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Cassie Walker Burke


Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Cassie:

Chicago Public Schools to resume meal distribution after one-day suspension

After suspending its food distribution program Monday in the wake of a weekend of street violence and unrest, Chicago says it will resume providing free, pre-packed breakfasts and lunches at... → Read More

Two new coronavirus cases surface at Chicago schools in advance of Tuesday’s closure

Chicago’s largest charter network, as well as a Southwest Side magnet elementary school, will both close on Monday. → Read More

Schools get only brief spotlight in Illinois governor’s State of the State speech

Wednesday’s remarks did not offer any hints of whether he will commit significantly more in the way of K-12 dollars, increases that public education advocates are eager to see happen. → Read More

Can Chicago design a better school ratings system? Principals, parents, and teachers think so.

Months after it passed changes to the school ratings formula, Chicago's Board of Education is reconsidering the way the city rates schools. → Read More

Pritzker lays out his next steps in rebuilding Illinois’ early education system

The governor's early education agenda is beginning to crystallize, and it will center on expanding home visiting programs statewide and improving pay for educators. → Read More

Four things to know about Chicago Public Schools’ new early childhood committee

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot appointed a new seven-person school board last June, its members have launched a handful of new committees tasked with addressing key education issues facing the city. → Read More

The real enrollment challenge in Chicago: what to do with all those empty school seats

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. → Read More

Chicago aldermen demand more details about $200 million early learning ‘imbroglio’

The council members are asking for a public hearing with Department of Family and Support Services Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler, who reportedly has been meeting privately with small groups of aldermen to hear concerns. → Read More

Here’s why we’re helping launch Civic Exchange, an open government effort in Chicago.

Chalkbeat Chicago is linking arms with seven other media, tech, government, and social service organizations to launch a co-working hub and ideas series called Civic Exchange. → Read More

7 questions for the Chicago commissioner in charge of a game-changing early learning expansion

"It’s not an us-versus-CPS thing. We are really partnering with them closely." → Read More

On wishlists for the new school year in Chicago: Better grades, better lunches, safe schools

What's your hope for the school year? We asked parents, teachers, and students across several neighborhoods to weigh in. Common themes included better grades, more experiences like music classes and field trips, and safe schools. → Read More

No worksheets here: This Chicago kindergarten teacher wants to bring play back to classrooms

“A lot of times when people think about early childhood, they have this idea that kids are playing and teachers are sitting back with their feet up. But that’s not at all what happens." → Read More

A law made it harder to expel Illinois preschoolers. But research shows it's still happening.

Across the United States, an estimated 17,000 children ages 3 and 4 are expelled from preschools each year and that can set off a domino effect of negative interactions between schools and families, → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot appoints parents, former grads, educators for new Chicago school board

The new board includes people with deep experience in Chicago schools, from former graduates to a principal to parent and community advocates. → Read More

Chicago mayor's contest: Lightfoot, Preckwinkle and Daley vying for top two spots

Chicago’s crowded mayor’s race is headed toward a runoff, with early returns showing former prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley vying for the top two berths that will propel them into the finals. Initial returns showed Lightfoot, who → Read More

Want to improve schools? Chicago students have messages for the city's next mayor

Chalkbeat Chicago asked students to tell us ways that City Hall could work to improve conditions on the ground at the district’s 600-plus schools. Here's what they said. → Read More

Watch a high schooler's fiery speech about reading more black and brown authors

Ivery Marquez is a senior at Friedrich Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center who is passionate about seeing more black and brown authors such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alice Walker on her reading list. → Read More

Digital breach puts Chicago educators' personal info at risk

A disgruntled former staffer stole data files that contained the personal information of Chicago Public Schools employees, the district said in an email to educators today. → Read More

Care about education? A Chalkbeat voter guide to the Illinois governor’s race

Here are the candidates' positions on everything from boosting the state’s profile in early childhood education to stemming the exodus of undergraduates from Illinois. → Read More

Is your school one of Chicago's highest rated? Find new scores here.

Use the database below to look up your school and see the 2018-2019 rating, plus how many points it scored in district's ratings system. → Read More