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Cassie Walker Burke
May 20, 2019
‘We must meet our educational challenges together’: What Lori Lightfoot said about schools on her first day as Chicago’s mayor
Lightfoot pledged to work toward equity education and to support educators, nurses, and others working to create a safe and nurturing environment for students.
May 18, 2019
Chicago teachers union leadership retains power, despite vocal challenger
Incumbents will retain control of the Chicago Teachers Union, despite a challenge from a group seeking to redirect attention back to “bread-and-butter issues."
May 17, 2019
Lori Lightfoot unveils plans to tackle school budgets, policing
Voices from the field
May 15, 2019
What should new teachers of color know when taking the job? Veterans offer some advice.
What advice would teachers of color give to new recruits before they take the job? Chalkbeat asked three teachers to weigh in.
May 10, 2019
Meet four Chicago teachers who inspire
We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and Yana Kunichoff and we cover public education in Chicago. Have a story idea? Great. Write us at email@example.com. One…
May 3, 2019
Three things Betsy DeVos said in Chicago last night
The Week in Review Shrinking schools get a lifeline: At two high schools on opposite ends of the city, enrollment drops have meant…
May 3, 2019
Three things Betsy DeVos said in Chicago — and one big topic she didn’t address
Betsy DeVos talked about two kinds of vouchers and pushed for vocational education, but skirted mentioning Illinois' pushback against tax credits for school choice.
April 29, 2019
Early kindergarten, grade skipping: Chicago considers new options for gifted children
Under the proposal, Chicago would allow early admittance to kindergarten for children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Oct. 31.
April 26, 2019
Another Chicago strike threat. What it means
The Week in Review Anxiety all around: A crowd of charter operators pressed Chicago’s board of education Wednesday for their needs, from facilities…
April 22, 2019
Chicago will start taking universal pre-K applications on April 30
Even as universal pre-K expands the number of free seats, Chicago families still encounter a complex menu of options depending on where they live.
April 19, 2019
Dedicated teachers, overflowing bathrooms: What Chicagoans want Lori Lightfoot to know about their schools
If you could tell Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot something about your school, what would it be? When we asked, more than 330 educators,…
April 17, 2019
Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them
After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for…
April 12, 2019
How students feel about choosing a high school
We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and Yana Kunichoff and we cover public education in Chicago. Have a story idea? Great. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated April 10, 2019
Internet failure interrupts ‘Zombie PARCC’ at some Chicago schools
An Internet outage Tuesday across Chicago Public Schools forced several campuses to suspend administration of a state standardized test nicknamed the “Zombie PARCC.”
April 8, 2019
What one sociologist learned following 36 students through Chicago’s high-stakes admissions process
Over a year, one Loyola University researcher followed 36 Chicago eighth-graders as they applied for schools, received acceptances, and enrolled as freshmen.
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