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CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey speaks during a press conference at union headquarters on Aug. 8, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Twenty public schools in Chicago will be part of a new pilot program aimed at connecting school communities with local after-school, health and family engagement services.

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District officials will hear from Near South Side community members this week about a proposal to expand the attendance boundary for the new high school CPS is planning to phase in at the National Teachers Academy.

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Six students will participate in UIC’s Call Me MISTER program, which aims to get more male teachers of color into classrooms. From left: Alfred Tatum, Armando Rivera, Juan Hernandez, Jesus Flores and Juwaun Williams. (Credit: UIC Photo)

There’s a shortage of male teachers in Illinois classrooms, particularly those who are African-American and Latino. How the University of Illinois at Chicago is hoping to change that. 

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National Teachers Academy parent Elisabeth Greer, center, and Candace Moore, right, of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, discuss their lawsuit outside the school on June 19. 2018. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

National Teachers Academy parents want a Cook County judge to step in and halt Chicago Public Schools’ plan to transform their elementary school into a high school.

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Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (Chicago Tonight file photo)

A for-profit company that contracts with Chicago Public Schools comes under fire in a new report for its connections to convicted former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

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Chicago Public Schools implemented local school councils almost 30 years ago with hundreds of thousands of participants. Times have changed.

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Some are questioning the way Chicago Public Schools is spending its biggest budget in the last five years.

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Simeon Career Academy (Eric Allix Rogers / Flickr)

Parents from a South Side high school are calling on CPS leaders to bring back their ousted principal, a month after an investigation revealed he had failed to safeguard students from abuse.

District requiring students take writing course by 5th grade after state law change

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Chicago Public Schools is updating its teaching policy around the handwriting form to meet new state law requirements.

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The Board of Education this week will vote on updates to its student code of conduct policy in an effort to promote equitable discipline practices throughout the school district.

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The district says it will spend $26 million to add 160 social workers and 94 special education case managers in schools across the city. 

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CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler during a Dec. 11, 2017 appearance on Chicago Tonight.

CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler is looking to hire a dozen employees to staff a new dedicated unit tasked with investigating sexual abuse allegations made by district students.

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The school district says this will be its largest capital spending plan in more than two decades. But the Chicago Teachers Union believes it’s a “hollow and dishonest” election-year stunt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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One in four CPS schools failed a recent round of blitz inspections designed to examine things like overall cleanliness and pest control. See if your school passed or failed its inspection.

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a press conference on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

District officials wants employees to "over-report" anything they believe could be sexual abuse inside schools. But educators worry about the practicality of that proposal.

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Laura Boedeker (Courtesy of Illinois State Board of Education)

Parents of Chicago’s special education students say they have concerns about the state's choice of an independent monitor to oversee the district's special education program.

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