Lori Lightfoot

Vaccine mandates, greener schools, mental health supports are among Chicago teachers union recommendations
Chicago district leaders will face staffing shortages, bus issues, and pandemic-related academic and mental health shortfalls in another high-stakes year.
Joyce Chapman will fill the long-standing vacancy and complete the Chicago school board. She will serve starting June 1 through June 30, 2023.
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.
A temporary return to remote learning, a metric to close schools, and COVID testing protocols are among the sticking points in the standoff.
Under the teachers union’s latest proposal, remote learning would start Wednesday and students could return to buildings as soon as Jan. 18.
Illinois Black and Latino parents have to deal with lack of access to health care providers and misinformation leading to vaccine hesitancy.
Six things to know about the former Chicago Public Schools grad who will take the reins of the district later this month.
Martinez recently made news when he issued a mask mandate and a staff vaccination mandate, defying Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.
The mayor wants an extension for a critical line of Head Start funding that the federal government intends to steer away from city and toward nonprofit organizations.
Chicago mayor has found a legislative backer, Kimberly Lightford, for her proposal to create an elected-appointed school board
The mayor said that data from Catholic and private schools show that schools are not a source of spread.
Among the changes: Pulling out computer terminals that connected schools to the police department’s centralized criminal databases.
New data shows what CPS’ contract with police calls for — a full year’s salary and benefits for 10 months of work.
The union also released a report calling for nearly 50 safety protocols before returning to in-person learning.
Advocates insist that budget reform efforts could still lead to important changes, and that the need for equitable funding is all the more urgent.
Graduating seniors throughout Chicago will be honored by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first virtual graduation ceremony on June 14 at 1 p.m.
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As the number of the new coronavirus cases worldwide continues to rise, we are monitoring the impact on Chicago schools and their families and will post updates here. Illinois is one of 35 states with confirmed cases,
Parents have wanted to know everything from how concerned they should be about their children’s possible coronavirus exposure to where they can take kids as a statewide closure begins Tuesday.
Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s mayor, said she is assessing and reassessing the situation multiple times a day, but closing schools has “cascading consequences.”
About 30 people, mostly students, rallied outside the mayor’s office on City Hall’s fifth floor. They urged Lightfoot to follow through on her campaign promise to reopen the environment department, which former Mayor Rahm Emanuel eliminated in 2012.
Backers of a bill that would establish a 21-member Chicago school board say they are building momentum again, this time in the Illinois Senate. If the bill passes the legislature, Chicago could hold school board elections starting in 2023.
Members of Lincoln Park High School’s governing body say they want to meet with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and schools chief Janice Jackson in an effort to reinstate their campus administration.
Whether you’re just catching up, or you’re curious about big picture implications, here are six questions to consider as the investigation unfolds.
Neither Mayor Lori Lightfoot nor district leaders seems ready to take on the tough topic of underenrollment, even though propping up struggling schools drains others and deprives some students of rich course offerings and opportunities.
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