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May 22, 2019
Chicago to shelve free pre-K at popular Lincoln Park magnet school
Trimming back a yearslong benefit for families in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, the Chicago school district has proposed charging parents nearly $14,000 a year.
to the races
Updated May 15, 2019
As de Blasio weighs a presidential run, will his New York City education record be an asset or liability?
Though his frequent trips have drawn scorn locally his education agenda could resonate nationally.
April 22, 2019
Chicago will start taking universal pre-K applications on April 30
Even as universal pre-K expands the number of free seats, Chicago families still encounter a complex menu of options depending on where they live.
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April 9, 2019
Watch: We asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about schools in Michigan. Here’s what she said.
In future years, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she’d like to see a more substantial overhaul to the way Michigan schools are funded.
April 5, 2019
As New York City pre-K teachers weigh a strike, new estimate puts cost of pay boost at $438 million
With a potential strike looming, the first estimate for what it would cost to boost salaries for pre-K teachers who work in community…
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March 28, 2019
These Chicago neighborhoods will see the biggest preschool investments next year
Public schools in Austin, Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and South Lawndale will see the biggest preschool investment next fall, according to a new report.
March 22, 2019
Big day for preschool: Illinois governor says state universal pre-K coming in 4 years; Chicago invests $77 million in early learning
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he expects Illinois would have universal preschool for 4-year-olds in 4 years. Next year, Chicago will add more than 100 pre-kindergarten classes
who's the boss?
March 15, 2019
Parents, advocates, and some state senators weigh limits to mayoral control of New York City schools
Senators and the public floated specific changes to how schools are governed, including giving City Council more oversight.
March 13, 2019
Some New York City pre-K teachers mull a strike as de Blasio weighs presidential run
A union representing thousands of New York City prekindergarten teachers is laying the groundwork for a strike, casting a shadow on one of Mayor Bill…
Politics & Policy
March 13, 2019
Alleged $2 million tuition fraud raises questions about how Chicago manages preschool
A new report says that Chicago forfeited $2 million in tuition-based preschool payments from hundreds of parents because of tuition fraud and mismanagement.
February 8, 2019
Rise & Shine: The debate over how to spend millions of new dollars for Michigan’s youngest children
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your…
February 7, 2019
Universal pre-K for Detroit? Affordable child care? How Michigan could spend new federal funds
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan quickly identified that money as a way to pay for the universal pre-K system he envisions for Detroit but other advocates say the money should be used to help parents afford child care so they can work or go to school.
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February 6, 2019
Why Rahm Emanuel’s rollout of universal pre-K has Chicago preschool providers worried
Rahm Emanuel’s big-budget, top-down expansion of public preschool has provoked high anxiety among community providers.
January 16, 2019
State school board asks new Illinois governor to quintuple early childhood spending
The state board of education is putting Illinois’ new governor to the test with a $2.4 billion-plus request to fund a universal preschool system for 3- and 4-year-olds.
January 4, 2019
Amid questions over new transit program, de Blasio downplays challenges of rolling out universal pre-K
De Blasio appeared to downplay universal pre-K as he faced questions about why the rollout of a new low-income transit program won’t be immediately accessible to every low-income New Yorker.
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