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negotiating in public
September 5, 2019
As union sets strike vote date, Lightfoot strikes confident tone
“We put a very generous offer on the table,” Lightfoot said. “Let’s get a deal done.”
first day of school
September 3, 2019
From Englewood to Old Town, Chicago mayor’s first-day tour of schools spotlights her priorities
Together, Lightfoot's three first-day-of-school stops highlighted her education priorities.
September 3, 2019
School starts, but hundreds of Chicago classrooms still need teachers
Chicago Public Schools said the number of vacancies was down compared to the previous two years, with some 700 unfilled teaching positions — a 3.3% vacancy rate.
Back to school
September 3, 2019
On wishlists for the new school year in Chicago: Better grades, better lunches, safe schools
Chalkbeat spoke to parents, students, and educators across a range of neighborhoods about their back-to-school hopes. Common themes emerged.
New school on the block
September 1, 2019
With opening of new $85 million Englewood high school, hope amid decades of disappointment
The new high school heralds a shifting approach as Chicago Public Schools student population has plummeted.
a helping hand
August 30, 2019
Could a summer pilot for at-risk teens curb violence even after students return to school?
She was one of 430 young people who last week completed Summer for Change, the inaugural run of an intensive, six-week pilot program.
August 29, 2019
Five things to know about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s teachers contract offer
Here are five things to know about Lightfoot’s offer and the future of the contract talks.
Police in schools
August 28, 2019
Chicago approves $33 million for school police despite student criticism
The Chicago school board passed a measure Wednesday governing how police operate in schools.
August 27, 2019
$33 million proposal from the Chicago district puts new school police rules in place
For the first time, a $33 million agreement between the Chicago district and the city Police Department will detail the scope of officers’ work in schools.
Updated August 26, 2019
Chicago teachers union rejects neutral fact-finder’s report, setting countdown to strike
The action starts a countdown toward a Sept. 26 strike, the earliest possible date teachers could legally walk out.
Waiting for Pritzker
Updated August 23, 2019
Illinois abolishes charter schools commission, eliminating state appeals body for charters
Illinois is on the verge of abolishing its charter commission, the body reviled by school districts but valued by charter promoters for offering a recourse to local disap
Community & Wraparound Programs
August 19, 2019
Scores of Illinois schools taught abstinence last year. They could continue despite questions about the message.
More than 150 schools in Illinois, including 22 in Chicago, used a sex education curriculum last year that taught abstinence only.
Budget & finance
August 13, 2019
More administrators, more money for small schools: Here are 8 items getting more funding in Chicago schools budget
A look at eight growing investments give a glimpse of the district’s priorities and challenges in the coming year.
August 9, 2019
Is your school getting part of an $820M update?
We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, Yana Kunichoff and intern Catherine Henderson, and we’re rounding up Chicago public education news for the week.
August 8, 2019
Illinois says goodbye to the basic skills test, long a barrier for teacher candidates of color
Amid an ongoing teacher shortage, Illinois will scrap a basic skills test that it has long required aspiring teachers to pass.
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