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Mila Koumpilova is a senior reporter at Chalkbeat Chicago. She previously wrote about higher education and immigration at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis. Mila has also covered education at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and The Forum in Fargo, N.D. A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, she has received recognition from the Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others. She is a graduate of the American University in Bulgaria and the Missouri School of Journalism.

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Despite COVID stress, Chicago teachers largely staying put

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COVID concerns kept these students home. Now they are no longer enrolled.

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As quarantine notices go out, Chicago needs more time to fully expand school COVID testing

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‘All of us are learning to do school again’: Chicago students return to campus during COVID surge

On the first day of full-time in-person learning, families searched for an elusive new normal.

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Chicago schools are fully reopening for the first time in more than 500 days. Here’s what to know.

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Chicago will drop daily COVID-19 screener and bring back simultaneous instruction in quarantine cases

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San Antonio superintendent, another outside candidate top contenders for Chicago schools chief

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With school less than two weeks away, Chicago has not picked a district leader

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Chicago will overhaul standardized testing amid questions about how to measure COVID academic gaps 

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Emerging evidence shows the pandemic may have hit boys harder — not just in Chicago but nationally

Male students of color, who have long faced the largest gaps, saw steeper drops in attendance and a sharper increase in failing grades than girls.