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Cassie Walker Burke
February 22, 2019
More money for schools from Springfield
Week in review Modest increases in K-12: Pritzker’s fiscal year 2020 budget would allocate a total of $7.2 billion for K-12 funding, including…
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.
February 18, 2019
Chicago’s second charter strike ends with pay wins for teachers and paraprofessionals
Chicago’s second charter school strike ended early Monday with the teachers union winning concessions on pay raises for teachers and paraprofessionals that will put their…
Race for mayor
February 11, 2019
How to help Chicago’s younger learners? Mayoral frontrunners skip a chance to say.
Chicago is in the first year of a four-year universal pre-kindergarten rollout, and the city’s next mayor will determine much of the fate of the program.
Asking the candidates
February 8, 2019
How to win over Northwest Side voters: Chicago aldermen candidates hone in on high school plans
Logan Square residents wanted to know which candidates would build up their shrinking open-enrollment high schools and attract more students to them.
February 8, 2019
Chicago’s bumpy path to universal pre-K
The week in review Chicago’s second charter strike: With pay still a sticking point, the strike entered a fourth day. The union, meanwhile,…
Raising their profile
Updated February 7, 2019
With campaigning aldermen in tow, striking Chicago teachers target statewide charter lobbyist
The Chicago Teachers Union stepped up its pressure campaign on administrators of a second striking Chicago charter with plans to picket the downtown offices of a key pro-charter lobbying group on Thursday.
city hall watch
February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
February 6, 2019
Union rejects pay deal and Chicago charter strike enters second day
Pay remains a sticking point between the teachers’ union and charter administrators.
February 5, 2019
Here’s what advocates want J.B. Pritzker to do for the state’s youngest learners
Before Illinois can embark on universal pre-K, it needs to shore up its early childhood system, which has eroded with program cuts and low participation.
Debating the issues
February 2, 2019
Are Chicago schools too focused on a ‘college or bust’ culture? Some mayoral hopefuls think so.
Several mayoral candidates said that, if elected, they’d invest more in neighborhood schools and vocational programs and re-evaluate the selective enrollment model.
January 29, 2019
Storm impact: Chicago cancels another day of classes; union publishes list of educator grievances
The Chicago Teachers Union published a list of grievances from anonymous school teachers and administrators complaining about the school district’s response.
Caught in the storm
January 28, 2019
To close school or tough out brutally cold weather? Chicago faces a hard decision.
Schools face a quandary: Calling off classes and forcing the majority low-income population they serve to scramble for child care, or toughing it out amid snow and ice.
January 25, 2019
A voter guide for people who care about Chicago schools
The week in review An unprecedented data set: Two comprehensive reports — one external, one internal — shared with the school board this…
January 24, 2019
Chicago releases 2019-20 school calendar, says first day of school will be Sept. 3
School will start back on Sept. 3, the last day of school before winter break will be December 20, and spring break will be the week of April 6, 2020.
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