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Chicago offers more details about its full-time remote option

With the exact timeline for COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 still uncertain, Chicago is launching a new virtual academy this fall for students with certain underlying medical conditions, with a late July deadline to enroll. A new district remote education policy, which the school board will weigh on Wednesday,...
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She got into one of NYC’s top high schools. Four years later, she wishes she hadn’t.

The first thing Elizabeth Yarde noticed on her first day at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College was the lack of Black students. The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Yarde felt intense stares from other students, their looks seemingly questioning Yarde’s place at the elite high school, and she heard racial slurs being tossed around freely. At lunch, when Yarde started up a conversation with a fellow student, he remarked that he had never had a Black friend before.
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Chicago’s special education department will be monitored for another year

The Illinois State Board of Education this week approved another year of state oversight of Chicago Public Schools’ special education program. A state monitor has overseen Chicago’s special education department since 2018, after a report found that Chicago Public Schools systematically delayed and denied services to students with disabilities, in violation of federal and state laws. The district identified more than 10,000 students who could receive funding in compensation for services lost, and over 1,000 students who will receive services.
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NYC moves to clear controversial Absent Teacher Reserve, but it’s probably here to stay

No, the controversial Absent Teacher Reserve isn’t going anywhere — despite recent headlines trumpeting its end. But the education department is taking aggressive new moves to significantly whittle down the reserve. Often referred to as the ATR, it is a costly pool of educators whose positions were eliminated when their schools lost enrollment or changed programming, or who faced disciplinary issues.
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Schools and families weathered the pandemic together. Will the partnership last?

On the day before spring break, the lobby of Roseville Community Charter School overflowed with food. The April vacation meant families would go more than a week without support from the Newark, New Jersey, elementary school, where 98% of students are economically disadvantaged. So staffers in masks and gloves stood at the school entrance that afternoon handing out bags stuffed with donated cereal, pasta, popcorn, and canned vegetables.