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LEARN charter network starts the school year ahead of Chicago schools
Aug 9, 8:38 AM:

The North Lawndale school is one of seven in the LEARN Charter School Network, which usually starts classes in early August and a few weeks ahead of Chicago Public Schools, which this year, starts on Aug. 22. LEARN >

Chicago Public Schools plans to spend nearly $10 billion next school year
Jun 8, 10:01 AM: Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released its proposed $9.5 billion budget for the next school year, a spending plan that’s $200 million more than this year even though the district continues to experience enrollment >
Chicago Teachers Union sues Lightfoot ally, accuses her of interfering in union's elections
Mar 25, 7:55 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a lawsuit against a former top advisor to Mayor Lori Lightfoot over her role in a social media campaign supporting challengers to the current union's leadership team. >
Editorial: About those 5 lost school days in CPS...
Mar 25, 7:46 AM: It’s a sore spot with educators that they lost pay, but it’s their union that chose a walkout — really, an illegal strike. What’s worse, though, is that children lost days of teaching that they won’t fully get back. >
Chicago Public Schools is flush with federal COVID-19 relief cash but is spending little of it
Mar 24, 8:14 AM: A WBEZ analysis shows that 69% of the $536 million in federal COVID relief money CPS budgeted this year is unspent.
Forty percent of CPS schools to see budget cuts amid enrollment declines
Mar 21, 6:05 AM: CPS says it’s giving low enrollment schools extra money and taking over $50 million in costs so principals can spend that money as they wish.
Inside a Chicago High School’s Year of Uncertainty
Mar 18, 7:51 AM: The pandemic spurred promises of an education overhaul. Richards Career Academy on the Southwest Side is still waiting.
Chicago Public Schools’ mask-optional rule survives initial challenge by teachers union
Mar 17, 8:47 AM: A hearing in the matter has been set for June, around the time the school year will end. There was discussion Wednesday among the board members that the hearing may be moved up to April if schedules allow. That news >
Chicago Public Schools defends its vaccine mandate for teachers in court amid separate fight with union over the end of the mask rule
Mar 16, 9:28 AM: Chicago Public Schools defended its COVID-19 policies in a downstate courtroom Tuesday as six CPS teachers try again to prevent the district from requiring them to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or undergo weekly >
Editorial: Chicago’s stellar selective enrollment schools must be protected from attack
Mar 15, 9:14 AM:

Public high schools like Lane Tech College Prep, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, Jones College Prep and Northside College Prep are sources of pride in this city, and rightly so.

CPS selective enrollment schools to accept fewer affluent students under proposed change
Mar 11, 6:58 AM: In one of his first major moves as CEO, Pedro Martinez is proposing the school district drop part of the current system that awards 30% of the seats at these schools strictly based on a student’s seventh grade marks and >
AFT President Randi Weingarten joins striking Proviso teachers on the picket line
Mar 10, 9:58 AM: Classes were canceled for a third day at Proviso High School District 209, where striking teachers were bolstered by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, who joined forces with educators on the >
The Chicago teachers’ union vows to fight a plan to lift a school mask mandate.
Mar 9, 10:07 AM: Chicago Public Schools has announced plans to lift a mask requirement in the third-largest U.S. school district starting next week, infuriating members of the teachers’ union who stopped reporting to school buildings for a >
After losing scholarship, Chicago family sold car to keep kids in private school
Mar 2, 9:15 AM: Invest in Kids tax credit scholarships give opportunities to minority families and stability to students when hard times hit. Tough choices await when the scholarships dry up.
Illinois teachers unions call strikes 48 times in 10 years
Mar 2, 6:57 AM: Illinois has seen 48 teacher strikes in 10 years. None of Illinois’ neighboring states let unions use students and their educations as bargaining chips.
"Hope Chicago" shows kids need opportunities with no strings attached
Mar 2, 6:46 AM: Earlier this week, a few thousand youth in Chicago received a surprise and the gift of a lifetime. Hope Chicago – a newly formed organization led by former Chicago Public Schools CEO, Dr. Janice Jackson – gifted students >
Applications open for Catholic school scholarships
Mar 1, 7:10 AM: There will soon be more educational opportunities available to prospective Catholic school students due to a bipartisan state scholarship program that has been around since 2017.
Most Chicago charter schools aren’t unionized or represented by the Chicago Teachers Union.
Mar 1, 6:52 AM: Chicago Public Schools continues to impose a blanket mask mandate over all its 330,000 students, including those in charters. CPS officials claim their hands are tied on masking because of the “safety” agreement they >
A gap in representation? District 186 partners with UIS to hire more teachers of color
Feb 28, 9:54 AM: The Diverse Workforce Pipeline program, a joint effort of Springfield School District 186 and University of Illinois Springfield, launched in January to help candidates of color earn licenses to teach in local schools. >
Commentary: The Chicago Teachers Union’s purpose is not to fix our city’s social problems
Feb 23, 9:22 AM: Currently three caucuses are vying for CTU leadership. Members are urged to research their platforms and compare what each has to offer and whether it adds value, not necessarily to solve the city’s social or political >



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