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Comparing the candidates
January 30, 2019
From prenatal care to vocational education, Chicago’s mayoral candidates differ on how they’d improve outcomes for students of color
The city’s next leader must confront the critical question of how to boost student performance and narrow the racial achievement gap.
Updated January 28, 2019
Who’s best for Chicago schools? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the 2019 mayor’s race
Chicago’s next mayor faces many critical decisions regarding Chicago Public Schools, from charter expansion to schools chief Janice Jackson’s job status.
Annual Regional Analysis
November 28, 2018
Six chances left to attend meetings on controversial school inventory report
Here’s a list of presentations to come, and a preview of the issues facing communities where the meetings are scheduled.
By the numbers
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.
on the ground
November 2, 2018
At one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage
For the principal of Back of the Yards, recruiting native Spanish speaking educators is an essential ingredient in plans to build a dual language program.
September 24, 2018
With Earth, Wind and Fire tune, Chicago’s first chief equity officer announces new job
Principal of South Side school takes new job to oversee efforts to narrow gaps in achievement, hiring, contracting and allocating resources.
By the numbers
September 21, 2018
5 tough questions a new report puts front-and-center for Chicago’s next mayor
Faced with an alarming report that lays bare shrinking enrollment and racial inequity, Chicago Public Schools must wrestle with some tough decisions.
August 21, 2018
Chicago schools want to delay plan for tackling the gifted gap
Chicago Public Schools wants to delay for a year a plan to make gifted services available to more children outside of selected enrollment,…
August 20, 2018
4 ways to give people of color more voice in Chicago schools
The teachers, parents, and community members gathered in the library of National Teachers Academy quickly zeroed in on a common issue their schools…
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
outside the box
August 14, 2018
How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys
Test scores were rising at Fuller Elementary School when Marilyn McCottrell took over in 2016. Yet troubling trends loomed behind the numbers.
July 27, 2018
School budget protests, advice for new equity office, and cursive’s comeback
We’re Cassie Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel, and intern Elaine Chen. We round up Chicago public education news here every week. Please send any tips,…
Race and equity
July 24, 2018
Here’s some advice for CPS’ future Chief Equity Officer in year one
When a small group of central office staff met earlier this year at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to discuss a grant, the conversation…
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