Photo: Adeshina Emmanuel, Chalkbeat

Photo: Adeshina Emmanuel

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Chicago, IL, United States

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  • Columbia Journalism Review
  • Chicago Reader
  • ATTN:
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Past articles by Adeshina:

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

5 big questions for Mayor Lori Lightfoot about Chicago school funding reform

Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised to reconsider how Chicago funds schools and explore ways to spend more on students with the most need. But that raises plenty of questions about how Chicago Public Schools will prioritize spending to be more equitable at the nation's third-largest school district. → Read More

Lessons from a Chicago school merger: Race, resilience, and an end-of-the-year resignation

Students on Chicago’s Near North Side lived through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schools — racially, economically, and culturally distinct — into one. → Read More

Lightfoot: New Chicago school board will stop making so many decisions behind closed doors

“The majority of the work that the school board does is going to have to be in the public,” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “The days where everything was done in executive session, and then they come out and take a vote, that’s over.” → 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's shrinking public schools Hirsch and Uplift receive equity grants. Is it enough?

Despite "equity grants" to underenrolled campuses, small schools still puzzle over the quandary of how to deploy limited resources to attract more students and halt a downward slide that has landed shrinking schools on the chopping block. And they aren't just waiting on the school district to save them. → Read More

How to get teens to talk about tough topics? Start a student podcast.

The Hancock podcast club set out to teach members technical skills, and along the way address issues important to teens. But first, the students had to face the precise challenge that they sought to cover. → Read More

How to get teens to talk about tough topics? Start a student podcast.

The Hancock podcast club set out to teach members technical skills, and along the way address issues important to teens. But first, the students had to face the precise challenge that they sought to cover. → 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

How it feels to be Javion: 16 and struggling to read in Chicago

How Javion became a high school student reading at the second-grade level is impossible to say for sure. But multiple forces played a role. → Read More

How it feels to be Javion: 16 and struggling to read in Chicago

He's a soft-spoken teenager who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. With a second-grade reading level, he risks becoming a terrible statistic. → Read More

Noble schools navigate uncertainty amid CEO scandal, new political climate

We’re Cassie Walker Burke, Adeshina Emmanuel and Yana Kunichoff, and we round up Chicago education news every week — just for you. → Read More

How diverse are the teachers in your Illinois school district? Find out here.

Chalkbeat Chicago compiled demographic data on teachers across Illinois, where about half of all public school students is a person of color but four in five teachers is white. → Read More

Online tool shows who makes the big bucks at Chicago schools

An online tool offers a look at the paychecks brought home by staff, educators and leadership at Chicago Public Schools. → Read More

Chicago releases school ratings: Fewer make the top tiers

Chicago has 13 fewer top-rated schools than it did the year before, according to new data the school district released Friday. But the number of low performers stayed about the same. → Read More

Coming soon: Not one, but two ratings for every Chicago school

Starting this month, Chicago schools will have to juggle two ratings — one from the school district, and another from the state. → Read More

Chicago Schools sets community meetings on controversial school inventory report

Chicago Public Schools is hosting a dozen workshops for community members focused on a controversial report about local schools that offers an unprecedented window into the assets — and problems — in certain neighborhoods. → Read More

Chicago schools want to delay plan for tackling the gifted gap

The school board is holding a hearing on a request for a one-year extension to comply with a new Illinois law that compels school districts to better accommodate gifted children. The law says district approaches should be “fair and equitable,” but in Chicago and Illinois, gifted services have been anything but. → Read More

Neighbors at odds heading into Near South High School hearing

The boundary change is welcome news to one community. But parents of a popular elementary school that will be displaced in the process are suing to stop the project. → Read More

Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that.

We know trauma affects kids. But how do we teach educators to confront it? That's where Dr. Colleen Cicchette comes in. → Read More