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The head of the Chicago Teachers Union is using the “s” word as their negotiators return to the bargaining table Thursday to continue working toward a new contract with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools.

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks at a Chicago Board of Education meeting Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s newly appointed Chicago Board of Education ushered in some changes during its first meeting Wednesday. 

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As Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs legislation to legalize recreational marijuana, Chicago Public Schools is looking to rewrite portions of its student bylaws on pot and other controlled substances.

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Alaaulldin Al Ibrahim, center, will attend UIC this fall on a full scholarship to study pre-med. Also pictured: Sarah Quintenz, left, and Joshua Zepeda. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Alaaulldin Al Ibrahim, or “Al” to his friends, was born in Syria, moved to Jordan and eventually resettled as a refugee in Chicago. This fall he’ll attend the University of Illinois at Chicago on a full scholarship to study pre-med.

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A school district in northwestern Indiana has issued an apology after a special needs teacher awarded an 11-year-old autistic student a trophy naming him the “most annoying male” of the school year.

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Miguel del Valle, a former Illinois state senator, will serve as the president of the Chicago Board of Education. Mayor Lightfoot announced his appointment and six others Monday morning.

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The university said Tuesday the tuition offer is an effort to increase representation of American Indian and Alaska Native students at UIC.

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University of Chicago researcher David D. Awschalom in his lab with Ph.D. students Kevin Miao, left, and Alexandre Bourassa, on Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Jean Lachat)

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering will become the university’s first new school in three decades, thanks to a $100 million commitment from the Pritzker Foundation.

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A suburban tragedy inspired new legislation that could aid students who face questioning by police inside their school.

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SAT scores may soon come with an “adversity score” to measure the challenges a student faces in just trying to get to college. We weigh the pros and cons.

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Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman tells us how early childhood education can impact a person’s life well into middle age.

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Chicago Teachers Union members hold a rally in the Loop on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (WTTW News)

Chicago Teachers Union members call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to make good on promises for educational equity. Meanwhile, upheaval at a Chicago Public Schools board meeting.

Statement often attributed to Nazis chosen as senior quote

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Highland Park High School (Google Maps)

Highland Park High School won’t be handing out its yearbooks on time after a statement linked to Nazi leaders was chosen as a senior quote.

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Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF / Facebook)

The suburban school district’s Board of Education voted Monday to spend $54,000 to reprint the books after more than a dozen photos were found of students displaying an upside-down “OK” hand gesture.

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Skinner West Elementary (Google Maps)

A 39-year-old teacher was charged with misdemeanor battery shortly after he was removed from his Near West Side elementary school following allegations of “inappropriate contact” with students.

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City Colleges of Chicago support staff announced a new contract on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Agreement was reached one day after the employees went on strike and held a rally downtown. (WTTW News)

A day after walking off the job and 10 hours of bargaining, striking employees at City Colleges of Chicago announced they had reached a tentative agreement with the administration.