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3 days ago
No worksheets here: This Chicago kindergarten teacher wants to bring play back to classrooms
The misconception that play cannot be rigorous and meaningful robs students of their opportunity to learn in a developmentally appropriate manner.
3 days ago
$7.7 billion CPS budget: More administrators, more money for watchdog
We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, Yana Kunichoff and intern Catherine Henderson, and we’re rounding up Chicago public education news for the week. Please send…
August 9, 2019
With 8,000 vacancies across city pre-Ks, Lightfoot urges Chicago families to apply
With the start of school three weeks away, Mayor Lori Lightfoot took the podium at a West Humboldt Park center to urge more families to apply for preschool.
August 8, 2019
Chicago to spend $820 million on fixing up schools. Is yours on the list?
Chicago plans to spend $820 million next year fixing up 300 of its schools and building more pre-K classrooms.
July 30, 2019
Lightfoot promises hundreds of new school support jobs, but few specifics on how to fund them
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered the most detailed look yet at her education agenda on Tuesday.
Updated August 13, 2019
#TrackingtheContract: Three weeks before school starts, union president says negotiations show little progress
As contract negotiations between Chicago’s new mayor and the teachers union continue, we will update this tracker.
July 19, 2019
Free backpacks, immunizations: Here’s the list of Chicago ‘back-to-school bashes’ full of free stuff
The events kick off July 30 and run through August.
July 19, 2019
No more ‘sink-or-swim’ for new teachers
Week in review Beyond closings: What are the alternatives to closing under-enrolled schools? With some neighborhood campuses facing student declines, two advocacy groups…
July 15, 2019
Chicago’s early learning chief stepping down as universal pre-K plan enters second year
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a vacancy to fill at a critical juncture of Chicago's universal pre-K rollout.
June 24, 2019
After yearlong delay, Chicago’s plan for gifted children heads to new school board
Chicago's new school board will weigh a proposed plan on accelerating children, including allowing early entrance to kindergarten and grade skipping.
June 21, 2019
What happened in a high-stakes Chicago school merger
Week in review Rebuilding child care’s safety net: One of the tasks facing Gov. J.B. Pritzker is how to start stitching together an…
June 18, 2019
lllinois weighs how to rebuild child care program that saw exodus of children, caregivers
Illinois plans to embark on a marketing campaign to woo more families into its child care assistance program — and, in some cases, lure back providers who dropped out.
June 14, 2019
Undocumented, yet undeterred | Chalkbeat CHI’s first birthday
The week in review City Council looks toward schools: The new chair of the Chicago City Council’s education committee, Michael Scott Jr., told…
June 12, 2019
A law made it harder to expel Illinois preschoolers. But it’s been slow to catch on.
A third of providers interviewed for a new study reported inaccurate information about Illinois' law. Nearly 20% said they didn’t know the law existed.
June 7, 2019
The shifting tone on Chicago school governance, Pritzker’s capital plan
The week in review Schools see capital bill windfall: The state’s new capital plan lays out $415 million in all for maintenance, repairs,…
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