Public watchdog for CPS releases final report on sexual misconduct at Marine Leadership Academy, finding 12 employees violated policy
A public watchdog for Chicago Public Schools has concluded an investigation into sexual misconduct at Marine Leadership Academy, finding that 12 CPS employees and a school board member committed policy violations.chicagotribune.com
Paternal grandmother of one of Gloria Williams’ children speaks to KPRC 2
The grandmother of one of the children of Gloria Williams, the mother whose 8-year-old son's skeletal remains were found in a west Harris County apartment, spoke exclusively to KPRC 2 in an effort to help others understand how the story of the young children took a tragic turn.
With Illinois schools fully reopening in the fall, Chicago Public Schools and some suburban districts will offer distance learning for kids at risk of COVID-19 exposure
As Illinois school districts prepare for fully reopened classrooms in the fall, city and suburban educators are now reviewing applications for “medically vulnerable” students who hope to continue remote learning to avoid the risk of contracting COVID-19.chicagotribune.com
CPS graduates during the pandemic: What new studies say about where they went to college, how COVID-19 changed things
How has COVID-19 affected college enrollment/,/ and what makes a student successful on the path to a degree? Two recently published reports by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the To&Through Project get at these questions, providing insights researchers hope can improve college outcomes, particularly among Chicago Public Schools alumni.chicagotribune.com
Where CPS students intend to go back to in-person learning: Search for your school
The next step in opening Chicago Public Schools to in-person learning is on track to start Monday with high school students eligible to head back to classrooms for the first time since schools shut last spring. Search for your school.chicagotribune.com
Company in charge of vaccinating CPS employees misallocated 6,000 vaccines, Chicago Health Department says: ‘This is completely unacceptable behavior’
“My priority is getting Chicago vaccinated and making sure that if we have providers who are not performing in ways that meet our efficiency equity and general goals around vaccination, they won’t be vaccine providers for us right now, and I want to really keep the focus on making sure that we get vaccine to the parts of the city that need it most,” Arwady said. “And that’s really where our priority is and where it’s going to remain.”chicagotribune.com
On the anniversary of Illinois’ coronavirus school shutdown, CPS sets goal of first vaccines for all employees by April to help ‘get us back to normal’
“While it is understandable why CPS would need to know an employee’s vaccination status to review an application for a 4th quarter telework accommodation based upon an employee’s COVID-19 high-risk status, it would be a violation of our Framework Agreement for CPS to terminate granted accommodations prior to the conclusion of the 3rd Quarter,” according to the letter. “... For now, the Union does not have an agreement with CPS on this issue and we do not believe they can mandate disclosure until we complete negotiations. We recommend that CTU members wait to complete the disclosure survey if you believe it could negatively impact any accommodations you have been granted or requested.”chicagotribune.com
Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what happened March 17 with COVID-19 in the Chicago area
CPS CEO Janice Jackson said the goal is to have all staff members receive a vaccination by the end of March. The district hopes to bring high school students back to classrooms next month — announcing on Tuesday a “target” return date of April 19 — and is bargaining with the Chicago Teachers Union over an agreement to do so. CPS has not yet provided in-person attendance data for elementary students, who returned in three waves culminating March 8. During a news conference Wednesday, Jackson said she was not aware the data had not been released.chicagotribune.com
COVID-19 relief package could mean $5 billion for Illinois schools, including almost $2 billion for CPS
“COVID-19 has created unprecedented financial challenges for schools throughout the country. ... It’s never been more essential to ensure public schools — particularly those that serve high numbers of Black and Latinx students from low-income households — are equitably funded and have the resources necessary to address the unprecedented needs brought on by the pandemic,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson said in a Thursday statement.chicagotribune.com
Mother claims her 3-year-old daughter died after being placed in couples’ custody
Huey Hamilton, 53, and Shawanda Hamilton, 36, are each charged with injury to a child in connection with the beating death of Tarija Carter. The little girl died in January 2020, and it took months of investigation to determine the cause and circumstances of her death. Tarija was left with the Hamiltons by her birth mother, Rhodashinique Phillips. She said CPS decided to place Tarija and her 1-year-old sister with the Hamiltons for safety. When Phillps complained, she said her CPS caseworker told her she might lose custody if she tried to go get them.
Woman saves toddler who ran onto busy freeway’s exit in middle of night in Fort Bend County, officials say
That’s what happened to Ms. Davis, who didn’t want her full identity revealed, Sunday at 9:30 p.m. the Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway interchange in Fort Bend County near Cinco Ranch. “It frightened him, He was crying, he was hysterical.”After stopping her vehicle, Davis and her husband grabbed the little boy and placed him inside their vehicle -- even as other cars continued to drive by at normal speeds. Davis said she is thankful she was there to help and thankful he was reunited with his mother. “Because I didn’t sleep because I was like, ‘What if they just dropped this kid off?’ I was thinking some of everything.”CPS was called to the ER where the boy was determined to be in good health. CPS released the child to the mother pending its open investigation for neglectful supervision.