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Mauricio Pena

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.

The masking requirement at Oscar Mayer Magnet School and 20 classrooms comes as Chicago Public Schools cases have increased in recent weeks, surpassing the mid-January omicron surge.
Caucus of Rank and File Educators, which has led the Chicago Teachers Union for a decade, received 56 percent of votes cast.
Chicago Teachers Union members will choose between three leadership slates with very different visions for the coming years.
Pedro Martinez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, was experiencing mild cold-like symptoms after testing positive on Thursday.
Please Stay is focused on providing mental health support aimed at suicide prevention for seventh to 12th grade students in Chicago Public Schools.
The move from low to medium transmission risk will not trigger a citywide mask mandate, or other restrictions, health officials say.
With the help of a town hall, phone calls to parents, and student- created TikTok videos, Dunne STEM Academy has seen vaccine rates climb in recent months from 5% to 42.3%.
Advocates and parents have raised concerns about curriculum, support for English language learners, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
One Summer Chicago, Chicagobility, and youth programs aim to engage children, teenagers, and young adults with paid jobs and arts and cultural programs across the city.
Chicago Public Schools received 6,123 candidate applications across 509 schools for the governing bodies of public schools known as Local School Councils, ahead of elections held on April 20-21.
Chicago music teacher Trevor Nicholas and his students created an original song and music video. It earned Nicholas a Grammy nod.
Despite a gradual uptick in overall vaccine rates since December, the nation’s third largest district is struggling to make inroads at predominantly Black schools on the South and West Sides.
The district has only spent 12%, or $62.9 million, on a program to address the pandemic’s academic and mental health harms.
Chicago Public Schools has traditionally started after Labor Day weekend, but will now align its academic year with other suburban districts, local colleges, and universities.
Under a proposed calendar, the 2022-2023 academic year would kick off on Aug. 22 and end on June 7.
The district’s change in mask policy comes as federal, state, and local guidance have aligned.
Under the suggested changes, the district could remove a ranking system that awards 30% seats to the highest scoring students, potentially opening up more seats for low-income students.
After implementing a universal masking policy inside school campuses two years ago, Chicago Public Schools will lift its mask mandate on Monday. We want to hear how you feel about the shift to mask-optional.
Chicago Teachers Union leaders and some parents have raised concerns over a shift to mask-optional, especially in low-vaccinated communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
Amid low COVID cases, the district will align its mask policy with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officials said.
The consideration to lift the mask mandate comes a week after board members voted to uphold safety measures including mask wearing across the district.
Despite providing services for 715 students with disabilities since the last board meeting, CPS still has more than 1,000 general education students without reliable transportation to school.
Hope Chicago plans on raising and investing $1 billion in scholarships to Chicago students and their parents over the next decade.
The Chicago school district also saw a decline in the number of students and staff being quarantined.
The low vaccination rate among that age group leaves an uncertain path for the remainder of a school year already disrupted by delta and omicron surges.
This is the first time CPS families have been invited to weigh in on the calendar, which would keep the academic year similar to the 2021-22 year or move the start date a week early.
Springfield School District 186 and Joliet Public Schools 86 were among schools to cancel classes, while Chicago Public Schools said it would be open.