Kalyn Belsha

National Reporter

Kalyn Belsha is a National Reporter for Chalkbeat based in Chicago. Previously, she covered education for The Chicago Reporter, Catalyst Chicago and the suburban Chicago Tribune. She is a former Spencer Fellow in Education Reporting at Columbia University and has taught journalism at Loyola University Chicago.

Tens of thousands of children missed early intervention and special education services during the pandemic, leaving preschools and elementary schools to fill in the gaps.
A new school integration program is the result of years of advocacy but comes as some districts retreat from racial equity work.
There’s a growing consensus that schools should schedule intensive tutoring during the school day and lean on computer programs to reach more students.
Students’ struggle to recover from pre-pandemic disruptions is also a cause for concern, the new report says.
The history declines are part of a longer trend, but follow pandemic disruptions and state efforts to restrict lessons on race and LGBTQ issues.
Five states will work to identify tutoring providers with proven track records and help districts set up schedules that allow for more tutoring.
Rebecka Peterson knows math can be intimidating. Here’s how the award-winning teacher opens up and helps students feel like “math people.”
While some educators and parents have been skeptical of the virtual setup, many have since been won over.
The proposal would not allow K-12 schools to establish across-the-board bans.
“It makes sense that communities are really struggling following incidents like this — they are traumatic and scary,” said one advocate from a nonprofit that has called for the removal of police.
As virtual tutoring struggles to reach students nationwide, education officials in the state said Paper had failed to get enough students help.
Several big school districts had fewer psychologists or counselors this fall than they did before the pandemic.
Educators and officials in districts that contracted with Paper say its text-based tutoring service often frustrates the students who need the most help.
Researchers say remote learning may be just a “small piece” of what affected students’ academic performance during the pandemic.
A new $10 million initiative will study 31 different in-person and virtual tutoring efforts. The goal is to help schools better invest their time and money.
More schools are beefing up attendance tracking, but many lack the details that would tell them what last year’s absences truly mean.
Federal funding is allowing schools to get creative with how they offer direct help to young people.
Students who struggled before the pandemic are having the toughest time catching up.
Nine-year-olds across the country saw historic drops in math and reading scores on a key national test.
In most cases, students who’ve been exposed to a person infected with monkeypox shouldn’t be excluded from school or other activities.
Many schools are working to plug vacancies, boost student attendance, and address student mental health and academic needs this fall.
Schools can end quarantines and regular screening tests for COVID, new CDC guidelines say.
As more states pass laws restricting lessons about racism and sexism, more teachers worry they’ll face additional scrutiny this school year.
Many principals say it will be very difficult to fill key support staff roles this fall, a new federal survey found.
Some school officials are bracing for a spike in student meal debt as paperwork requirements return.
Schools need to make sure students aren’t being disciplined for behavior related to their disability, especially as the effects of the pandemic drag on, new guidance says.
Many principals reported an uptick in school violence and disruption on a new federal survey, though a sizable portion saw no change from pre-pandemic years.
Las reglas escolares aclaran que las protecciones de la ley de derechos civiles aplican a los estudiantes LGBTQ.
Virtual tutoring companies want to become a more permanent fixture in schools. Their impact so far is unclear.
New federal legislation will help keep school meal programs financially afloat this fall and get more food to kids this summer.