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‘I Have To Start All Over Again’: Chicago Parents Worry About What’s Next If Preschools Close

Chicago parents are scrambling to find alternative child care as Head Start programs face steep budget cuts.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Chicago Public Schools Will Require Masks When Classes Resume — But 3 Feet Of Distancing Not Guaranteed

The state school board has said masks can be optional for vaccinated students and teachers. But local district can set stricter rules.

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This Week Brought A Flurry Of Decisions Around School Police In Chicago. What To Know

Last summer, schools that voted to cut officers from their campuses lost district dollars. Now, they get to keep those funds.

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School Safety Without Police: Social Workers, Private Security Considered As Councils Vote To Remove Officers From Campus

At least 22 local school councils have voted this summer to eliminate one or more officers at high schools, while at least 16 voted to keep them.

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Former Uptown Principal Charged With Stealing $200K From CPS In Bogus Overtime Payments, Feds Allege

Sarah Jackson Abedelal approved false overtime payments at Brennemann Elementary School and then ordered school employees to give her the cash, according to a federal indictment.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

CDC Has New Guidance For How Kids Should Return To Schools This Fall

Chicago Public Schools will see students return Aug. 30. The CDC is saying everyone who's unvaccinated should wear masks in schools.

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One Counselor, 665 Students: Counselors Stretched At Chicago’s Majority Latino Schools

The district plans to spend $5 million on 64 additional counselors by 2023.

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Hyde Park Academy Votes To Keep Police Officers On Campus

Seven of 11 council members voted to keep two officers on campus, while two voted to keep one officer and two voted to remove both officers.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Taft High School Again Votes To Keep Police On Campus, But Will Hire Social Worker, Security Guard

The Wednesday 8-3 vote marks the second time Taft's school council voted to keep its officers. A majority of teachers want them removed to free up money, a survey found.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park

Can A Compromise Be Reached On Chicago’s Elected School Board? Senate President ‘Confident’

Legislators are weighing a bill that would create a 21-person elected school board in Chicago by 2023, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot backs a bill to create a 7-member board with a majority of it appointed.

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It’s Official: Chicago Schools Will Fully Reopen Next Fall, With Mandatory Attendance For Most

The majority of students will start the school year in their classrooms for the first time since early 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic hit Chicago.

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The Struggle To Close Reading Gaps In A Pandemic Year Is Real. Just Ask Chicago Parents

The already difficult process of learning to read was made even more complicated this year by disparities in remote learning experiences coupled with wide-ranging inconsistency in how Chicago schools teach reading.

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Free COVID Vaccinations Being Offered At 15 CPS Schools For Kids, Parents. Here’s How To Get One

The health department will bring converted CTA buses to the schools, allowing students and their parents to come by to get their shots.

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CPS Chief Janice Jackson And Other Top Leaders Leaving School District

Under Chicago’s system, it will now be up to Mayor Lori Lightfoot to appoint a new schools chief to take Jackson’s place.

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1 in 5 Chicago High School Students Absent In First Week Of Reopening

About 19 percent of students were absent, 70 percent of students learned remotely, and 11 percent of the district’s 72,600 high school students were present in school buildings the week of April 19.

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Chicago Will Increase School Budgets By $225 Million As It Pushes Full-Time Fall Schedule

The district said schools will receive $85 million to address recovery from the pandemic. Principals will have leeway to use most of the money to support students’ academic needs, with some dollars earmarked for out-of-school enrichment opportunities and some going to charter schools.

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CPS High School Teachers Work Remotely As Reopening Negotiations Continue Between CTU, City

CPS high schools are supposed to reopen Monday — but negotiations between the district and teachers union are ongoing.

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As 21-Person Elected School Board Bill Gains Momentum, Calls Grow In Chicago For Another Option

A key state House committee passed the bill this week, but opponents want to reduce the size of the board or seek a hybrid model with some members appointed and others elected.

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Chicago Schools’ No. 2 To Lead Virginia’s Second Largest School District

LaTanya McDade, the second-in-command at Chicago Public Schools, will be the next chief of Prince William County Public Schools in Virginia.

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Chicago Asks Its High Schools To Come Up With Alternatives To Campus Police

The district has asked each high school to form a campus safety committee to make recommendations.

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