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Recent articles by Cassie:

Everything we know so far about Chicago’s growing strike threat

The players, the policy issues, the potential length: Here's what we know so far about the potential walkout of 25,000 teachers in Chicago. → 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

In area beset by violence and deportations, Chicago opens a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers

Erickson Institute will open a mental health clinic for infants and toddlers in a Chicago neighborhood beset by violence and deportations. → 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

Chicago's public school system is still shrinking, new data shows

Enrollment dropped 2.7 percent, to 361,314 students, from the previous fall, according to a count taken on the 20th day of school. New data was released Friday. → Read More

Three Chicago principals and the war against Fs

Eliminating Ds and Fs has altered student motivations at a Pilsen high school. → Read More

One Chicago counselor's grand experiment: teaching kindness to middle schoolers

"I learned early on that students need to learn how to treat others." → Read More

Are students college ready at your school?

Chicago Public Schools recently celebrated increases in its graduation rates, and it has trumpeted reading and math gains on a big standardized test. But there wasn’t much to celebrate on the district’s latest round of data from the college entrance SAT exam, which officials just announced publicly. A blemish among an otherwise optimistic string of metrics, … → Read More

Meet Colorado’s six finalists for 2019 Teacher of the Year

Six teachers have been chosen as finalists for Colorado’s 2019 Teacher of the Year award, with the winner set to be announced by Nov. 1. → Read More