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10 things to watch as a teachers strike begins in Chicago
Now that a strike is all but assured, attention is turning to the 300,000-some students whose teachers and support staff will be walking out of schools.
October 11, 2019
With less than a week before strike, Chicago sweetens offer to teachers; union calls it ‘insulting’
Seeking to avoid a strike less than six months into her term, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she had sweetened the city’s offer to teachers.
Updated October 10, 2019
Parents asked and we answered: A brief history of strike lengths
Can students go to school buildings during the strike? We've got your answers to this question and more.
October 7, 2019
With one week before strike, Chicago mayor says union not acting ‘urgently’ on proposals
Separately, union officials maintained their criticism of the city for bargaining on only pay and health benefits.
Updated September 26, 2019
Chicago teachers vote by wide margin to move toward strike
Chicago teachers voted to authorize a strike, setting the stage for a walkout less than six months into Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s term.
September 17, 2019
Here’s why we’re helping launch Civic Exchange, an open government effort in Chicago.
We’re linking arms with seven other media, tech, government, and social service organizations to launch a co-working hub and event series called Civic Exchange.
Asked and answered
September 6, 2019
7 questions for the Chicago commissioner in charge of a game-changing early learning expansion
"It’s not an us-versus-CPS thing. We are really partnering with them closely."
first day of school
September 3, 2019
From Englewood to Old Town, Chicago mayor’s first-day tour of schools spotlights her priorities
Together, Lightfoot's three first-day-of-school stops highlighted her education priorities.
New school on the block
September 1, 2019
With opening of new $85 million Englewood high school, hope amid decades of disappointment
The new high school heralds a shifting approach as Chicago Public Schools student population has plummeted.
How I Teach
August 16, 2019
No worksheets here: This Chicago kindergarten teacher wants to bring play back to classrooms
The misconception that play cannot be rigorous and meaningful robs students of their opportunity to learn in a developmentally appropriate manner.
July 15, 2019
Chicago’s early learning chief stepping down as universal pre-K plan enters second year
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a vacancy to fill at a critical juncture of Chicago's universal pre-K rollout.
A year in review
June 21, 2019
Lessons from a Chicago school merger: Race, resilience, and an end-of-the-year resignation
Students on Chicago’s Near North Side lived through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schools into one.
May 31, 2019
‘I don’t understand how it works’: Parents voice frustration during decision week for Chicago preschool
Over the course of a 1½-hour meeting Thursday, emotions ran high as parents described frustration at the system, particularly the central application.
May 21, 2019
Lori Lightfoot makes it official: She’s keeping Janice Jackson as Chicago schools chief
Following weeks of speculation, Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she’ll retain homegrown schools chief Janice Jackson in the Chicago Public Schools top job.
May 15, 2019
Sor Juana parents fight for promised classical program after Chicago district’s about-face
Inconsistent messaging from Chicago Public Schools at the end of the year may have left some families in the lurch.
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