Education news. In context.
Diversity & Equity
Politics & Policy
Teaching & Classroom
Student & School Performance
Leadership & Management
Charters & Choice
Find a Job
How to be a Chalkbeat source
Republish Our Stories
Code of Ethics
Our News Partners
Work with Us
Chicago Public Schools
2 days ago
Chicago teachers union leadership retains power, despite vocal challenger
Incumbents will retain control of the Chicago Teachers Union, despite a challenge from a group seeking to redirect attention back to “bread-and-butter issues."
3 days ago
In her first term as mayor, Lightfoot’s schools agenda to include overhaul of budgets, campus policing
Lightfoot will likely overhaul the way the district gives money to schools, and wants to take a harder look at policing in schools.
Voices from the field
May 15, 2019
What should new teachers of color know when taking the job? Veterans offer some advice.
What advice would teachers of color give to new recruits before they take the job? Chalkbeat asked three teachers to weigh in.
May 2, 2019
Third Chicago charter strike puts spotlight on alternative schools that serve at-risk youth
Chicago’s third charter strike casts a spotlight on alternative charter schools, which serve some of the city’s most at-risk youth.
May 2, 2019
Chicago is throwing its smallest high schools a lifeline. But is it enough?
Hirsch Metropolitan High School wanted to rebrand itself as the arts high school for a swath of South Side Chicago…
April 29, 2019
Early kindergarten, grade skipping: Chicago considers new options for gifted children
Under the proposal, Chicago would allow early admittance to kindergarten for children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31.
April 25, 2019
Amid uncertain political future, Chicago charter schools press school board for new facilities and funding
An array of Chicago charter school leaders appeared before the board of education Wednesday to press the school district about their needs, from new facilities to millions in withheld funds.
April 22, 2019
With new mayor on horizon, Chinatown parents resume push for Near South Side high school
Chinatown’s longstanding call for a new high school is one of many community education issues Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot has to wrestle with.
Time to decide
April 11, 2019
Decision day: What happens when students don’t get their first-choice Chicago high school
Friday is the deadline for eighth graders to accept offers from Chicago high schools in an emotional, competitive process that begets both elation and despair.
Updated April 10, 2019
Internet failure interrupts ‘Zombie PARCC’ at some Chicago schools
An Internet outage Tuesday across Chicago Public Schools forced several campuses to suspend administration of a state standardized test nicknamed the “Zombie PARCC.”
April 8, 2019
Three things you need to know about Chicago’s new student portal, coming after spring break
When students and teachers come back from spring break this month, they will see one big change, but it won’t be visible in…
March 29, 2019
With Toni Preckwinkle trailing in polls, Chicago Teachers Union looks to critical battles ahead
The union is also focusing its energy on battlefronts beyond City Hall — fights that could be critical for its survival and success.
March 29, 2019
As a sociologist and a father, I have one conclusion: Chicago’s high school admissions process is unfair
For students, the process induces sleepless nights and constant comparisons to classmates. It also offers a front-row seat to deep inequality across the city’s schools.
March 29, 2019
On an anxiety-filled day, slightly more Chicago students will get their top choice of high schools
When decisions about high school acceptances post Friday on GoCPS, 16.2 percent of Chicago eighth-graders will get their top pick of the city’s…
Find your school
March 28, 2019
These Chicago neighborhoods will see the biggest preschool investments next year
Public schools in Austin, Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and South Lawndale will see the biggest preschool investment next fall, according to a new report.
In your inbox.
Chalkbeat New York
How I Teach
Rise & Shine Colorado
Rise & Shine Detroit
Rise & Shine Indiana
Rise & Shine Tennessee
The Starting Line