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'It’s Exhausting’: Illinois Special Needs Parents Struggle With Remote Learning Days
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Apr 7, 7:56 AM:

On the last day of March, Illinois schools shifted all instruction to e-learning or remote learning days. A directive from the Illinois State Board of Education says the goal is to get educational opportunities to students by any >

South Side teacher creates #LearningNeverStops to engage students academically during pandemic
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Apr 7, 7:46 AM: Many students across the Chicagoland area are now doing their school work from their homes. One Noble Charter educator is making sure students and teachers stay engaged with a social media campaign called #LearningNeverStops.
Getting an offer to a selective enrollment high school in Chicago is a big deal. But CPS blames a ‘clerical error’ for some students getting passed up.
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Apr 3, 6:16 AM: Nearly 200 students who took the selective enrollment exam at King College Prep in January have since learned that they may have been affected by an error that prevented them from receiving offers from the 11 selective enrollment >
CPS to distribute 100K laptops, iPads and Chromebooks for students to use at home
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Mar 31, 6:11 AM: Chicago Public Schools officials announced its new remote learning plan Monday in order to meet new state requirements.
CPS teacher loses bid to recover ‘fair share’ dues
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Mar 30, 7:28 AM: A teacher trying to recover “fair share” fees he paid to a union before they were declared unconstitutional does not have a claim for conversion, a federal judge held Thursday.
What parents think about e-learning while schools are closed
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Mar 27, 7:55 AM: The coronavirus pandemic has changed how teachers interact with their students drastically, forcing schools and families to turn to online learning to keep up with lesson plans.
Students feeling left behind as schools try to educate kids online — with little guidance
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Mar 27, 7:41 AM:

Without specific guidance from the state or the same resources across districts and even schools within the same city, the adjustment has been anything but uniform.

How will Chicago-area schools make e-learning work when some kids don’t have internet? Officials vow to do ‘whatever we can to bridge the digital divide.’
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Mar 26, 7:24 AM: Elizabeth Maldonado has four school-aged children and one laptop for them to use. The computer belongs to her oldest son, a high school sophomore in Little Village. But with Chicago Public Schools closed for more than a week already >
U. of I. makes academic changes to give students more flexibility, lower stress during semester upended by coronavirus
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Mar 26, 6:02 AM: The university acknowledged in a letter to students this week that the move to remote learning, as well as Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s statewide order to shelter-in-place, was placing “considerable stress on faculty, students and staff.” >
Teaching the trades: Area high school districts partner with industries to give students a head start on job training
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Mar 25, 6:31 AM: Such partnerships between local high schools and employers seek to not only put students on career paths to good jobs but replenish a shrinking skilled workforce.
Coronavirus is pushing thousands of Illinois kids into e-learning
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Mar 23, 6:57 AM: In the midst of the coronavirus-prompted statewide school shutdown that has brought distance learning to the forefront, Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school has lost its appeal to stay open.
With Chicago Public Schools now staying closed until April 21, there’s a ‘very real possibility’ that statewide closure could be extended too
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Mar 20, 7:50 AM: Just three days into a school shutdown prompted by the coronavirus, Chicago Public Schools announced it will stay closed at least an additional three weeks — and Illinois education officials have indicated that the rest of the >
First the teachers strike, now the coronavirus: CPS shuts down for 2nd time this school year as fall walkout now looks like ‘dry run’ for new disruption
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Mar 17, 7:12 AM: Each Illinois school district is expected to handle the closure differently, with some ceasing educational instruction until the order is lifted and others providing lessons online. Prior to Pritzker’s announcement, more than 75 >
Some CPS schools still waiting for cleaning supplies after district promised additional resources
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Mar 13, 7:45 AM: Trying to calm fears of coronavirus in the city’s more than 600 school buildings, Chicago Public Schools officials last week promised quick delivery of extra hand sanitizer, soap and cleaning supplies.
Hearing To Save Chicago Virtual Charter School Called Off At Last Minute
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Feb 21, 7:11 AM: The supporters of the Chicago Virtual Charter School – which is set to close – were planning to be at a critical hearing to save the school. But the State of Illinois pulled the plug on the hearing at the last >
Public education rally calls for increased public school funding and teacher pay, less funding for charter schools
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Feb 18, 7:33 AM: About 80 teachers, students and education advocates from across the state attended the event, a significant decrease from the 15,000 teachers and other supporters who came out for the Red for Ed Action Day at the Capitol building in >
Teacher Union-Backed Poll: Teachers Underpaid
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Feb 14, 8:47 AM: A teachers union-sponsored poll of Illinois residents found that most think public school teachers should be paid more, receive their pensions earlier, and have the state provide more funding for public education.
Fight is on to save Chicago Virtual Charter School, Illinois’ first and only remote learning public school: ‘It’s not perfect, but it is the only one we’ve got’
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Feb 4, 7:08 AM: Cheridan and Auguste attend Chicago Virtual Charter School, believed to be Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade. Its pupils attend classes once a week at the brick-and-mortar >
As Chicago-area Catholic schools close, parents hope new funding scheme signals church’s commitment to education
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Feb 3, 7:18 AM: It has become a recurring theme with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s school system: mounting concern over declining enrollment and rising costs; parish leaders devising a strategy to address the problems; parents mobilizing to >
Editorial: Chicago Forward — The crucial, but limited, role of schools in keeping our youth on track
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Jan 31, 7:34 AM: Our most vulnerable youth don’t have decades to wait for Springfield to debate incremental changes to public policy. They don’t have precious school time to give up while union leaders play to national cameras and taxpayers flee. >

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