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Everything we know so far about Chicago’s growing strike threat
The players, the policy issues, the potential length: Here's what we know so far about the potential walkout of 25,000 teachers in Chicago.
October 9, 2019
Why Chicago schoolteachers want to battle over class size, again
The Chicago Teachers Union wants to lower the cap on class sizes to 20 in kindergarten, 24 in first through fifth grade, and 28 for middle and high school.
October 3, 2019
Chicago begins contingency planning in event of teacher strike
Chicago has started planning for how a joint walkout of its 25,000 teachers and 8,000 support staff could impact local families.
Updated October 2, 2019
With no deal yet, Chicago teachers set strike for Oct. 17
If negotiations between Chicago and its teachers union fail to yield a deal, teachers will walk out and potentially shut down 500-some public schools on Oct. 17.
Updated October 4, 2019
Are Chicago teachers among the country’s highest-paid? A look at salaries and the contract conflict
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that her offer to teachers will make them among the highest-paid educators in the country. How do teacher salaries compare with others?
October 1, 2019
Seven things families should know about high school admissions in Chicago
While the high school application derby may be daunting, a trove of research on the ins and outs of Chicago high school admissions offers useful clues to families.
Updated September 26, 2019
Chicago teachers vote by wide margin to move toward strike
Chicago teachers voted to authorize a strike, setting the stage for a walkout less than six months into Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s term.
September 26, 2019
After years of gains, black students in Chicago slide on freshman preparation, college enrollment
After nearly a decade of improvement, Chicago’s black students have backslid on a closely watched metric that predicts which ninth-graders are most likely to graduate.
September 23, 2019
This company ran schools for dropouts across the country. Chicago is the latest district to cut ties.
Just a few years ago, EdisonLearning ran more than a dozen mostly online alternative schools targeted at former high school dropouts. Now just two are left.
September 18, 2019
‘It’s not just teachers wanting a break’: In battle over contract, conflict arises over prep time
Amid tense contract negotiations between Chicago and the teachers union, issues of working conditions have surfaced alongside pay and benefits.
September 12, 2019
Chicago Public Schools teachers: What are your thoughts on prep time?
Chalkbeat wants to know how much prep time you get, how you spend it, and where it ranks alongside salary and staffing needs among your contract demands.
September 12, 2019
Feds to supervise Chicago’s efforts to protect students from sexual abuse
Charging that Chicago schools failed to safeguard students from sexual abuse, the federal government will oversee the district's efforts for three years.
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September 11, 2019
Chicago schools chief asks Congress for more federal help to address childhood trauma
The hearing focused on practices that educators are using to support students affected by gun violence and other traumatic experiences.
September 11, 2019
Chicago’s school councils were granted authority over school police. All voted to keep them.
Around 70 of Chicago’s Local School Councils at schools where police are stationed voted to retain officers in their schools.
September 5, 2019
‘Something has gone wrong’: Providers sound alarm over Chicago’s $200 million award for early learning
Advocates said they would like the city to be more transparent about how it determined winners and losers in a high-stakes grant competition.
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