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Chicago mayor's race
April 2, 2019
Lori Lightfoot is Chicago’s next mayor — which means big changes are coming to schools
Lori Lightfoot pledged throughout her campaign to bolster the city’s struggling neighborhoods, starting with strengthening public schools.
March 8, 2019
Between barbs, Chicago mayoral hopefuls Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot talk schools in first televised runoff debate
Each candidate pledged to steer more resources and attention to the city’s neighborhood schools and declined to give specifics on union negotiations.
March 7, 2019
Educators want to hear more from mayoral candidates on elected school board, under-enrollment
Chalkbeat Chicago readers — 60 percent of whom identified as educators or as working in a school-related field — answered a poll that solicited reader questions.
March 5, 2019
Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot still undecided about schools chief Janice Jackson
A few days after mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle said she would retain Chicago’s schools chief if elected, opponent Lori Lightfoot said she prefers…
February 27, 2019
Janice Jackson supporters stump for Chicago schools chief as changes loom at City Hall
One day after a historic election propelled two black women into a runoff for Chicago mayor, the civic…
Updated February 26, 2019
Chicago enters historic mayoral runoff between Lori Lightfoot and teachers union candidate Toni Preckwinkle
Chicago’s crowded mayor’s race is headed toward a runoff. Early returns show that former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot will face Cook County Board President…
Race for mayor
February 26, 2019
Chicago voting: some strategic, some from the gut
Some Chicago voters cast ballots trying to counter the candidate they didn't want to reach a runoff. Others voted on instincts or on issues: education, youth, taxes.
February 13, 2019
In Chicago’s crowded mayor race, Toni Preckwinkle defends record on approving charter schools
In the first six seconds of Toni Preckwinkle’s latest campaign commercial, scenes flash of the mayoral hopeful as an alderman in City…
Race for mayor
February 11, 2019
How to help Chicago’s younger learners? Mayoral frontrunners skip a chance to say.
Chicago is in the first year of a four-year universal pre-kindergarten rollout, and the city’s next mayor will determine much of the fate of the program.
February 4, 2019
Here’s who Chicago mayoral candidates tap for education policy advice
Some listed insiders from politics and education, while others named scholars, family and friends — or themselves.
Comparing the candidates
January 30, 2019
From prenatal care to vocational education, Chicago’s mayoral candidates differ on how they’d improve outcomes for students of color
The city’s next leader must confront the critical question of how to boost student performance and narrow the racial achievement gap.
Updated January 28, 2019
Who’s best for Chicago schools? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the 2019 mayor’s race
Chicago’s next mayor faces many critical decisions regarding Chicago Public Schools, from charter expansion to schools chief Janice Jackson’s job status.
Chicago mayor's race
January 17, 2019
Students quiz mayoral candidates about schools and police at Whitney Young High School forum
The teenage moderators may have been inexperienced, but they didn't go soft on the 11 Chicago mayoral hopefuls who attended
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