Chicago Public Schools

Chicago music teacher Trevor Nicholas is inspiring his students to live out their dreams after a tumultuous few years from the COVID pandemic.
The Board of Ethics has previously warned elected officials and campaigns to scrub their listserv of any government emails.
Chicago and other districts are adopting a University of Chicago questionnaire that asks students about learning conditions in their classrooms.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot disputed claims that her office interfered with plans to extend the city’s more generous parental leave policy to school employees.
Chicago Public Schools will host the first of three public meetings at 6 p.m. Jan. 19. Residents are invited to weigh in on the plan to build a new high school on vacant land at 26th and State streets, where the Harold L. Ickes Homes once stood.
Mayor says outreach to to educators at Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges was an “honest mistake” by a staffer.
The move may violate city and district ethics rules surrounding political activity and official business.
The candidates have varying connections to the city’s schools and young people. Chalkbeat Chicago is summing up what they’ve done and is asking readers what questions we should ask them.
A bill that will give Chicago principals and assistant principals collective bargaining rights passed the state Senate 45-7, and heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
The Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol inspired Anne-Michele Boyle to step up her media literacy curriculum.
The school district says it’s taking the time it needs to get an updated parental leave policy right.
In 2022, investigators found dozens of instances of sexual misconduct and abuse, schools mislabeling truants as transfers, a surge in overtime payments, and an end to automatic JROTC enrollment.
District leaders are urging families to get vaccinated, but the school system isn’t keeping tabs on how many students are receiving COVID boosters.
It’s been a tumultuous and uncertain year for public schools in Chicago and Illinois. But there have also been moments of joy and resilience. Chalkbeat Chicago reporters documented it all. Here are a dozen of the top stories of 2022.
On Monday, Benito Juarez students and staff returned to class after the fatal shooting of Brandon Perez and Nathan Billegas outside of school. Students led a walkout and march to protest gun violence and to honor both student victims.
With cases of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory viruses on the rise, Chicago’s top doctor Allison Arwady and schools chief Pedro Martinez are encouraging students to stay vigilant during the holiday break.
District leaders and police officers are investigating the shooting that happened during dismissal Friday. Chicago Public Schools plans to dispatch crisis counselors on Monday to students and staff.
Chicago Public Schools will use the money to buy land and swap property with Chicago Housing Authority to make way for the new campus.
Chicago Public Schools gets initial OK for city money to buy parcels, swap land with Chicago Housing Authority to make way for a new Near South high school.
School social worker Mary Difino wears many hats to meet persistent behavioral concerns and support students’ needs as Chicago recovers from COVID-related disruptions.
CEO Pedro Martinez, who started last September, has led the district through a tumultuous return to in-person learning that included a rocky COVID-19 testing roll out and showdown with the teachers union.
If we don’t face and accept our current reality, it will be hard for us to change it.
Local and national reading advocates speak about the need to help students read by using evidence-based reading strategies to get students on track early.
Applications for next school year are due Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. Students can apply for magnet, gifted, selective enrollment, charter, and neighborhood schools through the GoCPS portal. Offers will be made in the spring.
Early childhood education advocates have long argued that low wages prevent child care centers from retaining employees for a long time. A new study finds a gap in wages between early childhood teachers and teachers in kindergarten despite having the same degree.
District officials say the effort is a key tool to prevent violence and self-harm, but some advocates are skeptical.
Every Thursday at Infinity Math, Science & Technology High School, juniors volunteer to help underclassmen catch up.
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