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October 17, 2018
Emanuel tries to shore up education legacy in final budget address
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel choked up twice during his final budget address to Chicago’s City Council Wednesday morning: once when he talked about…
October 15, 2018
Chicago sets community meetings on controversial school inventory report
Chicago Public Schools is hosting a dozen workshops for community members focused on a controversial…
Asked and answered
October 9, 2018
Why Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief believe an elite curriculum can resuscitate neighborhood schools
Chicago is doubling down on a big bet that the International Baccalaureate program can be boon to its struggling neighborhood schools. We…
October 4, 2018
What Denver parents, students, and teachers said they want in the next superintendent
“We need a superintendent that has lived through a lot of the experiences of our kids.”
Testing the Candidates
October 2, 2018
Rauner and Pritzker are at odds over most education issues — but agree on this one point
Rauner and Pritzker both say Illinois shouldn't rely so heavily on property taxes to fund schools — but Rauner said he’d temporarily freeze them while Rauner would roll them back. But put simply, neither had an immediate solution to plugging the massive gap between the $TK Illinois spends on K-12 public schools and projections of what adequate school funding would actually cost.
September 27, 2018
Retiree named interim leader of Denver district as superintendent search continues
His first day as interim will be Oct. 20, and he will serve until a permanent superintendent starts.
September 24, 2018
Where Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker stand on key education issues, from charters to Chicago’s school board
The race for Illinois governor is shaping up to be one of the most expensive in U.S. history, and anyone who hasn’t been…
September 24, 2018
What would you ask Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker about education?
Chalkbeat Chicago is teaming up with the education team at WBEZ 91.5 Chicago for a WBEZ/Chalkbeat 2018 Election Special: Testing the Candidates. Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner…
meet the candidates
September 18, 2018
These candidates are running for Detroit school board. Watch them introduce themselves.
These candidates are among nine people vying for two seats up for grabs on Detroit’s seven-member school board this fall.
September 13, 2018
Report lists litany of failings over police in Chicago schools
The Chicago Police Department doesn’t adequately screen and train the officers it assigns to Chicago Public Schools, and their roles in schools are…
Asked and answered
September 11, 2018
Teachers’ union chief Jesse Sharkey on school closings, contract battles, and life after Rahm
What the CTU president says about Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson, being called out by investigator Maggie Hickey, and union challenges post-Janus.
September 7, 2018
Amid heated community debate, Denver extends time for superintendent search
The initial public meetings have surfaced longstanding tensions between those who believe in the school district’s vision and those who don’t.
September 4, 2018
What Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to not seek re-election means for schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for…
How I Lead
August 29, 2018
Why this Memphis principal says hiring former students is the ‘ultimate compliment’
Barbara Harmon of Germantown High School is a finalist this year for Tennessee Principal of the Year.
Letter to teachers
August 27, 2018
Here’s what outgoing union chief Karen Lewis told Chicago teachers this morning
Retiring Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis, who has been fighting brain cancer, sent a note to Chicago teachers this morning urging them to support…
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