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Cassie Walker Burke
December 13, 2018
Chicago school applications are due midnight Friday. Here’s your last-minute cheat sheet.
The application process is particularly fraught for students entering high school. Eighth-graders can choose from among 250 programs in nearly 150 high schools.
elected school board
December 12, 2018
In Chicago, not everyone agrees with the grassroots call for an elected school board
Despite a growing call for an elected school board, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to Chicago’s troubled public school system. Panelists…
December 11, 2018
Chicago on Trump administration changes: ‘A sicker, poorer and less secure community’
Chicago and New York led a coalition of 30 cities that filed comments to the Department of Homeland Security over changes to the so-called “public charge” rule.
December 10, 2018
Charter teachers won big in nation’s first strike. What now?
Some 500 unionized teachers joined in the nation’s first charter strike last week, and succeeded in negotiating wage increases, smaller class sizes and…
December 7, 2018
Chicago charter files federal labor complaint against union over strike
As the acrimonious teacher strike against Acero charter schools wound down its fourth day, both sides ratcheted up pressure, neither giving indications of backing down.
December 7, 2018
What to watch in Chicago as nation’s first charter strike stretches to day 4
About 500 teachers have been striking since Tuesday, forming picket lines outside of 15 Acero schools.
December 5, 2018
Parents line up to push back against Chicago’s cold shoulder to charters
Propelled by their fear that the city is turning a cold shoulder to charters, several parents weaved through sign-toting Acero teachers to speak to the school board.
Updated December 4, 2018
As charter strike enters second day, Chicago agencies offer care for students out of school
As Acero union negotiations drag on, the YMCA and Chicago parks offered care for students displaced by the nation’s first-ever strike by charter school teachers.
December 4, 2018
Nation’s first charter strike is on, Acero teachers say
Updated December 3, 2018
Signaling waning enthusiasm for charters, Chicago officials move to deny all new applications
Chicago Public Schools recommends denying all new charter applications for 2019-20, bending to the political tide making the city appear less hospitable to charters.
secrets to success
November 27, 2018
Seven questions for the cartwheeling Chicagoan named national school counselor of the year
How an award-winning Chicago counselor who calls himself "weird" and "awkward" connects with students and helps them work through challenges.
Students on soapboxes
November 21, 2018
Watch a high schooler’s fiery speech about reading more black and brown authors
Ivery Marquez is a senior who is passionate about seeing more authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alice Walker on her reading list.
cry for help
November 20, 2018
View from the child care trenches: ‘Those of us cleaning the poop are not making it’
Escalating costs, tougher rules and a critical shortage of qualified staffer endanger the survival of infant centers, day care programs, and community-based preschools.
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.
November 16, 2018
Chunk of $55 million AbbVie gift will go toward more counselors in schools
Sixteen more Chicago schools will add full-time counselors charged with reducing dropouts and helping students with critical mental health issues.
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