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September 11, 2019
Chicago schools chief asks Congress for more federal help to address childhood trauma
The hearing focused on practices that educators are using to support students affected by gun violence and other traumatic experiences.
Community & Wraparound Programs
August 29, 2019
‘I’m not satisfied.’ Chicago schools chief touts academic gains, but aims to do better for black and brown boys
"We need to see exponential growth," said Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson.
August 16, 2019
‘Will we rise to the occasion?’ Mayor Lori Lightfoot issues a challenge to Chicago school administrators two weeks from start of school.
Friday’s event put her on stage in front of the school leaders charged with leading Chicago’s more than 600 schools.
August 8, 2019
Chicago to spend $820 million on fixing up schools. Is yours on the list?
Chicago plans to spend $820 million next year fixing up 300 of its schools and building more pre-K classrooms.
July 31, 2019
Scenes from Chicago Public Schools’ first back-to-school bash full of free stuff
More than 700 families celebrated the start of school Tuesday afternoon with free food, games, music, backpacks full of school supplies, and even immunizations.
Curriculum and instruction
July 30, 2019
Room at the top: Chicago schools chief looks to fill leadership vacancies
Chicago Public Schools seeks critical additions to its senior leadership team.
History of racism
July 29, 2019
Chicago teachers to receive classroom guide to 1919 race riots by fall
Mayor Lori Lightfoot emphasized the importance of educating Chicago’s students about the city’s “painful history with racism.”
June 26, 2019
Chicago school board approves new school ratings scale despite complaints and confusion
Board members complained that they hadn’t known about the need for approving a new formula and felt pressed toward a decision.
June 6, 2019
Chicago schools equity chief promises new decision-making tool this summer
The former Tilden High School principal said that his office plans to begin showing its work sometime in the next few months.
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.
Leadership & Management
March 26, 2019
One week before Chicago mayoral election, schools chief outlines five-year vision
Chicago school leaders unveiled their five-year vision for the district on Tuesday with a focus on continuing academic gains and financial stability,…
Updated March 19, 2019
These 32 Chicago schools to split $32 million for new STEM, arts, and International Baccalaureate programs
In an effort to make its neighborhood more attractive, Chicago will spend $32 million on expanding sought-after programs such as International Baccalaureate and STEM.
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.
Seen and heard
March 6, 2019
After visiting a Chicago high school, Bill Gates says it’s a model for his current education vision
The Microsoft founder called attention to North-Grand High School's use of the “Freshmen On-Track” metric, which has became a citywide measure of school success.
Politics & Policy
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…
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