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Hannah Leone


Chicago, IL, United States

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Past articles by Hannah:

Lincoln Park High School basketball scandal unveiled

Allegations of sexual misconduct on an overnight boys basketball trip sparked multiple investigations, firings and unrest at Lincoln Park High School. → Read More

A strange and challenging year of pandemic learning is almost over as CPS breaks for summer: ‘I don’t take things for granted anymore.’

With the last day of school approaching Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools families reflect on the unprecedented experience of educating through a pandemic. → Read More

Chicago mayor to name as interim CPS chief José Torres, former leader of Illinois Math and Science Academy and Elgin District U-46

Torres replaces Janice Jackson, who is leaving CPS at the end of the month. → Read More

CPS graduates during the pandemic: 5 charts to help understand the trends

How has COVID-19 affected college enrollment/,/ and what makes a student successful on the path to a degree? Two recently published reports by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project get at these questions, providing insights researchers hope can improve college outcomes, particularly among Chicago Public Schools alumni. → Read More

A maze, not a path: For CPS grads, there’s no standard route from high school diploma to college degree. And the pandemic has added many detours.

CPS grads were more likely to transfer from a four-year to two-year school than the reverse. → Read More

Mayor Lightfoot knocks elected school board compromise for Chicago Public Schools as ‘having nothing to do with democracy’ but says it’s ‘not real yet’

The mayor said the bill would bring "the most consequential change" to how CPS is governed. → Read More

CPS to take back ‘turnaround’ schools: Controversial program that saw schools shift to private operators and teachers fired is being dismantled

The turnaround approach "is a relic," one Board of Education member said. → Read More

CPS fall plans: Full-time in-person classes, virtual academy for medically fragile kids — and as many students vaccinated as possible

The CTU president said he's hopeful about the fall but that more students and their parents needs to get shots. → Read More

Calls for an elected school board in Chicago intensify with just days left for action in Springfield this spring

Most debate now is between a fully elected board and a hybrid that would include appointees. → Read More

Don’t require unvaccinated children to attend school in person, Illinois parents tell State Board of Education prior to binding vote

Illinois' education chief said there could be exceptions for individuals students with medical needs. → Read More

Illinois could require schools to teach fully in person this fall, but has not issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate

One school leader said he hopes the state will provide more flexibility on continuing remote learning. → Read More

Departing CPS CEO Janice Jackson has been tied to the district since preschool. Can her replacement succeed without such deep Chicago roots?

“I know what it’s like to go to a school ... where you don’t have everything," Jackson said. → Read More

Full-time in-person school will be default in the fall, departing CPS chief Janice Jackson says: ‘The mayor and I ... pushed hard to get our kids back sooner’

Fewer than 25% of CPS students are currently attending in-person classes. → Read More

CPS CEO Janice Jackson is resigning her post as head of Chicago’s public schools

Jackson led CPS through a teachers strike and then the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Jim Rigg, who is stepping down as superintendent of Chicago’s Catholic schools, tapped for similar job in Miami

Jim Rigg stepping down as superintendent of Chicago’s Catholic schools to take similar job in Miami. → Read More

Chicago school officers won’t be back in CPS buildings this spring as future of police in schools remains in doubt

With limited attendance and less than two months of school left, CPS determined the officers "were not necessary at this time." → Read More

CPS plans for daily in-person classes, a remote learning option and bigger school budgets next fall

Chicago school officials said they'll seek family input to develop fall plans. → Read More

Jitters, excitement and elbow bumps as CPS high schools reopen after 13-month shutdown: ‘This is long overdue — the first day of school in April’

With people getting vaccines and protocols in place, the benefits of returning outweighed the risks, one parent said. → Read More

Hundreds of CPS students and staff are in quarantine, but as high school get set to reopen, COVID-19 cases remain isolated in the district so far

At Lane Tech College Prep alone, 46 people were asked to isolate because of a single case of coronavirus. → Read More

Without a high school vaccine plan, Chicago Teachers Union plans remote work action Wednesday

Chicago Public Schools high school teachers will refuse in person work Wednesday if no COVID-19 vaccine plan is in place. → Read More