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August 6, 2019
New Illinois law aims to increase high schoolers seeking federal aid for post-grad plans
A new state law will require Illinois high school seniors to complete an application for federal student aid in order to graduate.
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 6, 2019
Nearly 40 Chicago schools, including charters, to get building boost from state capital plan
The capital bill lays out $415 million in all for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to K-12 schools and another $111 million for early education facilities.
March 22, 2019
Big day for preschool: Illinois governor says state universal pre-K coming in 4 years; Chicago invests $77 million in early learning
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he expects Illinois would have universal preschool for 4-year-olds in 4 years. Next year, Chicago will add more than 100 pre-kindergarten classes
Updated March 12, 2019
Across Illinois, littlest children face some form of ‘high risk,’ new report says
Illinois spends less than 5 percent of its budget on children under 5, two-thirds of whom live in counties where they face high risks to their health or development.
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March 1, 2019
Illinois has more working mothers than the U.S. average — and they pay too much for child care
More mothers work in Illinois than the national average, and many spend more than half of their income on childcare, according to a new report.
February 20, 2019
Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker plows $100 million more into early ed — but no universal preschool this year
“Investing in early childhood is the single most important education policy decision government can make," Pritzker said Wednesday.
January 16, 2019
State school board asks new Illinois governor to quintuple early childhood spending
The state board of education is putting Illinois’ new governor to the test with a $2.4 billion-plus request to fund a universal preschool system for 3- and 4-year-olds.
December 21, 2018
These were our 10 most-read Chicago education stories in 2018
From a principal’s first-person column on personalized learning to a profile of a teen struggling to read, these were our most-read stories of the year.
December 21, 2018
Here’s what happened in Chicago public education this year
A secret report, a strike, and signs of improvement: Here are the big storylines we covered in 2018.
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November 27, 2018
Signaling a city-state thaw, Pritzker names Chicago schools chief to transition team
Pritzker’s appointment of Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to his education team sets a more collegial tone in the relationship between Chicago and Springfield.
November 19, 2018
Letters to J.B.: Here’s what 10 Illinois educators said governor-elect Pritzker should prioritize
The short letters to the new governor cover everything from pleas for more staffing to additional counseling and mental health services.
Politics & Policy
November 8, 2018
Illinois Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker names well-connected educators to transition team
Two big names in education, former Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz and early-childhood expert Barbara Bowman, have been…
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
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November 1, 2018
Care about education? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the Illinois governor’s race
Between the candidates’ barbs, and the back-and-forth over tax breaks and toilets, the candidates for Illinois governor have occasionally been spotted talking real…
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