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March 13, 2019
What to do with vacant Chicago schools? Lightfoot suggests mini-police academies for some
The mayoral candidate suggested that some of the vacant campuses shuttered during 2013’s contentious mass closings could be reborn as police training facilities.
March 8, 2019
Between barbs, Chicago mayoral hopefuls Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot talk schools in first televised runoff debate
Each candidate pledged to steer more resources and attention to the city’s neighborhood schools and declined to give specifics on union negotiations.
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.
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…
March 1, 2019
Survey: What would you ask Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle about Chicago schools?
So far, each candidate has voiced similar responses to prevailing questions about schools. We plan to dig deeper, and we're inviting you to weigh in with this survey.
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…
Updated February 26, 2019
Chicago enters historic mayoral runoff between Lori Lightfoot and teachers union candidate Toni Preckwinkle
Chicago’s crowded mayor’s race is headed toward a runoff. Early returns show that former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot will face Cook County Board President…
February 13, 2019
In Chicago’s crowded mayor race, Toni Preckwinkle defends record on approving charter schools
In the first six seconds of Toni Preckwinkle’s latest campaign commercial, scenes flash of the mayoral hopeful as an alderman in City…
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.
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.
January 4, 2019
Teachers union stands by Preckwinkle mayoral endorsement despite ties to Ald. Burke controversy
This despite allegations that Ald. Ed Burke tried to extort a $10,000 campaign contribution from fast-food executives on her behalf.
November 20, 2018
Chicago mayoral hopefuls vow to invest in schools, but skirt enrollment crisis
While the union-backed forum focused on the exodus of black families from Chicago, education found its way into the conversation.
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