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Bernie Sanders to join Chicago Teachers Union labor rally

The senator and presidential candidate will join the city’s teachers, school support staff and other unions — including striking GM workers from Detroit — at Tuesday’s rally in Chicago.

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Lightfoot offers to sit in on CTU negotiations; union president says ‘what’s the point’

The mayor personally sitting in on negotiations would be an unusual and maybe unlikely step; CTU President Jesse Sharkey said there are too many unresolved issues for it to be productive.

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CPS adds murals, mosaics at schools amid a move to enhance arts education

Benito Juarez, Englewood STEM, McAuliffe Elementary among the schools to gain public art. Each mural ‘serves a different purpose,’ Logan Square principal says. ‘Some of them honor our school namesake, some of them help us express our mission and vision, and others help us honor our cultures and traditions.’

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Grammy nominated sax player comes home to Maywood to help locals work on their chops

With Wayne Shorter’s prowess on the tenor saxophone as a guide, D-Erania Stampley went on to master the higher and brighter-toned alto sax. And now, with two CDs, a Grammy nomination and multiple tours under her belt, Stampley is bringing it all back home.

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Chicago prays: Let us not be Bible-thumped

Wheaton College students are worried about their right to browbeat anyone enjoying the Bean. What about our right to be left unmolested by evangelists?

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Wheaton College students sue city, say Millennium Park security restricted their religious activities

The students — all members of Wheaton College’s Chicago Evangelism Team — announced the lawsuit Wednesday, claiming Millennium Park’s rules "severely hinder First Amendment rights for all within a public forum."

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CPS theater director sexually assaulted student inside Edgewater high school, prosecutors say

Joel Ewing, who has appeared in productions at several theaters in Chicago, allegedly had inappropriate contact with the girl starting when she was 15, prosecutors said.

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A Chicago student with autism should be in school. Instead, he’s at home while CPS and his family battle over which one

Oliwier Kluzik’s relatives are fighting to keep him at a suburban therapeutic school where he thrived, but the district said it’s not on an approved list of contracted schools.

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Support staff at Chicago schools inch closer to strike

SEIU Local 73 workers are negotiating their own contract with CPS, separate from the Chicago Teachers Union.

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College students’ latest headache? Digital access fees on top of rising textbook prices

The planned merger of publishing giants McGraw-Hill and Cengage could mean even higher costs, consumer advocates, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin are warning.

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UIC enrolls record number of new freshman, undergrads for 5th year in a row

The campus now hosts over 33,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

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CPS’ handling of sexual abuse cases ‘tragic and inexcusable,’ feds say in ordering major overhaul

CPS entered into a legally binding oversight agreement after federal investigators found widespread "disturbing" cases of sexual violence against students.

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‘Time is ticking’ on new teachers contract; Chicago schools chief says she’ll join talks when ‘appropriate’

"As we get closer to ... finalizing and landing this thing there will be a role" for her, Jackson, said Wednesday.

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An easy call: No cellphones in classes in most cases

We firmly side with those schools that want to limit, or even ban, the use of cellphones in classrooms, with a few exceptions.

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Do students need cellphones for safety? Some CPS parents want phone bans lifted

Students and parents say they offer safety and convenience and aid kids with disabilities, but schools say they can hurt learning and cause a distraction.

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Lawsuit accuses former U of I professor of sexually assaulting, harassing students

A U of I spokesman said university officials are "aware of the filing and are reviewing it" but declined to comment further. The professor has denied wrongdoing.

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Duckworth bill would help put seat belts on every U.S. school bus

‘No parent should worry that their child could be injured on a school bus,’ the senator said at a Friday afternoon press conference.

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Book publisher Pearson sued for exposing 1 million student records to hackers

Pearson is accused of failing to notice the hack for more than four months until the FBI reported it in March 2019.

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Chicago Public Schools tout record performances from class of 2019

The $1.47 billion in scholarship offers is $100 million-plus more than last year and nearly four times the $400 million in scholarships awarded to the 2013 graduating class.

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Taft High School’s new $77M freshman building opens for class: ‘It’s so cool’

The annex was built to ease overcrowding at Taft’s main building, which was about 1,200 students overcapacity last year.

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CPS offers to stop using private nurses at schools, union says plan has ‘loopholes’

Chicago school officials are proposing to end the practice of outsourcing nursing and other services. But the Chicago Teachers Union wants stronger guarantees.

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Chicago teachers set date for strike authorization vote

The CTU and Chicago Public Schools have failed to reach terms on a new contract.

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U. of I. student charged with hate crime after noose found in Urbana dorm elevator

Andrew M. Smith was arrested Monday and charged with a felony hate crime count and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct for allegedly placing the noose there.

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Lightfoot still confident teachers strike can be avoided

‘If I need to get personally involved, I’m happy to do that,’ the mayor told reporters Tuesday.

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Students, here’s what you are missing by not reading the paper

It might come in useful someday. Really.

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CPS looks within to hire for hard-to-fill special ed teaching jobs

Jason Hudson is one of 137 teachers in a program that seeks to address a severe shortage in special education teachers in Chicago.

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360,000 Chicago students head back to school Tuesday

CPS has spent the last few days releasing good news: fewer students are dropping out, grad rates are rising, test scores are steady and the district’s finances are stable. Yet CPS still faces a looming teachers’ strike, criticism over its budget and a massive enrollment decline in recent years.

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Englewood’s 1st new school since 1970s welcomes students this week

Englewood STEM High School sits on 17 acres of land at the site of the closed Robeson High School.

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CPS chief touts grad rate, remains ‘fully committed’ to reaching deal with teachers

The graduation rate reached an all-time high, largely driven by African American students, CPS CEO Janice Jackson said.

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School board OKs $7.7 billion budget, largest in history

Among the features of this year’s budget is $31 million in "equity grants" that will go to 219 schools with low or declining enrollments.

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CPS approves new rules for cops in schools, but concern over ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ remains

"The truth is, having police officers in school doesn’t necessarily mean being safe," said student Brenda Leyva.

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CPS test scores see slight gains after years of larger growth

Since 2013, the percentage of students at least meeting national reading averages has risen by 16.2%, while there’s been an increase of 11.6% in students who meet national math levels.