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Coronavirus school shutdown has been particularly tough on kids with special needs: ‘It’s not just a disruption. We’re going to see kids who actually go backward.’
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Apr 27, 6:17 AM: The shutdown of schools across Illinois — now extended for the rest of the academic year — has created particular hardships for families of students with disabilities. Some students are paired with full-time aides at school or get >
Illinois districts were urged to prepare e-learning plans for students in case of emergency
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Apr 21, 8:01 AM:

Long before the coronavirus crisis shut down Illinois schools, state education officials had encouraged districts to prepare for circumstances when they would have to teach remotely. But most of the state’s 852 school districts >

Unionized Chicago Charter Schools Push For New Remote Learning Agreements
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Apr 17, 7:02 AM: Chicago has led the nation in charter unionization, with 10 union contracts at different charter networks. Now, union organizers are pushing for agreements to cement their hard-won victories and perhaps even expand in a sector that >
Local high schools report how remote learning is progressing a month into the coronavirus shutdown
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Apr 15, 8:38 AM: Remote learning is meant to keep students in local high schools moving forward during the coronavirus shutdown, but how that is accomplished varies from school to school and from teacher to teacher.
1 in 3 Chicago Public Schools students start remote learning without computers
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Apr 14, 7:10 AM: Efforts to close that divide have been underway and progress is expected in the coming days and weeks as the third-largest public school district in the country continues its attempt to teach 355,000 students from home.
As remote learning officially begins in Chicago schools, one lesson will be the pandemic itself
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Apr 13, 7:14 AM: Not all of her 29 students will be able to watch the lessons that she, along with their math and science teachers, have prepared. She knows of nine who need computers and are supposed to get them during the week. For those students, >
'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.

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