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With School Less Than Two Weeks Away, Chicago Has Not Picked A District Leader

José Torres was appointed as acting schools chief in June after Janice Jackson stepped down.


All CPS Teachers And Staff Must Be Vaccinated By Oct. 15 Or Stay Home, Chicago Public Schools Announces

Workers will have to submit proof of full vaccination by Oct. 15, unless they have an approved religious or medical exemption, CPS said


Limited Access And Low Enrollment: Chicago Parents Criticize ‘Confusing And Chaotic’ Virtual Academy Process

CPS will offer a limited Virtual Academy for students with specific medical needs this fall, but so far plans are fuzzy, signups are tepid and parents have been left pressing each other for details.


Kelvyn Park High School Throws Out Hundreds Of Classic Books, Outraging Neighbors

CPS officials said Kelvyn Park High School is undergoing renovations, and the books were “weeded” out in the process.

Belmont Cragin, Hermosa

Internet Speeds At 80 Chicago Public Schools Will Be Up To 40 Times Faster By 2022

The project eventually could lead to improved internet service for nearby residents.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Illinois Schools Must Require Masks For Everyone Under New Mandate, Pritzker Says

Chicago Public Schools had already planned to require masking of everyone, vaccinated or otherwise.


CPS OKs New Playground For Irving Park School — But Parents Continue Fight For More Improvements

The district earmarked $16.4 for new playgrounds across the city, but it's not clear how much will go to Scammon.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Free School Supplies, Food And COVID Vaccinations Available At CPS Back-To-School Bashes

Here's the full lineup of back-to-school bashes as CPS prepares for a return to in-person learning on Aug. 30.


Chicago Is Getting An Elected School Board As Pritzker Signs Bill Lightfoot Had Fought

Chicago Public Schools will first go through a transition phase where it will be overseen by a mixed board, with all the members to be elected by 2027.


In Chicago, Poor Turnout At Student Vaccination Sites Perplexes School Officials

The campaign to get students and families vaccinated comes only one month before students return to classrooms.


Citing Student Trauma From Violence And Pandemic, Chicago Educators Call For School Budget Redo

Educators argued the district should spend more on student support personnel, such as counselors.


‘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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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
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