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August 8, 2019
Chicago to spend $820 million on fixing up schools. Is yours on the list?
Chicago plans to spend $820 million next year fixing up 300 of its schools and building more pre-K classrooms.
August 5, 2019
Educators trusted with babies and toddlers don’t make a living wage — Illinois wants to change this
Across Illinois, early childhood educators are paid far less than their counterparts in K-12 schools. Under the proposal, teacher pay would start at about $40,000 a year.
August 5, 2019
Chicago educators — join us for Chalkbeat happy hour
Join Chalkbeat Chicago on Aug. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for beer, food, and storytelling featuring some of the city’s most literary classroom leaders.
How I Teach
August 5, 2019
How visits to schools abroad enriched this Chicago teacher’s work in social and emotional learning
Hyam Elsaharty thinks Chicago is on the cutting edge of social and emotional learning. She would know — she’s traveled around the world to see it in practice.
August 2, 2019
How one Englewood principal is redesigning summer school
Week in review #TrackingtheContract: In the runup to a possible contract showdown next month, the Chicago Teachers Union is busy firming up its…
August 1, 2019
From murals to museums, how one South Side principal is reimagining summer school
Chicago Public Schools is honing in on how to bolster leaders like Principal Elizabeth Meyers at Randolph Elementary by giving them leadership training and autonomy.
July 31, 2019
Scenes from Chicago Public Schools’ first back-to-school bash full of free stuff
More than 700 families celebrated the start of school Tuesday afternoon with free food, games, music, backpacks full of school supplies, and even immunizations.
History of racism
July 29, 2019
Chicago teachers to receive classroom guide to 1919 race riots by fall
Mayor Lori Lightfoot emphasized the importance of educating Chicago’s students about the city’s “painful history with racism.”
Updated August 13, 2019
#TrackingtheContract: Three weeks before school starts, union president says negotiations show little progress
As contract negotiations between Chicago’s new mayor and the teachers union continue, we will update this tracker.
Safety in schools
July 25, 2019
Do metal detectors keep schools safe? Chicago school board wades into debate.
On Wednesday, the school board approved $2.4 million to replace safety equipment, even as they discussed whether the hulking metal devices actually keep students safe.
July 23, 2019
At Chicago job fair, hundreds line up for a chance at support-staff jobs
People lined up outside of the gymnasium at Richard J. Daley College, seeking to fill many of the crucial positions that support teaching and learning.
July 11, 2019
In the middle of Chicago, an emerging curriculum blooms in a hidden city garden
Most days begin with weeding, planting, or harvesting in the garden, and in the afternoon, students learn about the science and social implications behind their work.
Setting a deadline
Updated July 12, 2019
With new video and deadline, the Chicago Teachers Union expresses urgency for a deal
The union warned of a strike when school begins this fall if the city does not meet its demands.
July 9, 2019
How to get more English learners prepared to enter kindergarten? Illinois wrestles with answer.
The state found that only 26% of kindergarteners statewide met requirements to be considered “on track.” For English learners, that proportion dropped to 17%.
July 3, 2019
Should school libraries toss old books? Viral photo of a Chicago dumpster prompts heated debate on social media
While the initial reaction on Facebook was to denounce the school for tossing books, many educators sympathized with the need to free up space for new materials.
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