The Comeback

The fight to rebuild school communities after two years of pandemic-era uncertainty.

Many schools saw an uptick in ninth graders repeating the grade this year. Now educators are trying to step in sooner to help struggling freshmen.
Some Chicago schools canceled prom last year or hosted smaller events with COVID restrictions. This spring, prom is back with a vengeance.
The district will spend COVID relief funds to rebuild five schools, renovate buildings and reopen previously closed school buildings.
School districts across the nation have reported rising chronic absenteeism this school year, as in-person schooling resumed for the first time in over a year during the pandemic.
But the district is leaving the details to schools, and not all students are getting help.
The daily reality for teachers has shifted during the pandemic. Chalkbeat wants to hear your stories.
Advocates and parents have raised concerns about curriculum, support for English language learners, and meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
Schools are rearranging furniture, trying new activities, and offering teachers training on ways they can add more speaking practice into their lessons.
District CEO Pedro Martinez said the pushback reflects incomplete information. One board member laid that issue at his feet.
Lawmakers propose waivers on third-grade reading law, teacher evaluation formula
Group finds 20% of elementary school children don’t get enough play time
One of the largest pushes this year went toward expanding free child care. The city’s public schools will receive just over $12 billion in state funding.
In an exclusive interview with Chalkbeat, Joris Ray discusses how he has managed to stay positive amid turmoil
Schools have a lot of flexibility in using the influx of federal money — and just a few years to spend it.
The district is cutting about 40% of its school budgets, citing steep enrollment declines. Some advocates question the timing.
Illinois school districts are adjusting summer lunch programs as federal waivers are set to expire June 30. These waivers allowed districts to give meals to more students over the last couple of years.
Mid-year data underscores “the magnitude of the losses” for student learning
Our newsroom has worked with several dedicated photographers to document these times. These journalists have given us a bird’s eye view of what we otherwise couldn’t see — the lived experiences of school communities that we cover.
Schools and states have faced hiring and scheduling challenges as they launch large-scale tutoring initiatives.
You’re invited to join the conversation with students and educators on March 31.
Schools are teetering between optimism and exhaustion two years into the pandemic.
This school year was supposed to be a time to reinvent public education for students at Richards Career Academy and beyond. It hasn’t happened yet.
Chalkbeat Detroit, Bridge Michigan, and The Detroit Free Press held a discussion Wednesday to discuss how schools can support students with mental health needs.
Denver Public Schools is spending $8 million of its federal coronavirus relief funds this year and next year to fill gaps in school budgets caused by lower student counts.
The money has also covered a slew of intervention and other supports, but data on that spending is not yet available.
Teacher turnover rates are near pre-pandemic levels. Still, there are worrying signs.
The largest chunk — about $1.9 billion — will be for an expansion of the city’s pre-K program for 3-year-olds over the next several years.
I’m a high school sophomore. The transition back to in-person schooling has been harder than I expected.
“We shouldn’t be judging, we shouldn’t be mean, and we shouldn’t be acting out of fear,” one assistant principal told students.
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