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Happy back-to-school day, Chicago

[caption id="attachment_226924" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The new Englewood STEM High School[/caption]

Chicago's 360,000 students return to schools today, and in advance of the occasion, we asked several youth to share with us their wishlists for the 2019-20 school year. What we heard: better grades, better lunches, and more experiences — like music classes and field trips. We spoke to parents and educators, too. Here's what we heard.

Today also marks the opening of the new $85 million Englewood STEM High School, on the site of the former Robeson High School, which was demolished last summer. The school marks two critical moments for the district: a shift toward consolidating campuses in neighborhoods where public schools have seen dramatic enrollment declines, and a chance to heal wounds left after decades of school closures.

And the district's 25,000 teachers are returning to schools today without a contract. Here's a look at the latest public offer from Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Want to share a report from your first day? Share your wishlist for the new school year? Drop us a line at [email protected] Have a great day, everyone!