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under the microscope
15 hours ago
Hundreds of volunteers and vendors still under review in Chicago schools’ background checks, most teachers cleared
Late Friday afternoon, Chicago schools released the climbing tally of employees who have cleared background checks — although hundreds of coaches, custodians, and…
By the numbers
1 day ago
5 tough questions a new report puts front-and-center for Chicago’s next mayor
Faced with an alarming report that lays bare shrinking enrollment and racial inequity, Chicago Public Schools must wrestle with some tough decisions.
future of work
2 days ago
How Chicago schools are using cool classes like aviation and game design to repopulate neighborhood schools
Schools see career-education classes as a means of attracting students who had fled local schools and also of teaching fundamental skills and concepts.
Updated September 17, 2018
How Chicago schools’ fingerprinting requirements are scaring away undocumented parents
After sex-abuse revelations, Chicago schools are fingerprinting more volunteers. But that's scaring away undocumented parents from campuses, critics say.
Applying to school
September 17, 2018
A guide for families trying to navigate Chicago schools’ enrollment system
CPS application and testing deadlines are approaching for the 2019-20 school year. Here are the dates and info about enrolling that you need to know.
September 14, 2018
Chicago schools to expand IB programs in local schools in wake of critical report
Chicago Public Schools released a report showing vast disparities in enrollment and academic opportunity in neighborhood schools, and released a plan for more IB schools.
September 11, 2018
$40 million worth of school improvements follow in wake of Obama Center project
Hyde Park Academy sits in a South Side neighborhood set to become the site for the Obama Presidential Library and a Tiger Woods-designed golf course.
Asked and answered
September 11, 2018
Teachers’ union chief Jesse Sharkey on school closings, contract battles, and life after Rahm
What the CTU president says about Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson, being called out by investigator Maggie Hickey, and union challenges post-Janus.
Peek into schools
September 10, 2018
Following lead of their tweeting CEO, Chicago schools take to social media
For teachers and administrators who embrace social media, it's a crucial means of communicating with students and giving families a peek into hallways and classrooms.
Where the jobs are
Chicago invests $12 million into expanding pathway to construction trades
A $12 million investment in Charles A. Prosser Career Academy will expand vocational training to include construction trades such as carpentry, electricity and HVAC.
September 4, 2018
What Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to not seek re-election means for schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for…
September 3, 2018
Chicago graduation rates climb again, but district has ‘work to do’ to narrow racial gaps
The nation’s third largest district said 78.2 percent of students earned a high school diploma within five years, up from 77.5 percent in 2017.
August 30, 2018
Banned from texting students, educators are urged to be ‘warm and demanding’ to make connections
Chicago educators learn about personalizing learning, and surmounting new barriers in reaching out to kids — particularly black boys.
Updated August 29, 2018
Chicago students show slight gains in math on national exam, while reading plateaus
Chicago students showed small gains in math but saw scores flatline in reading, according to new test scores released Wednesday.
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
outside the box
August 14, 2018
How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys
Test scores were rising at Fuller Elementary School when Marilyn McCottrell took over in 2016. Yet troubling trends loomed behind the numbers.
August 13, 2018
Three out of four Illinois kids aren’t ready for kindergarten. Why that’s a problem.
Only 16 percent of low-income students demonstrated kindergarten readiness in Illinois. The three core benchmarks are social emotional learning, literacy, and math.
August 8, 2018
New high school plan still has some South Side residents feeling neglected
New proposed boundaries for Near South High School has garnered praise from some community members. But not everybody looks at the map and…
August 6, 2018
Neighbors at odds heading into Near South High School hearing
On Tuesday, Near South Side residents divided over the opening of a high school on the site of a popular elementary school have…
August 3, 2018
How teachers feel, police reform in schools, nature playgrounds
We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and intern Elaine Chen, and we’re rounding up Chicago public education news for the week. Please send…
August 3, 2018
Police reform could have a big impact on Chicago schools
Alex King remembers feeling unsettled whenever he saw uniformed police officers patrolling North Lawndale College Prep, guns on their hips.
August 1, 2018
Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that.
There’s no debating that childhood trauma seriously impacts how students learn. Researchers have tied stressful events such as divorces, deportations, neglect,…
July 27, 2018
School budget protests, advice for new equity office, and cursive’s comeback
We’re Cassie Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and intern Elaine Chen. We round up Chicago public education news here every week. Please send any tips,…
July 16, 2018
Mentors matter: Good teaching really can be passed down to student teachers, new research finds
Do student teachers learn more when they’re mentored by an effective teacher? The answer may seem obvious, but there’s been little research confirming as much—until now.
June 26, 2018
Digging deeper into CPS’ background check policy
In the wake of shocking revelations of widespread sexual abuse of students, Chicago Public Schools is clinging tightly to plans to run new…
June 18, 2018
Last holdout charter signs on to CPS’ stringent new background check policy
After delaying several days, the LEARN Charter School Network agreed on Monday to abide by Chicago Public Schools’ new policy ordering…
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