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In her first term as mayor, Lightfoot’s schools agenda to include overhaul of budgets, campus policing
Lightfoot will likely overhaul the way the district gives money to schools, and wants to take a harder look at policing in schools.
May 13, 2019
Pressure mounts on Lori Lightfoot to support elected school board bill
Lightfoot pledged during her campaign to support an elected school board. But she has described the current proposal as "a recipe for disaster and chaos."
April 19, 2019
Dedicated teachers, overflowing bathrooms: What Chicagoans want Lori Lightfoot to know about their schools
If you could tell Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot something about your school, what would it be? When we asked, more than 330 educators,…
April 10, 2019
Lori Lightfoot names four women of color to head education transition team
Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot named the leaders of her education transition team Wednesday — four women of color who have influenced the conversation around…
April 4, 2019
Teachers union warns that bargaining will stall until Lori Lightfoot resolves leadership question
Chicago Teachers Union leaders said contract talks won't gain momentum until Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot decides if she’ll keep Janice Jackson or name a new schools chief.
April 3, 2019
Letters to Lori Lightfoot: Tell Chicago’s mayor-elect about your school
Chalkbeat wants to know: What would you tell the next mayor of Chicago about education in the city?
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 29, 2019
With Toni Preckwinkle trailing in polls, Chicago Teachers Union looks to critical battles ahead
The union is also focusing its energy on battlefronts beyond City Hall — fights that could be critical for its survival and success.
Race for mayor
March 27, 2019
Here’s why Toni Preckwinkle thinks she’s the best mayor for Chicago schools
With less than a week to go before the April 2 mayoral runoff election, Toni Preckwinkle again tried to make the case for why she’s the best choice for school-minded voters.
March 13, 2019
What to do with vacant Chicago schools? Lightfoot suggests mini-police academies for some
The mayoral candidate suggested that some of the vacant campuses shuttered during 2013’s contentious mass closings could be reborn as police training facilities.
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…
March 1, 2019
Survey: What would you ask Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle about Chicago schools?
So far, each candidate has voiced similar responses to prevailing questions about schools. We plan to dig deeper, and we're inviting you to weigh in with this survey.
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…
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