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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."
September 5, 2019
‘Something has gone wrong’: Providers sound alarm over Chicago’s $200 million award for early learning
Advocates said they would like the city to be more transparent about how it determined winners and losers in a high-stakes grant competition.
August 29, 2019
Five things to know about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s teachers contract offer
Here are five things to know about Lightfoot’s offer and the future of the contract talks.
Updated August 26, 2019
Chicago teachers union rejects neutral fact-finder’s report, setting countdown to strike
The action starts a countdown toward a Sept. 26 strike, the earliest possible date teachers could legally walk out.
August 20, 2019
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has trusted this deputy to oversee schools. What’s her plan?
Most of Madison’s role so far has played out behind the scenes.
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.
August 8, 2019
I was the nurse for five Chicago schools last year. The district desperately needs more of us.
As a CPS nurse, I know firsthand that Chicago needs a nurse in every school, every day.
July 30, 2019
Lightfoot promises hundreds of new school support jobs, but few specifics on how to fund them
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot offered the most detailed look yet at her education agenda on Tuesday.
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.”
July 12, 2019
Union puts forward contract proposal for thousands of new teaching and support staff, at a cost of $880 million
The union is asking the district to hire nearly 5,000 additional teachers.
Setting a deadline
Updated July 12, 2019
With new video and deadline, the Chicago Teachers Union expresses urgency for a deal
The union warned of a strike when school begins this fall if the city does not meet its demands.
June 28, 2019
Biden defends record on busing at Chicago’s Rainbow PUSH convention
The former vice president advocated tripling federal funds awarded schools serving poor children, raising teacher salaries and making pre-kindergarten mandatory.
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.
June 3, 2019
Lightfoot: New Chicago school board will stop making so many decisions behind closed doors
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised Monday to change how the Board of Education does business.
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