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Leadership & Management

After years of thorny relationships with district officials and mayors, the Chicago Teachers Union will bargain a new contract this year with a district that now answers to former CTU organizer Mayor Brandon Johnson.

Principals are the leaders of their schools and staff. But in Chicago, multiple entities have power over principals — and soon, an elected school board and a principals union could impact how school leaders work.

Chicago’s Board of Education to vote on removing police officers from schools

District officials said they’re working to get more teachers certified to teach English language learners.

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The vote represented the first round of charter renewals under the current board.

Last week, CPS Inspector General Will Fletcher released his annual report which, in part, found that the district had marked more than 77,000 devices lost or stolen in the 2021-22 school year.

A letter sent to parents said the district would continue to prioritize students with disabilities and homeless students. Both groups are entitled to transportation under federal law.

The move puts in motion Mayor Brandon Johnson’s campaign promise to reinvigorate neighborhood schools.

Chicago is promoting Principal Joshua Long to lead its special education department

The district is still working to shorten bus rides for more than 100 students with disabilities to comply with state law.

The Class of 2023 were freshmen when the pandemic disrupted in-person learning. District data indicate 84% of those students graduated in four years, the highest rate in modern history.

Districts across the nation, including Chicago, have been bracing for financial challenges as their pandemic relief dollars run out.

Maureen Delgado leads a diverse neighborhood school, where 45 different languages are spoken. She’s being featured on public transit for her work creating a welcoming school environment.

Eighth graders enrolled at district schools will take the test Oct. 24 or 25. Non-district students must sign up again to take the exam Oct. 28, Oct. 29, or Nov. 5. 

Parents at Inter-American are looking for solutions, as other gifted and magnet programs have also sought their own alternatives to the lack of busing.

Researchers also found that the share of CPS students enrolling in college recently has risen.

The mayor’s spending plan builds on his campaign platform that was embraced by the Chicago Teachers Union.