Chicago Public Schools on Thursday announced major changes in its grading system for the remainder of the school year, causing confusion and dismay among Payton students who had hoped that the current system — in which assignments can help, but never hurt, a student’s letter grade — would continue.
Today, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker ordered all Illinois schools closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year. But we wish the state would at least wait and see what conditions are in May before making a definitive decision.
In Chicago, it’s time for decisive action before it’s too late.
Two Wednesdays ago, few in this city would have imagined that by the time students returned to school there would be snow on the ground. Yet here Lightfoot was at City Hall, early on Halloween afternoon, saying the strike was finally over as snow fell faster and faster outside.
Striking public school teachers took to the streets of downtown Chicago Wednesday morning, marking day five of cancelled classes with a massive rally designed to pressure Mayor Lori Lightfoot as she delivered her first budget address at City Hall.
A contract deal with the Chicago Teachers Union is unlikely before Monday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Saturday, suggesting the ongoing strike is likely to extend into next week.
Payton teachers returned to the picket line outside school Friday morning as the CTU strike entered its second day.
What to do during the teacher strike that begins Thursday.
Classes and after-school activities will be cancelled for all CPS students on Thursday in anticipation of a teacher strike authorization Wednesday night, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said this morning.
Chicago Teachers Union members voted overwhelmingly this week to authorize a strike if a contract deal is not reached soon.