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Mauricio Peña

Reporter, Chalkbeat Chicago

Mauricio Peña is a reporter at Chalkbeat. He joined Chalkbeat from Block Club Chicago, where he was a founding member. He covered Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop and Back of the Yards. He previously worked as an associate digital editor at Chicago magazine. He also worked as a breaking news reporter at DNAinfo Chicago, and an investigative reporter covering immigration and equality at the Desert Sun for the USA Today Network. He has an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Franklin Fine Arts Center students are joining rock bands, taking ukulele classes, or joining the choir ensemble thanks to Anne Gray.
Chicago music teacher Trevor Nicholas is inspiring his students to live out their dreams after a tumultuous few years from the COVID pandemic.
After collecting dozens of questions from readers, Chalkbeat Chicago sent 10 to the candidates running for mayor. Here’s a look at where they stand on the top issues facing Chicago Public Schools.
The Board of Ethics has previously warned elected officials and campaigns to scrub their listserv of any government emails.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot disputed claims that her office interfered with plans to extend the city’s more generous parental leave policy to school employees.
Mayor says outreach to to educators at Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges was an “honest mistake” by a staffer.
The candidates have varying connections to the city’s schools and young people. Chalkbeat Chicago is summing up what they’ve done and is asking readers what questions we should ask them.
A bill that will give Chicago principals and assistant principals collective bargaining rights passed the state Senate 45-7, and heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
In 2022, investigators found dozens of instances of sexual misconduct and abuse, schools mislabeling truants as transfers, a surge in overtime payments, and an end to automatic JROTC enrollment.
District leaders are urging families to get vaccinated, but the school system isn’t keeping tabs on how many students are receiving COVID boosters.
With cases of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory viruses on the rise, Chicago’s top doctor Allison Arwady and schools chief Pedro Martinez are encouraging students to stay vigilant during the holiday break.
District leaders and police officers are investigating the shooting that happened during dismissal Friday. Chicago Public Schools plans to dispatch crisis counselors on Monday to students and staff.
Chicago Public Schools will use the money to buy land and swap property with Chicago Housing Authority to make way for the new campus.
Chicago Public Schools gets initial OK for city money to buy parcels, swap land with Chicago Housing Authority to make way for a new Near South high school.
School social worker Mary Difino wears many hats to meet persistent behavioral concerns and support students’ needs as Chicago recovers from COVID-related disruptions.
CEO Pedro Martinez, who started last September, has led the district through a tumultuous return to in-person learning that included a rocky COVID-19 testing roll out and showdown with the teachers union.
Sendhil Revuluri announced his resignation after three years helping oversee the school district. He was appointed in 2019 by Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
The vote is the latest blow to the nationally recognized charter network. Last month, Chicago Public Schools moved to take over the charter’s two South Side campuses.
After Chicago Public Schools moved to take over two campuses from Urban Prep, the Illinois Board of Education will vote Thursday on whether to revoke its agreement for the charter’s third campus.
Every Thursday at Infinity Math, Science & Technology High School, juniors volunteer to help underclassmen catch up.
Before heading to Congress in 2019, U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia forced former Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff in 2015 with the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union.
For over a decade, North Lawndale College Prep students have been training their peers to curb fights on campus, support grieving friends, and host peace circles.
Former teacher Brandon Johnson is one of at least eight people challenging Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Urban Prep leaders blasted the vote by CPS board members and claimed long-standing unfair treatment by the district.
Nearly 83% of students graduated in four years in 2022 and 88.8% of freshmen are on track to graduate, the district said Monday.
Curie high school’s robust arts programming and its focus on supporting students impressed the panel of 200 judges.
Amid lagging vaccination, the city’s health commissioner urged Chicagoans to get the new omicron booster to avoid a winter surge.
If approved, Pfizer’s bivalent vaccine will be administered to children between 5 and 11, and a Moderna booster will be available for children 6 and up.
Healing Through Justice, a partnership between Communities United and Lurie Children’s Hospital, uses activism to heal trauma and will now be able to help 3,000 more young people.
With the school year underway, Chalkbeat wants to share some of the inspiring moments and innovative lessons inside the classrooms.