How schools seek to overcome pandemic-related mental health challenges and the broad impact of long-standing inequities.

Grant program helps students create safe spaces and activities that keep them connected
Career academies, community hubs, incubators for democracy: Chicago Public Schools eyes new models for small South and West Side high schools.
The University of Chicago compared COVID-era grades to those before the pandemic. High schoolers fared better than elementary school students.
Chalkbeat asked readers to nominate real-life versions of “Mrs. Howard” from Abbott Elementary.
Even as New York City required students to return to in-person instruction last school year, hundreds of thousands of children missed large stretches of instruction, new figures show.
A growing movement is working to reduce gun violence where students most often experience it.
The report’s author suggests a long-term funding solution is needed as federal COVID relief funds offer only a short-term remedy.
Beyond the typical joy and nerves among families and educators, there was a more somber reality: a majority of the city’s schools were starting the year with budget cuts.
What’s happening with the budget? How will schools address mental health? What impact will COVID have this year?
Following two shootings last fall, Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy was flooded with crisis counselors but that soon faded — leaving some calling for long-term support to heal from the trauma.
Students who are Black or from low-income families scored much lower than peers on third-grade test
Chalkbeat wants to hear from students, parents, and educators: What are you looking forward to this school year? What are your hopes? Concerns?
Nine-year-olds across the country saw historic drops in math and reading scores on a key national test.
Newark will introduce a new student identification system and hire more security guards as the state digital mapping initiative gets underway.
Chronic absenteeism, enrollment losses, facility upgrades, and a school board election are among key issues Chalkbeat Detroit will be prioritizing this school year
Our Chalkbeat Detroit team includes a soccer player, a record collector, a Ms. Pac Man aficionado, a sewing enthusiast, and an election worker
Research suggests money matters for schools. But experts aren’t sure how to explain test scores in the country’s highest spending state.
Despite facing familiar challenges — declining enrollment, academic gaps — Denver’s Castro Elementary posted high growth scores on state tests.
The federal dollars turned out to be a radical experiment in funding schools based on student need. But it’s coming to an end.
Chicago schools CEO Pedro Martinez says his efforts to “reimagine” learning in the district will begin with a push to reinvest in neighborhood schools.
Chicago district leaders will face staffing shortages, bus issues, and pandemic-related academic and mental health shortfalls in another high-stakes year.
Fourteen attendance advocates from the Denver-based nonprofit Zero Dropouts are helping the Greeley-Evans district track down missing high schoolers.
Many schools are working to plug vacancies, boost student attendance, and address student mental health and academic needs this fall.
Chicago schools CEO Pedro Martinez said his three-year vision for the district encompasses 10 initiatives to usher “the future of education.”
“I’m feeling more confident that this year will be a little bit more normal.” Quarantines are gone, and a new year is beginning.
Colorado educators report a mix of optimism and apprehension as students head back to class. Could this be the year things finally feel a little normal?
After two years of learning disruptions, teachers at KIPP Rise Academy are learning how to deal with the emotional and social challenges of pandemic-era teaching through mental health intervention exercises.
Educators say TRAILS program will help students recover from pandemic-related disruptions.
Children First shares recommendations for city about issues like child care and public health.
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