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This Week In CPS: Talking Local Education Reporting

If you’re reading this post, please join City Bureau and Chalkbeat Chicago this Thursday night at Public Newsroom 75 to talk about local education reporting. The event will be held at the Mikva Challenge offices, 200 S. Michigan, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Here are the key questions for conversation: How can journalists cover schools in a way that is…

This Week in CPS: Going Deep on Kindergarten Readiness

Today, the Illinois State Board of Education released long-awaited data on how ready the state’s children are for kindergarten in three areas: social-emotional development, math and literacy. The news is sobering: 42 percent of the state’s kindergartners were determined not to be “ready” in any of the three areas measured. Here’s how they got this information. For nearly a decade,…

Progress, Problems and Politics in the Chicago Public Schools

Last weekend, I bought a subscription to the Chicago Sun-Times, which recently instituted a paywall. I love the gritty, bare-knuckles reporting and cut-through-the-noise columnists of the self-described “Hardest-Working Paper in America.” I’m even getting home delivery. Monday morning, the paper arrived with a lengthy story on “fiascoes” in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that could become a headache for Mayor…

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