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Heather Lockhart and her daughter, Cora, 7, maneuver through political signs outside Arlington Heights Village Hall in Arlington Heights, Ill. on March 25, 2021, where Lockhart was heading for early voting.
Heather Lockhart and her daughter, Cora, 7, maneuver through political signs outside Arlington Heights Village Hall in Arlington Heights, Ill. on March 25, 2021, where Lockhart was heading for early voting.
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Education Debate Over Reopenings Has Become a Campaign Issue in School Board Races
Frustration over pandemic-related school closings and remote learning has left an imprint on school board contests throughout the suburbs.
Karen Ann Cullotta and Rafael Guerrero, Chicago Tribune, March 29, 2021
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Cupped hands hold a precious wi-fi symbol
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Ed-Tech Policy Millions of Students Got Free Home Internet for Remote Learning. How Long Will It Last?
Time and money are running out on temporary agreements between districts and ISPs. Broadband advocates want a federal solution.
Benjamin Herold, March 10, 2021
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Elementary 1 teacher Melissa Vozar sits outside of Suder Elementary in Chicago to teach a virtual class on Jan. 11, 2021. The Chicago Teachers Union said that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom before they are vaccinated against the coronavirus, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said such a move would amount to an illegal strike.
Teacher Melissa Vozar sits outside of Suder Elementary in Chicago to teach a virtual class in protest of her district's reopening plans.
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Teaching Profession In Chicago and Other Big Cities, Teachers' Unions Are Delaying School Reopenings
The Chicago Teachers Union struck a tentative deal with the city to slow the reopening of schools. Other unions have had similar success.
Madeline Will, February 8, 2021
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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago teachers union listens to a question after a meeting of the union's House of Delegates in Chicago. Lewis says she is stepping down because her battle with brain cancer has made it impossible to do her job "at my best." Lewis said Friday, June 22, 2018, that she's submitted her retirement papers to the Chicago Board of Education. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
Karen Lewis, former president of the Chicago Teachers Union, listens to a question after a meeting of the union's House of Delegates in Chicago on Sept. 14, 2012. The union confirmed Lewis' death on Monday. She was 67.
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Teaching Profession Obituary Karen Lewis, Firebrand Former Chicago Teachers Union President, Dead at 67
Karen Lewis, the firebrand former Chicago Teachers Union president who led a seven-day strike in 2012, has died, the CTU confirmed Monday.
Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas, John Byrne & Juan Perez Jr., February 8, 2021
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Privacy & Security COVID-19 and Cybersecurity: 'Catastrophic Attack on Our Technology Systems'
Two large school districts have been rattled in the last week by incidents related to internet security and privacy.
Mark Lieberman, December 1, 2020
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School & District Management Districts Struggle to Keep Tabs on COVID-19 Cases
Confusion reigns when it comes to finding and reporting data on school-related coronavirus infections. That's a problem for school leaders weighing shutdowns.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 11, 2020
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School Choice & Charters Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
August 18, 2020
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Law & Courts Court Upholds $400,000 Jury Award to Superintendent Ousted Amid Discord
An Illinois school superintendent's contract was not renewed amid turmoil with her school board that started with her push for an audit of district finances.
Mark Walsh, August 4, 2020
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A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the downtown skyline during a protest to demand the defunding of the Los Angeles school district police outside of the school board headquarters Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Los Angeles.
A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the downtown skyline during a protest to demand the defunding of the Los Angeles school district police outside of the school board headquarters Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Los Angeles.
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School Climate & Safety More School Districts Sever Ties With Police. Will Others Follow?
Campaigns to get rid of police in schools catch a wave of momentum in some communities, but activists still face deep resistance from educators nationally.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 26, 2020
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Chicago Teachers Union members and hundreds of supporters rally in Federal Plaza in the Loop to call for the Chicago Board of Education to vote to end a $33 million contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Chicago Teachers Union members and hundreds of supporters rally in Federal Plaza in the Loop to call for the Chicago Board of Education to vote to end a $33 million contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
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Equity & Diversity Photos Educators Rally for Police-Free Schools
Parents, students and teachers from across the country are protesting the presence of police in schools.
Bridget Fetsko, June 26, 2020
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Mareme, 11, came to a youth protest in Baltimore earlier this month in remembrance of George Floyd. I came, she said, “because the police killed a black man.”
Mareme, 11, came to a youth protest in Baltimore earlier this month in remembrance of George Floyd. I came, she said, “because the police killed a black man.”
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School Climate & Safety Do Cops Belong in Schools? Minneapolis Tragedy Prompts a Hard Look at School Police
In the aftermath of last month’s killing of an unarmed Minneapolis man in police custody, school systems are re-examining their own contracts with local police agencies.
Evie Blad & Stephen Sawchuk, June 5, 2020
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Federal Illinois Directs Districts to Set Aside Federal COVID Aid for All Private School Students
The state's decision indicates that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' push on COVID-19 and private school students is having an affect.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 29, 2020
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Students, from left to right, Deluxe Badesi, Jima Munanga, and Oliver Alimasi play back the music tracks they created in the electro hip-hop class in an after-school program for English-language learners at Burlington High School in Vermont.
Students, from left to right, Deluxe Badesi, Jima Munanga, and Oliver Alimasi play back the music tracks they created in the electro hip-hop class in an after-school program for English-language learners at Burlington High School in Vermont.
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Student Well-Being New Breed of After-School Programs Embrace English-Learners
A handful of districts and other groups are reshaping the after-school space to provide a wide range of social and linguistic supports for newcomer students.
Corey Mitchell, March 10, 2020
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School & District Management Starting High School Later Shows 'Big Impact'
To make better, evidence-based use of time, a district in Illinois changed high school start times from 7:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Alyson Klein, February 25, 2020
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