Elaine Chen

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Fewer Illinois juniors met state standards on the SAT, while elementary and middle-school scores on the PARCC exam flatlined. State education officials blamed an acute teacher shortage.
A Chicago peace march led by students is in the national spotlight. Chalkbeat Chicago sat down with five vocal youth to hear why they take action.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for district leadership, from the membership of the appointed school board to the district’s handpicked CEO, Janice Jackson. Emanuel announced he’s not seeking a third
Using DonorsChoose.org, Chicago teachers have been financing not only basic supplies, but more and more, also cutting-edge and innovative projects.
The Chicago Teachers Union announced Friday that it has received dozens of phone calls in the past few days from anxious teachers who were notified that they have not cleared background checks and are not yet allowed to teach.
The majority of Chicago schools’ 43,000 employees have cleared background re-checks, the district said Sunday. Still, 266 employees have not been cleared, and 57 of those employees are teachers.
New principals have a lot to juggle. On top of overseeing staff and curriculum, many Chicago schools are dealing with budget cuts that are the result of decreasing enrollment. Principals also have more responsibility for monitoring volunteers and training staff in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal.
Chalkbeat Chicago sat in on a racial equity summit hosted by non-profit Chicago United for Equity, the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and education non-profit Generation All.
Instability in leadership at Chicago schools — from a revolving door of chief executives to changes in network chiefs and principals — contributed to a gap in oversight that would have helped protect student victims of sexual abuse, according to a preliminary report released today.
How many students ranked each public high school program among their top three choices for the 2018-2019 school year? Search the first-of-its-kind data, drawn from Chicago Public Schools’ new high school application portal, GoCPS.
Educators, Chalkbeat Chicago reporters, and staff from the nonprofit OneGoal brainstormed ways to marshal that village to guide more students in Chicago’s neighborhood schools toward college and careers.
Even with a higher profile than most, Art of Culture, previously known as Donda’s House, has struggled to recruit teen participants this summer, illustrating how hard it can be.
Educators for Excellence (E4E) released its first nationwide teacher survey on Wednesday. Chalkbeat Chicago looked into how the nationwide teacher responses compared to the Chicago teacher responses.
This was the fifth stop in Chalkbeat Chicago’s series of summer events in which we’re traveling to communities across the city and partnering with local groups to hear about their experiences in schools.
ACT officials contend the selection process was unfair, but it will spell continuity for Illinois schools, which have been taking College Board tests in recent years.
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls from parents, students, activists, and community organizations to halt the vote. The budget encompasses a $5.98 billion operating plan that charts out spending on schools
Starting this school year, Chicago Public Schools students will have to learn cursive writing before the end of fifth grade. The requirement could burden teachers whose school year already is jam-packed with teaching various requirements and preparing students for annual tests.
Divergent opinions surrounding the capital budget emerged at three concurrent community meetings CPS held Thursday night at City Colleges sites around Chicago: Malcolm X, Harry S. Truman, and Kennedy-King.
The first operations budget of her tenure is a $5.98 billion plan that contains some good news for a change, though $8 billion of debt remains.