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December 21, 2018
Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson on her first year: ‘I don’t make decisions based on fear’
One chilly December evening, Janice Jackson strode purposefully into her corner office at Chicago Public Schools’ downtown headquarters, sat down at a…
December 21, 2018
Here’s what happened in Chicago public education this year
A secret report, a strike, and signs of improvement: Here are the big storylines we covered in 2018.
December 6, 2018
Controversial school inventory report starts to surface in Chicago decision making
The denial might have been the first board decision about a school’s fate explicitly tied to a report that assesses access to quality schools in the city.
December 5, 2018
Parents line up to push back against Chicago’s cold shoulder to charters
Propelled by their fear that the city is turning a cold shoulder to charters, several parents weaved through sign-toting Acero teachers to speak to the school board.
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November 27, 2018
Signaling a city-state thaw, Pritzker names Chicago schools chief to transition team
Pritzker’s appointment of Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson to his education team sets a more collegial tone in the relationship between Chicago and Springfield.
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November 9, 2018
Where Chicago students travel the farthest to school, questions about why residents dodge neighborhood campuses
Local elementary school students commute an average of 2.6 miles, the farthest of any region in the city.
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November 5, 2018
Beyond hiring: The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks
In Chicago, the ranks of black teachers continue to decline, and the percentage of Latino teachers has only increased slightly.
October 31, 2018
Online tool shows who makes the big bucks at Chicago schools
How much is your favorite principal making? It’s possible to find out: An online tool offers…
Updated October 26, 2018
Chicago’s public school system is still shrinking, new data shows
After 15 years of consecutive drops, the number of students enrolled in Chicago’s public schools fell again this year.
October 17, 2018
Emanuel tries to shore up education legacy in final budget address
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel choked up twice during his final budget address to Chicago’s City Council Wednesday morning: once when he talked about…
October 9, 2018
Can a program designed for British diplomats fix Chicago’s schools?
Senn High senior Shrda Shrestha is attending her neighborhood high school in Edgewater against pretty much everybody’s advice. “When I…
October 4, 2018
Chicago schools chief urges principals to apply for enrollment-boosting programs
Schools chief Janice Jackson said Chicago principals have until Oct. 26 to draft letters of intent to apply for sought-after offerings for their…
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September 21, 2018
Hundreds of volunteers and vendors still under review in Chicago schools’ background checks, most teachers cleared
Late Friday afternoon, Chicago schools released the climbing tally of employees who have cleared background checks — although hundreds of coaches, custodians, and…
September 7, 2018
A new school in Bronzeville says a lot about what parents want
The first day of school, Nicole Spicer woke up at 4 a.m., put on a kelly-green blouse that matched her school colors, and…
September 4, 2018
What Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to not seek re-election means for schools
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to drop his reelection bid has serious implications for several big public education initiatives in Chicago and for…
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