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July 9, 2019
How to get more English learners prepared to enter kindergarten? Illinois wrestles with answer.
The state found that only 26% of kindergarteners statewide met requirements to be considered “on track.” For English learners, that proportion dropped to 17%.
June 28, 2019
Chicago will allow students to start kindergarten early, skip grades
The new policy on early entrance to kindergarten will go into effect for the coming school year.
June 25, 2019
In the second year of statewide assessment, three out of four Illinois children still aren’t kindergarten ready
In 2017, Illinois spent an average of $15,337 per student in K-12 but only $3,306 for a child under age 6.
June 24, 2019
After yearlong delay, Chicago’s plan for gifted children heads to new school board
Chicago's new school board will weigh a proposed plan on accelerating children, including allowing early entrance to kindergarten and grade skipping.
May 31, 2019
You don’t have to go to kindergarten in Indiana. But educators say it ‘levels the playing field’
Children in Indiana don't have to go to kindergarten, and it’s only been in recent years that the state has placed more value on this early childhood experience.
January 24, 2019
Kindergarten classes are getting more academic. New research says the kids are all right.
Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be — and that might not be a bad thing.
December 21, 2018
These were our 10 most-read Chicago education stories in 2018
From a principal’s first-person column on personalized learning to a profile of a teen struggling to read, these were our most-read stories of the year.
How I Teach
November 30, 2018
Paper dolls, magic portals, and Twitter: How this rural teacher connects her students to the world
Here, in a feature we call How I Teach, we ask educators who’ve been recognized for their work how they approach their jobs. You can…
Applying to school
September 17, 2018
Chicago schools start taking applications Monday. Here’s what you need to know.
CPS application and testing deadlines are approaching for the 2019-20 school year. Here are the dates and info about enrolling that you need to know.
Getting ready for school
August 16, 2018
Kindergarten ‘boot camp’ aims to ready young Detroit children — and their parents — for school
These young children are getting the extra boost they need before they start their first day of kindergarten through the Detroit school district's new program.
August 13, 2018
Three out of four Illinois kids aren’t ready for kindergarten. Why that’s a problem.
Only 16 percent of low-income students demonstrated kindergarten readiness in Illinois. The three core benchmarks are social emotional learning, literacy, and math.
August 2, 2018
After initial stumbles, Detroit schools’ Parent Academy retools with new schedules and workshops
School officials are hoping to attract more parents by making adjustments to Parent Academy
August 2, 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is on a high-speed timeline for his universal pre-K rollout
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has clearly articulated his vision for a free, universal prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds in Chicago, staging events throughout the…
forward and back
March 22, 2018
Four takeaways from a new report on the status of Colorado’s children
This year’s version of Colorado's KIDS COUNT report touches timely topics ranging from gun control to the state’s school funding formula.
March 21, 2018
‘Trust is being built’ as foundation invests in programs to support Detroit parents and students
The initiative includes a parent academy that will serve 7,000 parents.
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