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Last day of school year for CPS brings mayor to South Loop Elementary

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4th-grader who tried to commit suicide, later died, laid to rest

Jamari Dent was remembered as a sweet, playful kid during his funeral Tuesday on the South Side.

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Lightfoot expands year-old program aimed at bridging digital divide

Chicago Public high school graduates would be guaranteed three additional months of free, high-speed internet service — and those going on to City Colleges would get the perk for up to three years.

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Not an emergency? Don’t call cops, CPS tells administrators in new policy

Advocates for police-free schools have called for de-escalation and restorative justice in place of policing and punitive punishment that leads students into the school-to-prison pipeline.

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Kennedy-King College launches new tech program

"While opportunities in tech are lucrative, women, African-Americans, Latinx and other underserved populations are grossly underrepresented within the IT sector," Kennedy-King President Gregory Thomas said Monday in announcing the creation of Tech Launchpad.

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U. of I. to require vaccinations for all students returning to its 3 campuses this fall

Most prominent private Chicago universities have already announced their students must get shots before returning in the fall.

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CPS to take over facilities management after years of filthy school complaints

A year after announcing it would transition away from its maligned relationship with Aramark and Sodexo, the district on Monday is unveiling its new facilities management model.

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David Smallwood, Chicago journalist, author, longtime N’Digo editor, dead at 66

Smallwood co-authored and edited several books on Black icons and was editor of N’digo for more than 30 years. He died June 11 from complications of cancer and COVID-19.

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Speaker Welch on At the Virtual Table: Deal not quite done on first elected Chicago school board

Watch the conversation with Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch and Edward-Isaac Dovere, author of the new book, "Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaign to Defeat Trump"

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Left homeless as high schooler when parents were deported, she’s now a law school grad

Daihana Estrada is the first recipient of a Chicago Coalition for the Homeless scholarship to do that. Now, the Pilsen resident is aiming to help immigrants like her parents.

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A bill for an elected Chicago school board has passed. Now what?

Here’s what needs to be addressed before the first election in 2024.

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Still time to get it right on an elected school board for Chicago

The biggest problem is the size. Twenty-one members. Twice as big as any other school board in the nation. Does Chicago really need 21 more elected politicians?

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Pritzker says he’ll sign elected school board bill — and Lightfoot says it’s now time for ‘real negotiations’

The mayor is putting her hopes that negotiations over a followup "trailer" bill can fix some of the "obvious flaws" in the bill.

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CPS unveils pandemic recovery plan funded by half-billion in federal relief money

The plan is part of $1.8 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funding that parent advocates have demanded be used to support the students hurt most by the pandemic.

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Fully elected Chicago school board gets final thumbs up from Illinois House in ‘long-awaited first step’

The first election — for 10 of the seats on the 21-member body — would be in 2024.

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After enrollment dips, public schools hope for fall rebound

As many parents across the U.S. weigh the same concerns, school districts that lost enrollment during the pandemic are looking anxiously to the fall to see how many families stick with the education choices they made over the last year.

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Debt erased for 18,000 ITT Technical students; Biden administration forgiving loans

The for-profit chain had campuses in Arlington Heights, Oak Brook, Orland Park and Springfield. It closed in 2016 after a series of sanctions by the Obama administration.

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Nearly half of CPS students are Latino. Should the next CEO be?

The City Council Latino Caucus urged Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a letter Tuesday to choose a Latino for the position.

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MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, gives millions to 2 Chicago colleges as part of $2.7B giving

The University of Illinois at Chicago received $40 million. Kennedy-King College, a branch of City Colleges of Chicago, got $5 million.

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After a difficult year, West Side eighth graders get surprise gifts before heading into summer and high school

Computer tablets, sneakers and other goodies came courtesy of the Englewood non-profit, Dion’s Chicago Dream

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Lightfoot makes final argument against elected board to run Chicago Public Schools

Lightfoot has called the proposed 21-member elected school board is "unwieldy." On Monday, she argued members would free to set their own salaries and hire their own staffs, creating a "whole new set of bureaucracy."

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Former Elgin schools chief named interim CPS CEO

Jose Torres served as a regional superintendent at CPS from 2006 to 2008 before he took the top job at Elgin’s School District U-46.

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Justices defer Harvard case on race in college admissions

The justices on Monday put off a decision about whether they will hear an appeal claiming that Harvard discriminates against Asian American applicants, in a case that could have nationwide repercussions.

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CPS grad Roshaan Khalid barely spoke English 5 years ago. He is headed to Princeton on a full ride this fall.

"He’s worked so hard to get to this point," said his Mather High School counselor. "The universe is just going to open up for him."

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Jones College Prep removes its cops as CPS schools begin new round of voting

The Loop school’s move away from the School Resource Officer program was approved with nine votes in favor and two abstentions.

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Jamari Dent, who suffered brain damage after trying to kill himself while in fourth grade, has died at 13

His family said he hanged himself in a suicide attempt in 2019 after months of bullying by Chicago Public Schools staff and students.

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Entrepreneur learned coding at after-school program; now, he’s paying it forward

The Department of Family and Support Services has been granted authority to enter into a $250,000 contract with Adam Wiesniewski’s EX3 Labs to develop a mobile application for a year-old city website, My CHI My Future.

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Don Gold, editor for Playboy, other magazines, Columbia College teacher, dead at 90

The longtime editor and journalism teacher also worked for magazines including DownBeat, Travel + Leisure, Chicago, the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies’ Home Journal.

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What could an elected school board mean for Chicago? Here’s what other large districts have seen

Experts in cities with elected boards say Chicago could see big money flow into its campaigns but also more representation in pockets of the city.

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CTU, Urban Prep reach contract agreement, ending teachers strike after 2 days

The Chicago Teachers Union said administration at the all-boys charter school has agreed to salary increases among other things.

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Lawmakers back to Springfield next week: Elected Chicago school board, energy among bills ‘at the top of our list’

House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch has already predicted that a measure creating a 21-member board will pass the state’s lower legislative chamber. Illinois Senate President Don Harmon touted a "landmark clean energy plan that both protects thousands of jobs and moves Illinois responsibly toward the future."

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Chicago Debates mural makes a splash

This past school year, nearly 1,000 CPS students participated in 47 tournaments hosted by Chicago Debates.

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Why Chicago school board needs more democracy

An elected board will not be perfect. But then neither is our Congress, General Assembly, City Council or any other school board.

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Marquette University to require COVID-19 vaccinations for students

Marquette joins the University of Chicago, Roosevelt, Northwestern, Loyola, DePaul and Columbia College in requiring students to get shots.

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Urban Prep teachers on strike over pay, lack of special education resources

Thirty-four teachers at the charter organization’s three campuses are on strike, union officials said.