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Free backpacks, immunizations: Here’s the list of Chicago ‘back-to-school bashes’ full of free stuff
The events kick off July 30 and run through August.
1 day ago
No more ‘sink-or-swim’ for new teachers
Week in review Beyond closings: What are the alternatives to closing under-enrolled schools? With some neighborhood campuses facing student declines, two advocacy groups…
July 15, 2019
Chicago’s early learning chief stepping down as universal pre-K plan enters second year
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a vacancy to fill at a critical juncture of Chicago's universal pre-K rollout.
June 24, 2019
After yearlong delay, Chicago’s plan for gifted children heads to new school board
Chicago's new school board will weigh a proposed plan on accelerating children, including allowing early entrance to kindergarten and grade skipping.
June 21, 2019
What happened in a high-stakes Chicago school merger
Week in review Rebuilding child care’s safety net: One of the tasks facing Gov. J.B. Pritzker is how to start stitching together an…
June 18, 2019
lllinois weighs how to rebuild child care program that saw exodus of children, caregivers
Illinois plans to embark on a marketing campaign to woo more families into its child care assistance program — and, in some cases, lure back providers who dropped out.
June 14, 2019
Undocumented, yet undeterred | Chalkbeat CHI’s first birthday
The week in review City Council looks toward schools: The new chair of the Chicago City Council’s education committee, Michael Scott Jr., told…
June 12, 2019
A law made it harder to expel Illinois preschoolers. But it’s been slow to catch on.
A third of providers interviewed for a new study reported inaccurate information about Illinois' law. Nearly 20% said they didn’t know the law existed.
June 7, 2019
The shifting tone on Chicago school governance, Pritzker’s capital plan
The week in review Schools see capital bill windfall: The state’s new capital plan lays out $415 million in all for maintenance, repairs,…
June 6, 2019
Nearly 40 Chicago schools, including charters, to get building boost from state capital plan
The capital bill lays out $415 million in all for maintenance, repairs, and upgrades to K-12 schools and another $111 million for early education facilities.
June 3, 2019
Meet Chicago’s new school board
June 3, 2019
Mayor Lori Lightfoot appoints parents, former grads, educators for new Chicago school board
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new seven-person school board on Monday that includes people with deep experience in Chicago schools.
May 31, 2019
‘I don’t understand how it works’: Parents voice frustration during decision week for Chicago preschool
Over the course of a 1½-hour meeting Thursday, emotions ran high as parents described frustration at the system, particularly the central application.
May 31, 2019
Chicago Public Schools will lay off 220 teachers, nearly 500 support personnel
The job cuts affected about a quarter of the city’s schools, according to the district.
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May 30, 2019
Here are 12 things Chicago parents want to know about universal pre-K
Parents asked — and we answered — questions about enrollment, curricula, half-day programs, naps, and more.
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