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Yana Kunichoff


Chicago, IL, United States

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Recent articles by Yana:

Chicago changed school policing, but can teachers and students tell the difference?

While some campuses noticed immediate changes, a Chalkbeat examination shows that the police-school agreement spelling out reforms remains a work in progress. → Read More

Here’s what to watch in Chicago’s school budget revamp

A Chicago budget committee will decide how to meet the community's needs and desires and how to fix school funding without getting more money for an underfunded system. → Read More

Chicago mulls how to reslice the school budget pie — but what about a bigger pie?

Even as participants agreed on the need for change, few had ideas on how to address the elephant in the room — how to fix school funding without more money? → 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

As Chicago renews 33 charters, once-lauded Urban Prep network struggles forward

On Wednesday, board members said they wanted year-round accountability for schools that just weren’t doing good enough. → Read More

In Illinois state board’s $9.64 billion budget ask: more money for teacher recruitment, testing

But that request may run up against Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s budget-cutting request to all agencies, including the state board, to cut 6.5% of their appropriations this year. → Read More

Chicago is clamping down on charter growth. But some are still finding a way.

Even as the political enthusiasm for charters in Chicago has wound down, some schools are still finding ways to grow in a no-grow environment. → Read More

Three things to know about this week’s teacher strike vote in Chicago

In past strike authorization votes, in 2012 and 2016, enough members supported the measure to bring the vote above the legally mandated 75% mark. → Read More

From Englewood to Old Town, Chicago mayor’s first-day tour of schools spotlights her priorities

Together, the three stops highlighted the mayor’s education priorities. → 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

Illinois abolishes charter schools commission, eliminating state appeals body for charters

The commission has been reviled by school districts but valued by charter promoters for offering a recourse to denials by local school boards. → Read More

For one undocumented student in Chicago, graduation marks both hard work and years of uncertainty

Like thousands of students finishing high school this year across the country, Itzayanna is an undocumented immigrant, and she is graduating into one of the best, and yet one of the most uncertain, times to be an immigrant student. → Read More

Illinois sends bill to abolish state charter commission to Gov. Pritzker’s desk

he commission has caught the ire of district officials who argue that districts should have the final say on whether a school is open in their jurisdiction. → 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

A lot of iPads, little research: Inside the movement to build the classroom of the future

As personalized learning has spread nationwide, philanthropic grants and enthusiastic district officials have turned Chicago into its epicenter. → 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

Illinois new chief educator: Pritzker board appoints first woman of color to the top job

Carmen Ayala was formerly the superintendent of west suburban Berwyn North SD 98. → Read More

On Chicago charter strike, how far will the teachers union go?

Chicago's second charter strike has now stretched over nine days. Beyond picket lines and hashtags on social media, the Chicago Teachers Union has blocked a lobby of a Loop high rise, delivered labor-themed Valentines to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall, and even wrangled appearances from the Rev. Jesse → Read More

As Los Angeles lurches toward a teacher strike, New York City's union prepares to show solidarity

New York City's teachers union is asking its members to wear red Thursday to show support for colleagues in Los Angeles who are preparing to strike. A California judge on Wednesday delayed the first possible day of the strike until next week, but the United Federation of Teachers is going forward with its call for → Read More

Tentative deal struck in Chicago charter school strike, Acero students set to return to class

More than 7,000 students at 15 Acero schools are expected to be back in class Monday. The work-stoppage canceled classes for four days. → Read More