- Amendment 1 will cement teacher strikes in Illinois Constitution
- Oct 22, 5:09 AM: Voters will decide in November 2022 whether teachers’ unions will have a permanent right to walk out on students.
- Making Illinois' tax credit scholarships permanent will let more students excel
- Oct 19, 8:03 AM: Illinois state lawmakers can give low-income students the security of an education that best fits their needs by making the Tax Credit Scholarship a permanent fixture.
- An unexpected blessing for the Archdiocese of Chicago: More students
- Oct 11, 8:37 AM: Amid a slew of financial setbacks, including a bond downgrade to junk status, parochial schools are bringing in more students and tuition dollars.
- Beyond COVID-19, there’s another crisis emerging in Chicago-area schools: A critical shortage of workers
A critical shortage of essential school employees in Illinois and across the U.S. this fall — including a scarcity of substitute teachers, school nurses, bus drivers and food service workers — has hit a tipping point >
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- Chicago had a long list of disengaged students. Did efforts to reel them in pay off?
- > Oct 7, 8:20 AM: The school’s campaign was part of a broader push by Chicago Public Schools to re-engage tens of thousands of students who either tuned out remote learning last year or logged on only intermittently. The district flagged
- Emerald South, Comcast initiative to bring Wi-Fi across the South Side
- > Oct 5, 9:41 AM: The South Side Connectivity Collaborative will place 11 Comcast “Lift Zones” around the South Side to provide “high capacity” internet access in four neighborhoods within the next two months.
- New CPS CEO says he’ll explore remote learning options but makes no promises
- > Oct 1, 9:14 AM: In his first comments as the leader of Chicago Public Schools, new CEO Pedro Martinez committed Thursday to exploring the possibility of expanding remote learning options for parents who don’t yet feel comfortable sending
- National teachers union president joins CTU to lay out COVID safety demands
- Sep 30, 8:02 AM: The crowd continued to demand more testing, vaccines and more staffing for all CPS schools. They say along with more COVID protocols, the extra staff members will help keep children safer.
- CPS Enrollment Nosedives Again
- Sep 27, 9:19 AM: Chicago Public Schools enrollment is down by at least 10,000 students this fall. It has dropped by more than 24,000 since the pandemic began.
- Nearly 40 cents of every education dollar in Illinois goes to pensions
- Sep 23, 8:46 AM: Rapidly rising pension costs compete with classroom spending, reducing resources for teachers and students while driving up property taxes.
- Parents in the Chicago area want distance learning options at school.
- > Sep 21, 8:44 AM: Some parents in Chicago and the suburbs are looking for distance learning options as some children return home to quarantine. A group of Chicago Public Schools students will protest outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home on
- District 186 parents pushing for a remote learning option
- Sep 20, 9:09 AM: Even as school districts require masks and testing for in-person learning, some parents just don't feel comfortable sending their kids to school every day.
- New CEO for CPS: 6 things to know about Pedro Martinez
- > Sep 17, 8:25 AM: During Martinez’s tenure in San Antonio, charters were granted to nonprofits to take over underperforming schools. The partnerships took place because of a new Texas law that offered incentives to school districts of
- Former CPS Teacher Opens Chicago’s First Mobile School
- > Sep 16, 9:37 AM: After seeing the success of the concept, Cowley quit her 17-year teaching job last year to open Urban Explorers of Chicago, a STEAM mobile microschool that serves students from preschool to fifth grade, with a mission of
- CPS charter school shuts down for 2 weeks because of COVID-19 cases
- > Sep 15, 9:31 AM: Acero Schools, one of Chicago Public Schools’ largest charter operators, closed its Zizumbo campus in the Archer Heights community Tuesday to meet the terms of its reopening agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union.
- Chicago Parents Say CPS’ Contact Tracing Is Lagging Way Behind
- Sep 15, 9:25 AM: “I just don’t feel like it’s a safe environment,” said one Chicago parent whose son was exposed to a COVID case in the first week of school.
- Some parents call CPS reopening ‘chaotic,’ demand a remote learning option for everyone
- > Sep 14, 10:23 AM: Flanagan — who is the mother of two Chicago Public Schools students — was one of more than two dozen protesters calling attention to the district’s “chaotic” fall reopening. Those in attendance Monday demanded more
- How a Chicago charter school is trying to make sure the kindergarteners are OK
- > Sep 14, 10:10 AM: It was little more than a week into kindergarten at LEARN Charter Schools’ Hunter Perkins campus in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, and Principal Latrice Franklin could already say with certainty that her youngest
- CPS Families Plan ‘Sick-Out,’ Call For Remote Learning Options Amid COVID-19 Worries; Wa
- > Sep 13, 10:55 AM: “CPS is not offering a remote option to all students in quarantine, and parents are being told if they don’t feel their kids will be safe in school to drop out and home school,” O’Brien said.
- Any Illinois School District Can Offer Full-Time Remote Learning. Few Are Doing It.
- Sep 10, 11:45 AM: Only eight districts submitted a remote program to the state. “Why go backward and not have options for families?” one superintendent said.
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