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Comprehensive education coverage for Chicago, including public schools, higher education, the Chicago Teachers Union and everything parents and students need to know.

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Nonprofit led by ex-CPS CEO hopes to invest in college and trade school scholarships

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Pastors, community leaders help students at West Side school deal with the loss of one of their own

Kierra Moore, who dreamed of playing in the WNBA, was fatally shot Oct. 14.

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Second threat in a month again shuts down Naperville North High School

School officials and police wouldn’t disclose what was said in the threat, which police said was sent by voicemail to the school.

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Pritzker announces over $15 million in funds for science labs to help foster ‘the talent and technology of tomorrow’

The governor said Illinois must "put the pedal to the metal" when it comes to the life science sector, which includes biology, botany, biochemistry because its success is "so critical to our future economic security."

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FBI agent who fought VA for GI Bill college benefits wins appeal; case could help vets nationwide

Jim Rudisill has battled terrorists and white supremacists. Now, he’s won a fight for better benefits for himself and, his lawyers estimate, as many as 1.7 million of the nation’s longest-serving veterans.

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New playground at South Side school aims to reduce flooding in surrounding homes

The playground was built atop a system that catches and stores stormwater before slowly releasing it into sewers to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed.

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City Colleges opens a technology learning lab for students

In a partnership with Apple, City Colleges opened a technology center for CPS and CCC students and educators.

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CPS allows unvaccinated teachers, staff to opt for testing over shots — for now

As of Wednesday, 86% of CPS employees have submitted proof of vaccination, district records show.

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First lady Jill Biden — ‘community college educator for forever’ — visits Chicago classroom to learn

On Day Two of her visit, Biden appeared with U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for a charla at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. "I think our administration is trying to really wrap its arms around all Americans — all Americans," she said.

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A Better Chicago to grant $7M targeting mental health for CPS students recovering from pandemic learning loss

On Tuesday the local venture philanthropy fund A Better Chicago will announce grants to seven groups targeting COVID-19 learning deficits impacting Chicago Public Schools students.

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A Northwestern University first — woman named as president

Rebecca M. Blank, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, takes the helm in Summer 2022.

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Marist students kneeled in ‘disrespect’ as Spanish-language song played at homecoming dance, Latino classmates say

In a statement, school officials said they are investigating and "are disheartened by the recent events that took place at our Homecoming celebration this past weekend."

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CPS says some schools don’t meet cleanliness standards, offers workers OT pay to fix problem

"Aramark needs to get custodial crews into the schools over the weekend to get them cleaned and up to CPS standards," the district wrote in an email to building engineers that was obtained by the Sun-Times.

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University of Chicago receives largest ever estate gift

The $50 million bequest is expected to help fund the university’s commitments to "educational access and financial aid," among other things.

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Young artists’ work to be featured at Steppenwolf Theatre’s Loft

The Loft Teen Arts Project commissioned seven finalists’ pieces, allocating between $1,500 and $2,500 to five individual artists and two groups.

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CPS drops quarantine to 10 days after just 1.6% of kids exposed to COVID at school test positive

The changes come as the school system is still scrambling to recover from a poorly prepared testing program that has CPS "playing catch-up," as the district’s new CEO put it.

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CPS CEO Pedro Martinez talks gun violence, vaccine mandates, CTU and more

After his first week on the job, Martinez sat for an interview with Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman.

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Former CPS principal found not guilty of charges filed after he threw water bottle at school worker

Franklin Fine Arts principal Kurt Jones, who resigned in June 2020, was cleared by Judge Angela Petrone of three felony counts.

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New CPS CEO says he agreed to 5-year contract

Pedro Martinez’s deal to lead Chicago’s schools is longer than his predecessor’s and likely to be far more lucrative.

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As CPS enrollment plummets again, new CEO says ‘tough decisions’ lie ahead

CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said preliminary data shows 327,000 students enrolled at CPS this year, about 14,000 fewer than last year and nearly 30,000 less than the year before the pandemic.

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California to require all schoolchildren to get COVID shots

The state will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students in kindergarten through sixth grade only after the federal government has given final approval for anyone 5 to 11.

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In Hillside and increasingly elsewhere, school kids get tested each week for COVID

The aim is to keep them in class and keep the coronavirus out. So far, parents and guardians of two-thirds of Hillside School students have consented to the saliva testing.

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New CPS CEO says he’ll explore remote learning options but makes no promises

Pedro Martinez also said beefing up surveillance testing for COVID is a top priority.

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Teachers union again demands beefed-up COVID-19 safety protocols

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was in town Wednesday to offer her support.

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Arwady: No breaks in protocol at CPS school where mom died after daughter exposed to COVID

Chicago’s top doctor asked for patience Tuesday while city officials investigate the death of mom Shenitha Curry, but parents want CPS to close Jensen elementary school.

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Michael S. Kelly, Loyola University Chicago ‘visionary leader’ in social work, dead at 52; UPDATED with service details

A memorial for ‘the foremost scholar and practitioner of school-based family counseling in the social work field’ will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at Loyola’s Madonna della Strada chapel and livestreamed on YouTube.

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CPS mom dies after her child exposed to COVID-19 at school where hundreds of kids quarantined

The district denied finding any evidence that the eight cases discovered this month at Jensen Elementary in Lawndale were passed on to others in the building or at home.

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Man charged with misdemeanor for alleged threats against Simeon, other CPS schools

At time of arrest, he was on electronic monitoring for making similar threats to schools in a nearby city, police said.

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It’s not a bird. Not a plane. It’s a flying microchip.

Northwestern University scientists develop world’s tiniest "human-made flying structure."

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Arrest made after CPS schools, including Simeon, were targeted with online threats of gun violence

The threats came as the Simeon community reeled from a pair of shootings Tuesday that left two students dead.

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Progress made, slowly but thoughtfully, in taking school discipline out of the hands of cops

We urge those who agree with us — that there are better alternatives to cops in schools cracking down on 12-year-olds — to keep on pushing.

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CPS students who have stayed home with COVID-19 fears can return at any time, schools officials say

CPS officials say students are not technically being unenrolled from their schools and can claim their seat at any time.

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With half of kids quarantined at W. Side school, union pushes for more safety measures, district official backs vaccine mandate

Some 173 students at Jensen Elementary are in quarantine.

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As CPS board OKs new $11M police contract, community groups praise district’s progress on school cops

The unified message ahead of the vote is a stark departure from this time last year, when students and police-free school advocates marched through the city and protested outside the downtown Chicago Public Schools headquarters.

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Naperville North High School closed for investigation of bomb threat

The threat was emailed to the school Wednesday morning, the school district said.