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November 9, 2018
On J.B. Pritzker’s education to-do list
We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel and Yana Kunichoff, and we round up Chicago education news every week — just for you. This…
Making the grade
November 8, 2018
In Chicago, the surprising reasons so many students fail P.E.
Surprising new research shows around one in 10 Chicago students fail PE — a higher rate than math, English or any other class. Why?
November 7, 2018
School funding, pensions, pre-K: Here are 8 education issues J.B. Pritzker will face as governor
Steinmetz High School in northwest Chicago, where Emily Jade Aguilar graduated last year, had just four school counselors. In a school of more…
November 2, 2018
Educators at a second Chicago charter move toward strike
Between Chicago International and Acero, educators in Chicago’s charter sector have gained national attention — as either could be the nation’s first-ever charter strike.
November 1, 2018
5 reasons to watch Chicago’s historic charter contract negotiations
As Acero teachers verge on staging the nation's first charter school strike, here are’s five reasons why people in Chicago, and beyond, should pay attention.
October 30, 2018
Chicago’s Acero teachers vote 98% to authorize first-ever charter school strike
Teachers at 15 Acero schools overwhelmingly voted Tuesday evening to authorize a strike, setting the stage for the first walkout in the nation by teachers at a charter network.
October 30, 2018
Illinois report card: 94 Chicago schools earn low performance rating
Nearly half of Chicago schools failed to meet the state’s threshold for performance on its new accountability system, making some of them possible…
By the numbers
October 29, 2018
Chicago schools pumping nearly half a million dollars into International Baccalaureate
To beef up its rigorous International Baccalaureate programs, the Chicago school district will spend $450,000 to train teachers and…
October 26, 2018
Chicago tags two charter schools for possible closure, warns five others
As Chicago’s five-year moratorium on school closings nears an end, the school district has labeled two charter schools and one contract school as candidates for closure.
October 24, 2018
Why Chicago charter educators say now is the moment for historic strike
Charter school union expects up to 19 schools to announce that they will hold votes to authorize a strike against the companies that run the schools.
October 22, 2018
Who’s in and who’s not? Chicago schools announce new boundaries for popular Taft High
The board will announce much-anticipated new attendance boundaries for one of its most crowded schools, William Howard Taft High School on the Northwest side.
October 22, 2018
Want ideas for easing Illinois’ teacher shortage? Ask a teacher.
Raising pay ranks high on the list of ideas for how to fill vacancies in the classroom. But teachers gave mixed responses to Illinois State Board of Education proposals on speeding up credentialing.
October 17, 2018
Illinois charter PAC ready to spend millions in Chicago elections
Well-funded political action committee supporting charter schools poised to campaign for mayor, aldermen candidates — with potentially enough to sway elections.
October 16, 2018
In one Chicago neighborhood, three high schools offer dramatically different opportunities
This story is part of a partnership between Chalkbeat and the nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica. Using federal data from Miseducation, an interactive database built…
Updated October 12, 2018
You thought failing P.E. or art in high school doesn’t matter? Not so, new Chicago study says.
Study found students struggle with the transition from middle to high school, but the impact varies by race, gender and ethnicity.
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