Kalyn Belsha, Chalkbeat

Kalyn Belsha

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Chicago, IL, United States

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  • Chalkbeat
Past:
  • The Chicago Reporter

Recent articles by Kalyn:

Summit Learning emphasizes role mentors play amid ed tech pushback

Mentoring is increasingly at the heart of Summit Learning’s public pitch as it tries to make its way into more schools amid skepticism about students’ screen time and pushback in schools where some say the program relies too heavily on computers. → Read More

The Trump administration wants to cut federal education spending — including money for charter schools

Still, the administration re-upped its proposal to create a $5 billion tax credit program to fund stipends for private school tuition and other education expenses. → Read More

Bernie Sanders courted the Chicago teachers union endorsement. Here’s why it didn’t happen.

Many union members remained in the Warren camp, and some felt discomfort with potentially endorsing a candidate who might not earn the AFT’s endorsement later. → Read More

Here’s how some big names in education are spending in the 2020 presidential race

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan is a Joe Biden donor. Bill and Melinda Gates jumped in early for Sen. Cory Booker, but haven’t donated to anyone since. → Read More

More charter operators are offering a plan B to alumni who drop out of traditional college. Will it work?

As charter operators have gotten more low-income students of color to college, some are realizing they need to do more to help alumni who've dropped out. Now, some are partnering with Southern New Hampshire University to get their graduates online degrees. → Read More

More charter operators are offering a plan B to alumni who drop out of traditional college. Will it work?

As charter operators have gotten more low-income students of color to college, some are realizing they need to do more to help alumni who've dropped out. Now, some are partnering with Southern New Hampshire University to get their graduates online degrees. → Read More

6 notable moments from Saturday’s Democratic education forum

Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls tried to distinguish themselves — though they generally made similar promises. → Read More

Dozens of school districts applied to an Obama-era integration program before Trump officials axed it. Since then, many plans have gone nowhere.

Dozens of school districts wanted to be part of an Obama-era grant program to fund school integration. Without federal support, few accomplished their plans to integrate schools. → Read More

Here’s what 17 school districts said they’d do with federal funding for school integration.

Seventeen large and mid-sized school districts applied for federal funding to integrate schools in 2017. After the program was canceled, few districts made progress on their own. → Read More

The fate of DACA is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Here’s how its decision could affect students and teachers.

Conservative justices appeared likely to side with the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, a federal program that grants work permits and protection from deportation to nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants. → Read More

The fate of DACA is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Here’s how its decision could affect students and teachers.

Conservative justices appeared likely to side with the Trump administration's decision to end DACA, a federal program that grants work permits and protection from deportation to nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants. → Read More

Elizabeth Warren’s K-12 education plan would quadruple Title I funds, nix federal support for charters

Elizabeth Warren's education plan also calls for more spending and a bigger federal effort to confront school segregation. → Read More

Chicago Teachers Union progress on Saturday talks, while Mayor Lightfoot likely says no school Monday

Another day of bargaining between City Hall and the Chicago Teachers Union ended Saturday night with reports of continued progress on two key issues — class size caps and staffing — but a stall in three other critical areas. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters that she would be “very surprised” if classes resumed on Monday. → Read More

10 things to watch as a teachers strike begins in Chicago

For weeks, Chicago has been riveted by jousting between the Chicago Teachers Union and City Hall. But now that a strike is all but assured, attention is turning to the 300,000-some students whose teachers and support staff will be walking out of schools. → Read More

Elizabeth Warren doesn’t have a K-12 education plan. Here’s what her record on schools tells us.

On hot-button issues that have divided Democrats, like charters and testing, Elizabeth Warren has offered a little something for everyone. → Read More

Bernie Sanders joins Chicago teachers union rally, calls educators ‘the conscience of America’

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders looked to tie the Chicago’s tense, ongoing contract negotiations to broader debates about American teachers and schools. → Read More

This company ran schools for dropouts across the country. Chicago is the latest district to cut ties.

Just a few years ago, EdisonLearning ran more than a dozen mostly online alternative schools targeted at former high school dropouts. Now just two are left. → Read More

How Khan Academy, the popular free tool for students, wants to play a more official role in America’s classrooms

Known for its free online tutorials, Khan Academy is now formally selling its services to school districts, putting it in direct competition with other education technology vendors. → Read More

How the Democratic candidates talked about charter schools and school segregation in Thursday night’s debate

The leading Democratic candidates illustrated the divide in how they think and talk about charter schools at the debate in Houston. → Read More

6 of the 10 leading Democratic candidates say they will boost teacher diversity. Here’s how.

While the Democratic candidates generally agree that the next president should do something to expand America’s pool of teachers of color, how they’d do it varies. → Read More