- CPS CEO rips aldermen, says reopening concerns ‘purely political’
- > Jan 6, 7:21 AM: Chicago Public Schools chief Janice Jackson took aim Tuesday at 36 aldermen who have criticized the city’s school reopening plan, calling a public letter they sent to her and the mayor over the weekend “purely political” and
- Op-ed: Open Chicago schools. City Hall and CPS, do not back down.
- > Jan 6, 6:20 AM: Finally, for the future of the city and for the sake of those families who lack the economic means, it’s time to break the union-dominated, monopolistic public education system by providing all parents with real educational choice.
- Chicago’s School Dispute Intensifies
- Jan 5, 8:52 AM: Some Chicago teachers are due back in school buildings today as the city begins its bitterly contested return to in-person teaching. But not every teacher is showing up.
- Chicago teachers defy district, refuse to teach inside schools amid safety concerns
- > Jan 5, 6:40 AM: The fight over when and how to reopen Chicago Public Schools for the first time during the still-raging pandemic came to a head Monday with many teachers refusing to report to their schools on a day that officials had hoped would be
- Chicago teacher’s union member criticized for Caribbean vacation while arguing in-person learning is unsafe
- Jan 4, 8:03 AM: A Chicago Teachers Union leader is facing criticism for vacationing in the Caribbean while at the same time claiming it’s unsafe for teachers to return to the classroom.
- Defying CPS, some Chicago Teachers Union members won’t return to schools Monday, say they will teach remotely ‘until buildings are safe’
- Jan 4, 6:10 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union says some of its members are choosing not to return to school buildings on Monday, in defiance of Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans.
- Plan to reopen CPS schools ‘doesn’t have anything to do with vaccination,’ Chicago health commissioner says, though teachers slated for shots in coming months
- Dec 31, 8:12 AM: In response, Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates questioned in a tweet why CPS isn’t waiting to resume in-person classes until after spring break if vaccines might be available by March.
- Chicago Teachers, Families Worried As Schools Near Reopening: ‘CPS Is Not Prepared To Bring Kids Back Safely’
Teachers say the district has failed to provide answers on COVID-19 testing, mask enforcement and other vital things that should be discussed before heading back to the classroom.
Dec 31, 6:59 AM:
- Commentary: As medical doctors, we believe reopening Chicago’s schools is essential and safe
- > Dec 30, 7:35 AM: It is widely agreed upon by the medical community that in-person classroom learning is both optimal and safe using the layered mitigation strategies described above. The healthcare professionals authoring this op-ed strongly
- Joy In Remote Learning?
- Dec 29, 8:56 AM: Yes! In this year of drudgery and challenge for parents and students, there have been moments of levity and connection.
- CPS expects $720M windfall if Trump signs COVID-19 relief bill
- Dec 23, 8:15 AM: The amount is more than double what district officials had anticipated and would help pay for technology for remote learning, air purifiers and cleaning supplies for soon-to-be-open classrooms and new staff.
- Some southwest IL school districts are losing students during the COVID pandemic
- Dec 21, 8:02 AM: Some public school districts in the metro-east lost students this fall, and the coronavirus pandemic is likely to blame.
- Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plan a step closer to reality after teachers union injunction is denied
- > Dec 18, 8:02 AM: The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board on Thursday declined to pursue an injunction sought by the Chicago Teachers Union, clearing a hurdle for Chicago Public Schools to move forward with its plans to reopen schools in the
- Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson gets $40,000 raise
- Dec 17, 9:10 AM: School board President Miguel del Valle said he and other members “unanimously and vigorously decided to make an adjustment” to Jackson’s salary.
- More than 6 in 10 CPS kids — including most students of color — won’t be in schools when in-person learning resumes
- > Dec 17, 7:28 AM: The long-awaited news of how many students may return to CPS classrooms came as the Chicago Teachers Union said “all options are on the table” if an agreement can’t be reached with the district over a safe
- CPS prepares for return to in-person learning amid ongoing objections from teacher’s union
- Dec 16, 8:29 AM: Chicago Public Schools is gearing up for in-person learning even as vocal protests from the Chicago Teachers Union continue.
- CPS hiring 2,000 new workers — no Chicago residency required — to help reopen schools
- > Dec 15, 9:07 AM: Chicago Public Schools is looking to hire 2,000 new employees to take on pandemic-related duties and fill in gaps in staffing once schools return in-person in January, a plan that’s drawing a rebuke from the teachers union and that
- Op-ed: CPS’ charter schools offer a lesson in flexibility during the pandemic
- > Dec 15, 7:41 AM: Take North Lawndale College Prep, for instance. Located in one of Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods, NLCP uses a community-based educational model that prioritizes close communication with families and a keen awareness of its
- Waukegan plan board recommends against charter school expansion into family fun center building
- > Dec 15, 6:52 AM: Of the 36 emails received by the city, 30 were in favor and six against. Out of the people who spoke, five wanted to see the school go ahead while six did not. Some who opposed the proposal did not want People’s Choice shuttered,
- Among the Chicago Teachers Union’s demands: no to ‘simultaneous instruction’
- Dec 14, 8:48 AM: With less than a month before some Chicago teachers could return to school buildings, the teachers union has said it rejects the district’s plan for “simultaneous instruction.