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April 8, 2019
Three things you need to know about Chicago’s new student portal, coming after spring break
When students and teachers come back from spring break this month, they will see one big change, but it won’t be visible in…
November 6, 2018
It’s hard to leave the school you love. But sometimes, it’s necessary.
I’m a parent and a person who watches schools for a living. This guarantees I’m a fussy school-shopper. In kindergarten, we tried three…
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…
Race to Reading
August 28, 2018
With Michigan’s third-grade reading law looming, parents fear majority of Detroit youth will be held back
Educators and advocates are warning that too many parents don’t know their children can be held back in third grade if they can't read, because of a new law.
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…
July 16, 2018
Tell us your stories about children with special needs in Detroit
Chalkbeat Detroit is teaming up with the Detroit Parent Network to hear your special needs stories
Who's In Charge
July 5, 2018
New Local School Council members face challenging first task: filling council vacancies
When Englewood community organizer Erica Nanton was out of a job and struggling a few months ago, she didn’t think she would…
June 20, 2018
Some see a victory in Denver pausing its school closure policy, others a ‘slap in the face’
“We know this is not a result of DPS coming to some enlightened position around school closures. We know this is directly related to communities organizing.”
August 24, 2017
To keep Indianapolis high schools from closing, advocates encourage Northwest parents to tell school board: “Don’t sell off our district”
“We need you to start fighting for your young people,” Carrie Harris, an alumna of Crispus Attucks, told parents at Northwest on Wednesday night.
Updated February 4, 2016
House passes bill giving parents time off for school meetings
The House has given final 35-30 approval to a bill intended to give parents the right to take time off from work for parent-teacher conferences and some other meetings.
May 13, 2015
After city outreach, more parents participate in education council elections
The number of parents who voted or ran in this year’s elections for local and citywide education advisory board seats surged this year following an outreach campaign.
April 13, 2015
Proposal would let pre-K parents join local education councils
The change would let pre-K parents apply for spots on the city's 32 district Community Education Councils, which are currently open to K-8 parents.
March 2, 2015
Parent time-off bill starts down rocky and familiar road
The House Education Committee Monday passed a bill that expands and extends a current law allowing parents unpaid time off from work for some school activities.
November 16, 2014
Testing foes call for change after film's premiere
After viewing a film critical of testing, Indianapolis parents who have organized into an advocacy group argued parents in the city should opt not to permit their children to take the many standardized tests given at school. The film, called "Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights,” was produced by a former Pennsylvania teacher named Daniel Hornberger and argues increasing use of tests has narrowed the curriculum and made school less enjoyable for students and teachers.
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