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As federal COVID funds run out, the district is grappling with how to pay for universal preschool going forward.

Miquel A. Lewis, a current acting director of Probation Services at the Cook County Juvenile Probation department, is replacing Sendhil Revuluri, who stepped down at the end of last year.

With nearly all precincts reporting, former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas and teachers union organizer Brandon Johnson are headed to a runoff to be Chicago’s next mayor on April 4.

Lightfoot struggled with labor relations and pandemic school closures, changed her views on an elected school board, and plowed more city money into school building repairs during her first term.

The Cook Commissioner and Teachers Union organizer’s education platform includes tackling the district’s school funding model and providing free public transit rides and universal child care.

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.

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.

Former teacher Brandon Johnson is one of at least eight people challenging Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Vaccine mandates, greener schools, mental health supports are among Chicago teachers union recommendations

Chicago district leaders will face staffing shortages, bus issues, and pandemic-related academic and mental health shortfalls in another high-stakes year.

Joyce Chapman will fill the long-standing vacancy and complete the Chicago school board. She will serve starting June 1 through June 30, 2023.

The district, under a resolution, would temporarily waive its magnet and selective enrollment transportation policy to meet state requirements for diverse learners and students with temporary housing no later than March 7.

A temporary return to remote learning, a metric to close schools, and COVID testing protocols are among the sticking points in the standoff.

Under the teachers union’s latest proposal, remote learning would start Wednesday and students could return to buildings as soon as Jan. 18.

Illinois Black and Latino parents have to deal with lack of access to health care providers and misinformation leading to vaccine hesitancy.

Six things to know about the former Chicago Public Schools grad who will take the reins of the district later this month.

Martinez recently made news when he issued a mask mandate and a staff vaccination mandate, defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.