leaner budgets ahead. By 2024, the district will spend down its $2.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief, which has given it a financial cushion.


Comparing Chicago’s 2023 Mayoral Candidates On 5 Key Education Issues

The next mayor will be the last to have control of the school district before it transitions to being governed by an elected school board. The runoff election is April 4.


Tempers Flare As Supporters Of Mayoral Candidates Clash Over Paul Vallas’ Education Record

Educators from other cities showed up to support Brandon Johnson and criticize the way Vallas ran their school districts. Meanwhile, the ex-school CEO's backers showed up to defend his credentials.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

Joe Freshgoods Opens Store At West Side School Where Students Get Shoes And More For Good Deeds

Students can get Blackhawks gear, Converse shoes, tablets and more by getting good grades and doing community service work at the store inside Michele Clark High School.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Mayoral Election 2023: How Johnson, Vallas Answered 10 Important Education Questions

Chalkbeat Chicago asked candidates 10 important questions about the city’s public schools in January. Explore Johnson and Vallas’ answers.


School Will Start Before Labor Day Again As Chicago Public Schools Releases 2023-24 Calendar

School will start in late August and end in early June.


Chicago Will Spend $76.3 Million To Add, Upgrade School Security Cameras In Next 3 Years

Five high schools and 58 elementary schools will be the first to receive the camera upgrades this school year. About 430 schools will get the technology — all campuses without up-to-date camera systems.

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