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July 11, 2019
In the middle of Chicago, an emerging curriculum blooms in a hidden city garden
Most days begin with weeding, planting, or harvesting in the garden, and in the afternoon, students learn about the science and social implications behind their work.
Setting a deadline
Updated July 12, 2019
With new video and deadline, the Chicago Teachers Union expresses urgency for a deal
The union warned of a strike when school begins this fall if the city does not meet its demands.
July 9, 2019
How to get more English learners prepared to enter kindergarten? Illinois wrestles with answer.
The state found that only 26% of kindergarteners statewide met requirements to be considered “on track.” For English learners, that proportion dropped to 17%.
July 3, 2019
Should school libraries toss old books? Viral photo of a Chicago dumpster prompts heated debate on social media
While the initial reaction on Facebook was to denounce the school for tossing books, many educators sympathized with the need to free up space for new materials.
July 3, 2019
A high-stakes principal search; CTU turns up volume
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July 2, 2019
School’s out—Chicago educators, how are you recharging this summer?
Where are you traveling? Which books are you reading? What are you doing for fun? How are you challenging yourself this summer? Chalkbeat Chicago wants to hear from you.
June 28, 2019
Chicago will allow students to start kindergarten early, skip grades
The new policy on early entrance to kindergarten will go into effect for the coming school year.
June 26, 2019
Chicago school board approves new school ratings scale despite complaints and confusion
Board members complained that they hadn’t known about the need for approving a new formula and felt pressed toward a decision.
June 26, 2019
Here are 7 big ways that Chicago school board meetings are changing
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s newly appointed school board promised to change how the board does its business. They announced seven new rules at their first meeting.
June 25, 2019
In the second year of statewide assessment, three out of four Illinois children still aren’t kindergarten ready
In 2017, Illinois spent an average of $15,337 per student in K-12 but only $3,306 for a child under age 6.
Obstacles to a degree
June 21, 2019
Could hunger be one reason Chicago students drop out of college?
Such hardships around food and housing may help explain why so many graduates of Chicago Public Schools still struggle with getting through college.
June 20, 2019
Greg Jacobs made a film about early learning. He met exhausted parents and underpaid providers.
A new documentary from Chicago filmmaker Greg Jacobs takes a close look at early childhood education — highlighting the struggles of exhausted parents and providers.
Undercounting the youngest
June 18, 2019
As citizenship question swirls, Illinois early childhood advocates gear up for another census challenge
In Illinois, early childhood advocates are also fretting over a group that has long been undercounted: babies and toddlers.
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