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Recent articles by Yana:

Why Chicago schoolteachers want to battle over class size, again

The Chicago Teachers Union wants to lower the cap on class sizes to 20 in kindergarten, 24 in first through fifth grade, and 28 for middle and high school. → Read More

With one week before strike, Chicago mayor says union not acting ‘urgently’ on proposals

Separately, union officials maintained their criticism of the city for bargaining on only pay and health benefits. → 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

With no deal reached at bargaining table, Acero teachers say strike is on

Educators said early Tuesday that no deal had been reached with the management of Acero Schools. → Read More

Power outages hit 20 campuses during first snowstorm of the school year

But school remained in session at all 513 district-run Chicago Public Schools campuses. → Read More

Charter-school backers pack little-advertised Chicago hearing about new charters

Charter-school supporters packed a little-publicized hearing called Wednesday evening to gather input on proposals to open three specialized charter schools in Chicago. → Read More

In Chicago, the surprising reasons so many students fail PE

Among the reasons: High school PE creates a perfect storm of students’ body insecurities, and the struggle of juggling classes in a demanding new environment. → Read More

Chicago's Acero teachers vote 98% to authorize first-ever charter school strike

Teachers at 15 Acero schools overwhelmingly voted Tuesday evening to authorize a strike, setting the stage for the first walkout in the nation by teachers at a charter network. → Read More