Chicago learning and inequity

School-level data from the 2023 Illinois Assessment for Readiness shows many schools have not returned to pre-pandemic levels of students meeting standards in reading and math.
Families use the application for entry to a variety of schools, including selective test-in schools and neighborhood schools outside of their attendance boundaries.
The shift raises questions about who schools are serving, how they should be resourced, and what the district — and the city — can do as it continues to lose students.
In a Wednesday letter, the advocates asked the mayor’s office to do an open call for members, increase transparency around the qualifications for selection, and outline the administration’s goals for the composition of the school board.
The district has fielded concerns about Skyline’s online platform and profusion of materials.
School social worker Mary Difino wears many hats to meet persistent behavioral concerns and support students’ needs as Chicago recovers from COVID-related disruptions.
Healing Through Justice, a partnership between Communities United and Lurie Children’s Hospital, uses activism to heal trauma and will now be able to help 3,000 more young people.
A Chicago food bank is partnering with organizations such as Lakeside Square Apartments during the summer to feed children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch.
Under the suggested changes, the district could remove a ranking system that awards 30% seats to the highest scoring students, potentially opening up more seats for low-income students.
Despite providing services for 715 students with disabilities since the last board meeting, CPS still has more than 1,000 general education students without reliable transportation to school.
The district, under a resolution, would temporarily waive its magnet and selective enrollment transportation policy to meet state requirements for diverse learners and students with temporary housing no later than March 7.
Some students said they have endured racial slurs from other students, while others alleged being targeted by some teachers who have kicked them out of class or called security on them.
Hector Rodriguez discusses return to school, the importance of being a teacher of color, and learning to seize the moment.
The district said efforts are ongoing to put federal funds toward unfinished learning and supporting students’ social and emotional needs.
The neighborhood where students live — not just where they go to high school — plays a major role in whether they complete a college degree.
Chicago Public Schools will spend $7.5 million for an anti-violence program to reach teens in “high-risk situations.”
Chalkbeat Chicago reporter Mauricio Pena on how he hopes to better understand how remote learning has impacted English language learners amid the coronavirus.
Some schools and nonprofits are stepping up a push to better support male Black and Latino students — and enlisting them to lead the charge.
The pandemic year has uprooted support for students with disabilities in Chicago and nationwide, creating a backlog of old IEPs that could lead to widening academic gaps for students in need of special education services.
This pandemic school year has hit Black and Latino boys harder than other students, testing them and the education systems that have often failed many of them.
Three years in the making, the Skyline project was previewed as the top leadership team exits the district.
The next 24 hours will be closely watched in Chicago as a union-imposed deadline nears.
High school educators could revert to teaching remotely Wednesday if a reopening agreement remains out of reach, the union said.
The effort would address concerns over school disruptions caused by the pandemic.
That effort is part of a broader public health strategy the district is implementing now that schools are open.
Este esfuerzo es parte de una estrategia de salud pública más amplia que el distrito está implementando ahora que las escuelas están abiertas.
Chicago teachers, parents talk about returning to schools with temperature checks, classroom pods, health screeners — and a union-district standoff
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