Max Lubbers

Chicago Summer Reporting Intern
Families of transgender youth are moving to Illinois, where state law protects gender-affirming medical care and encourages inclusive school policies.
As new members join Chicago mayor’s youth commission, Chalkbeat Chicago spoke to two teens who have served on the group, advising city leadership on education.
Ahora que se acerca el primer día de clases, esto es lo que sabemos sobre los recursos bilingües y los estudiantes de inglés en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago.
Navarro completed a year of training through Chicago Public Schools’ Teacher Residency program. Now he teaches as a special education teacher at Finkl Academy, where he previously worked as a paraprofessional.
More than 5,000 new English learners enrolled in Chicago schools last year. With the first day of school rapidly approaching, a Chalkbeat analysis found a complicated picture of bilingual staffing resources at the district.
This month, for the first time in nearly three decades, the federal government restored Pell Grants to incarcerated people. But availability of program spots and systemic educational issues could keep many people in prison from actually enrolling this fall.
About 350 teens and young adults gathered at Harold Washington Library to discuss mental health, affordable housing, the environment, and more.
At the first official meeting of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s handpicked school board, the new members announced several changes to encourage more transparency and public participation, including an increase in the number of speakers allowed each month.
Eva Padilla said her queerness is not the main feature of the classroom — it’s an organic part of it. She spoke with Chalkbeat about her passion for history and how her own educational experience shapes her as a teacher today.
Though she cannot vote on board matters, Shaw will represent students at the board’s monthly meetings through next school year. She is a rising junior at Kenwood Academy High School in Hyde Park. Along with student council experience, Shaw hopes to bring her skills from debate.
Advocates expressed concerns with equitably funding schools and board members discussed long-term financial plans.
In a Wednesday letter, the advocates asked the mayor’s office to do an open call for members, increase transparency around the qualifications for selection, and outline the administration’s goals for the composition of the school board.