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city hall watch
February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
December 17, 2018
Want to improve schools? Chicago students have messages for the city’s next mayor
Chalkbeat Chicago asked students to tell us ways that City Hall could work to improve conditions on the ground at the district’s 600-plus schools. Here's what they said.
elected school board
December 12, 2018
In Chicago, not everyone agrees with the grassroots call for an elected school board
Despite a growing call for an elected school board, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to Chicago’s troubled public school system. Panelists…
Asked and answered
October 9, 2018
Why Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief believe an elite curriculum can resuscitate neighborhood schools
Chicago is doubling down on a big bet that the International Baccalaureate program can be boon to its struggling neighborhood schools. We…
September 24, 2018
Chicago is sending more high schoolers to college — but how to get them to graduate?
Senior Tanariya Thompson, 17, said she and her friends at Michele Clark Magnet High School are constantly asking each other about where they…
By the numbers
September 21, 2018
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.
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.
Back to school
Updated September 5, 2018
Emanuel touts pre-kindergarten, but will his envisioned $175 million initiative survive him?
Emanuel’s $20 million plan this year offers 3,700 free pre-K seats to low-income families and will boost the number steadily until every 4-year-old has access to pre-K.
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 24, 2018
Here’s a closer look at Kids First Chicago, the group behind a report sparking debate
In January 2017, Daniel Anello, the CEO of a school choice group backed by the business community, flew to Denver with Janice Jackson, who was…
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…
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.
Keeping students safe
June 29, 2018
Questions about sexual abuse cases squeeze top of CPS org chart
Teachers and coaches have been barred from buildings pending investigations into accusations that they sexually abused students. Principals at schools where students were…
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