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September 17, 2019
Here’s why we’re helping launch Civic Exchange, an open government effort in Chicago.
We’re linking arms with seven other media, tech, government, and social service organizations to launch a co-working hub and event series called Civic Exchange.
Asked and answered
September 6, 2019
7 questions for the Chicago commissioner in charge of a game-changing early learning expansion
"It’s not an us-versus-CPS thing. We are really partnering with them closely."
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.
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.
How I Teach
August 16, 2019
No worksheets here: This Chicago kindergarten teacher wants to bring play back to classrooms
The misconception that play cannot be rigorous and meaningful robs students of their opportunity to learn in a developmentally appropriate manner.
July 15, 2019
Chicago’s early learning chief stepping down as universal pre-K plan enters second year
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a vacancy to fill at a critical juncture of Chicago's universal pre-K rollout.
A year in review
June 21, 2019
Lessons from a Chicago school merger: Race, resilience, and an end-of-the-year resignation
Students on Chicago’s Near North Side lived through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schools into one.
May 31, 2019
‘I don’t understand how it works’: Parents voice frustration during decision week for Chicago preschool
Over the course of a 1½-hour meeting Thursday, emotions ran high as parents described frustration at the system, particularly the central application.
May 21, 2019
Lori Lightfoot makes it official: She’s keeping Janice Jackson as Chicago schools chief
Following weeks of speculation, Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she’ll retain homegrown schools chief Janice Jackson in the Chicago Public Schools top job.
May 15, 2019
Sor Juana parents fight for promised classical program after Chicago district’s about-face
Inconsistent messaging from Chicago Public Schools at the end of the year may have left some families in the lurch.
May 1, 2019
With union elections on horizon, challengers try and build momentum around ‘bread-and-butter’ issues
It’s been nearly a decade since an upstart leadership group took the reins of the Chicago Teachers Union and gained national attention for…
Turning up the heat
April 25, 2019
Teachers at five Chicago charter and contract schools poised to walk out Wednesday
Teachers at five charter and contract schools could walk out on their jobs Wednesday if a deal isn’t reached in bargaining sessions for a new contract.
April 22, 2019
Chicago will start taking universal pre-K applications on April 30
Even as universal pre-K expands the number of free seats, Chicago families still encounter a complex menu of options depending on where they live.
April 17, 2019
Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them
After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for…
February 5, 2019
Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures
The academic impact of closures on students in those schools varies substantially. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores.
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