Tag: Chicago Public Schools

As Grown-Ups Argue Over Reopening Schools, Chicago’s Kids Lose

Chicago Public Schools students are back in school.  Well, some of them are. It’s complicated, and getting messier by the minute.  WBEZ Chicago has more on the fight between teachers and schools on in-person instruction: About 900 CPS staff members, including nearly 30% of teachers required to work on Monday, were absent, CPS said Monday evening. This includes staff who…

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Reopen Schools and Free the Hostages, Our Children

So, the Chicago Teachers Union has decided to defy City Hall. Members are bucking the Chicago Public Schools’ plan to gradually open schools for PreK-8 students and provide parents the choice of their children returning to school or continuing to learn remotely. CTU continues its sad conduct, allowing children and working families to bear the brunt of the pandemic for…

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Post-Pandemic, Let’s Keep Virtual Conferences

Word on the social media “street” among Chicago Public Schools parents and teachers suggests that virtual conferences were a big hit all-around. As a veteran of the traditional in-person conference, which usually involves a long hallway wait and not enough time to talk with a harried teacher, what I’m hearing sounds like a vast improvement. Here are some up sides…

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Twitter Sure Had a Lot to Say About the CPS Reopening Plan

Yesterday, city leaders announced plans to reopen Chicago Public Schools after winter break. The current CPS reopening plan is for students in pre-k and special education cluster programs to return January 11. Students in grades K-8 could join them in school buildings on February 1. All families will be able to continue remote learning if they prefer. Elementary and middle…

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