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District requiring students take writing course by 5th grade after state law change

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Chicago Public Schools is updating its teaching policy around the handwriting form to meet new state law requirements.

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The Board of Education this week will vote on updates to its student code of conduct policy in an effort to promote equitable discipline practices throughout the school district.

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The district says it will spend $26 million to add 160 social workers and 94 special education case managers in schools across the city. 

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CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler during a Dec. 11, 2017 appearance on Chicago Tonight.

CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler is looking to hire a dozen employees to staff a new dedicated unit tasked with investigating sexual abuse allegations made by district students.

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The school district says this will be its largest capital spending plan in more than two decades. But the Chicago Teachers Union believes it’s a “hollow and dishonest” election-year stunt by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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One in four CPS schools failed a recent round of blitz inspections designed to examine things like overall cleanliness and pest control. See if your school passed or failed its inspection.

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CPS CEO Janice Jackson speaks during a press conference on Monday, June 18, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

District officials wants employees to "over-report" anything they believe could be sexual abuse inside schools. But educators worry about the practicality of that proposal.

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Laura Boedeker (Courtesy of Illinois State Board of Education)

Parents of Chicago’s special education students say they have concerns about the state's choice of an independent monitor to oversee the district's special education program.

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The office will be responsible for overseeing investigations into allegations of student-on-student abuse, ensuring students involved in any allegation are paired with an advocate. 

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(Don Harder / Flickr)

Statewide, school districts reported more than 2,000 unfilled positions last school year, with 43 percent of those in Chicago Public Schools alone.

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The announcement comes as CPS continues to deal with blowback from a Chicago Tribune series that detailed how the district repeatedly failed to protect students from sexual abuse and misconduct.

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Karen Lewis appears on Chicago Tonight on Sept. 5, 2017.

The powerful head of the Chicago Teachers Union cited her ongoing battle with brain cancer as the reason for stepping down, according to a statement to the Chicago Tribune.

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Beginning Monday, children and teens across Chicago will have access to free lunches during the summer.

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CPS officials Doug Henning, left, Matt Lyons, center, and Jadine Chou attend a hearing Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Nearly two dozen legislators grilled Chicago Public Schools officials for more than two hours Wednesday over the district’s mishandling of sexual abuse allegations going back at least a decade.

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National Teachers Academy parent Elisabeth Greer, center, and Candace Moore, right, of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, discuss their lawsuit outside the school Tuesday afternoon. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Why parents are hoping to reverse a decision that would turn their Level 1-plus elementary school on the city’s Near South Side into high school.

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From neighbors to roommates: How two Chicago schools are getting ready to merge as summer break begins.

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