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

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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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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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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.

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After public outcry, Benet Academy reverses course, offers coaching job to woman in same-sex marriage

The west suburban Catholic school offered Amanda Kammes’ job back after a Monday evening meeting by the school’s board. She has accepted.

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‘Disappointed’ Lightfoot admits CPS’ COVID testing, contact tracing falling short

"In anticipation of the opening of school, there should have been a much more robust plan and infrastructure in place," the mayor told WTTW News.

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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visit Palatine, Cicero, Chicago today

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot will join them at different stops.

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Benet Academy students, alumni protest after school allegedly rescinds job offer to gay coach

An online petition, signed by more than 3,400 people, calls for the reinstatement of lacrosse coach Amanda Kammes.

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West Side initiative hopes to revitalize closed school in Austin

A $120 million effort, led by the Westside Health Authority, would turn the vacant Robert Emmet Elementary School into a hub for job development, housing and retail opportunities.

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This Illinois school mandate isn’t controversial: 30 minutes of recess

Parents and advocates are cheering a new requirement that K-5 students get a half-hour of unstructured play time every day.

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Who is Pedro Martinez, CPS’ new CEO?

The new head of public schools in Chicago, a CPS graduate, has dozens of relatives who either attend or work in the district. But some critics from San Antonio say his record as superintendent there doesn’t match his working class background.

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New Southwest Side aviation maintenance training facility ready for takeoff in less than two weeks

The 137-000-square-foot Aviation Institute of Maintenance facility will offer Federal Aviation Association certified maintenance training with classes for 40 students set to begin Sept. 27.

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New CPS CEO says a united district can be ‘best in the country’

Pedro Martinez, the superintendent of San Antonio public schools, was named CPS’ new leader at Benito Juarez H.S., his alma mater.

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More than 5,600 CPS students ordered to quarantine in first 2 weeks of school year

Those quarantines represent about 2% of the 290,000 students at non-charter schools, yet they’re almost double the number of students the district had previously identified that have been exposed to the virus.

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CPS COVID-19 testing program ripped as ‘an abject failure’ after more delays, few students sign up

The school system is planning to administer tests at only one-third of its schools this week, and won’t extend its program to all buildings until the end of September.

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CPS charter school shuts down for 2 weeks because of COVID-19 cases

Acero Schools, one of Chicago Public Schools’ largest charter operators, closed its Zizumbo campus in the Archer Heights community Tuesday to meet the terms of its reopening agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union.

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Chinese students’ U.S. visas blocked under Trump-era policy to protect tech from China’s military

Students fume at the presumption they might be spies. ‘What do we finance students have to do with the military?’ a Washington University finance student says.

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Swimmer George F. Wendt, 73, who shared a name with his TV star cousin, drowns in Big Shoulders race

His cousin George Wendt found fame as Norm on TV’s ‘Cheers.’ But, to many swimmers and Fenwick High School students and alums, he was the star in the family.

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Protesters call for CPS to institute a remote learning option

Protesters tried to march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home Monday night but were stopped by police.

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Nearly 3,000 CPS students exposed to COVID-19 in 8 days

Exactly how many students are in isolation is unclear as CPS officials have not responded to requests to provide a specific number. Unvaccinated kids aren’t required to isolate this school year.

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CPS students facing housing insecurity eligible for one-time $500 checks

The payments will be part of the city’s efforts to reengage thousands of children who lost consistent touch with their schools over the past year. Yet that financial assistance should only be a piece of the strategy to support homeless students during the pandemic, advocates have said.

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CPS says local school councils can continue meeting online, backtracking on in-person requirement

Hundreds of LSC members citywide expressed concerns about accessibility and COVID-19 safety last week when CPS told them to resume their prepandemic meeting formats.

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CPS mandates return to in-person school council meetings, irking some representatives

If there was a pandemic silver lining at CPS, it was the increased engagement that some LSCs saw when their meetings moved online.

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Traveling out of state for Labor Day? Unvaccinated CPS students must quarantine — with no access to remote learning — when they return

CPS announced the abrupt policy change on Thursday night before the holiday weekend.

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Space podcast for kids connects with NASA astronauts

"REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids" met live with NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Expedition 65 and discussed the ethics of space exploration.

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CPS won’t administer COVID-19 tests at all schools until mid-September, officials say

Parents, students and educators who expected widespread testing at the start of the school year have been left frustrated by the delay and anxious about whether it would hinder early detection of case clusters developing in schools.

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CPS worker struck by bottle thrown by principal was cleared to return to work within days, physician assistant testifies

Ivy Poma, who treated Franklin Fine Arts Cafeteria Manager Faye Jenkins, said she closed the head wound with skin glue and told Jenkins to take pain meds after Principal Kurt Jones’ threw the bottle.

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CTU concerned about ‘gaps’ in CPS COVID-19 safety protocols

The union is concerned about everything from managing crowds in schools to the rollout of COVID-19 testing.

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Teamsters strike at Sysco plant in Des Plaines could affect CPS food deliveries

The union cites a lack of progress in talks with the food service firm that started in January.

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A vaccine requirement for students? Lightfoot says it’s ‘premature’ even as Fauci gives support

Illinois already requires proof of vaccination against more than 10 diseases as a condition of enrollment. Will a COVID-19 shot be added to the list?