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March 26, 2019
One week before Chicago mayoral election, schools chief outlines five-year vision
Chicago school leaders unveiled their five-year vision for the district on Tuesday with a focus on continuing academic gains and financial stability,…
Updated March 19, 2019
These 32 Chicago schools to split $32 million for new STEM, arts, and International Baccalaureate programs
In an effort to make its neighborhood more attractive, Chicago will spend $32 million on expanding sought-after programs such as International Baccalaureate and STEM.
March 7, 2019
Educators want to hear more from mayoral candidates on elected school board, under-enrollment
Chalkbeat Chicago readers — 60 percent of whom identified as educators or as working in a school-related field — answered a poll that solicited reader questions.
Seen and heard
March 6, 2019
After visiting a Chicago high school, Bill Gates says it’s a model for his current education vision
The Microsoft founder called attention to North-Grand High School's use of the “Freshmen On-Track” metric, which has became a citywide measure of school success.
March 5, 2019
Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot still undecided about schools chief Janice Jackson
A few days after mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle said she would retain Chicago’s schools chief if elected, opponent Lori Lightfoot said she prefers…
February 27, 2019
Janice Jackson supporters stump for Chicago schools chief as changes loom at City Hall
One day after a historic election propelled two black women into a runoff for Chicago mayor, the civic…
Debating the issues
February 2, 2019
Are Chicago schools too focused on a ‘college or bust’ culture? Some mayoral hopefuls think so.
Several mayoral candidates said that, if elected, they’d invest more in neighborhood schools and vocational programs and re-evaluate the selective enrollment model.
January 28, 2019
Chicago schools will be open Tuesday, closed Wednesday
The district said it will also likely add another instructional day to the end of the year to make up for missed instructional time.
Updated January 28, 2019
Who’s best for Chicago schools? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the 2019 mayor’s race
Chicago’s next mayor faces many critical decisions regarding Chicago Public Schools, from charter expansion to schools chief Janice Jackson’s job status.
Who's In Charge
December 21, 2018
Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson on her first year: ‘I don’t make decisions based on fear’
One chilly December evening, Janice Jackson strode purposefully into her corner office at Chicago Public Schools’ downtown headquarters, sat down at a…
December 21, 2018
Here’s what happened in Chicago public education this year
A secret report, a strike, and signs of improvement: Here are the big storylines we covered in 2018.
December 6, 2018
Controversial school inventory report starts to surface in Chicago decision making
The denial might have been the first board decision about a school’s fate explicitly tied to a report that assesses access to quality schools in the city.
December 5, 2018
Parents line up to push back against Chicago’s cold shoulder to charters
Propelled by their fear that the city is turning a cold shoulder to charters, several parents weaved through sign-toting Acero teachers to speak to the school board.
education power players
November 27, 2018
Signaling a city-state thaw, Pritzker names Chicago schools chief to transition team
Pritzker’s appointment of Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to his education team sets a more collegial tone in the relationship between Chicago and Springfield.
Annual Regional Analysis
November 9, 2018
Where Chicago students travel the farthest to school, questions about why residents dodge neighborhood campuses
Local elementary school students commute an average of 2.6 miles, the farthest of any region in the city.
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