Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: August 6 – August 12, 2022

‘I really did miss school’: Chicago charter students excited to be back weeks earlier than other kids


By The CBS Chicago Team

“ It’s back to school already for thousands of students around the city on Monday. It’s weeks earlier than many schools. But for students at several Learn Charter campuses, including North Lawndale, it’s a day they said they’ve waited for all summer long. CBS 2’s Joe Donlon has the story. “Coming back this early it was a reality check. I was like ‘dang I start school Monday,'” said eight grader Trison Phillips. While most kids are soaking up the last few weeks of summer break, the students at Learn Charter Schools are back in the classroom today.”

A Note From Our CEO: First Day of School – Thursday, August 25

By The Noble Schools

“Dear Noble Students and Families,  I hope you all are having a wonderful and safe summer. This year, the first day of school for students will be on Thursday, August 25th. In just three weeks, we will be welcoming over 12,000 students into our schools all across the City of Chicago. Our teachers, administrators, and staff have been gearing up to have a strong start to the school year, and we are looking forward to a great year together. Many schools are hosting orientations to equip students and families with the most up to date information for the school year. Reach out to your campus directly for dates and times.”

Chicago Public Schools Loses Another $30 Million in Expected State Funding

By NBC Chicago

“A change in state funding has caused Chicago Public Schools to lose almost $30 million in expected state money, representing yet another hit as district officials warn of ramifications in both the near and distant future.”

Illinois faces ‘huge shortage’ of teachers, other academic professionals ahead of the school year

By Chris Tye for CBS Chicago

“The final two weeks of summer break is upon us for Chicago Public School students. As they eek out the last bit of summer fun, those in charge of running the schools are racing to fill positions. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports on the shortage of educators statewide, despite efforts to get more applicants interested. Remember last fall, districts were so short on staff in places like Evanston and Skokie, they had to extend Thanksgiving break because subs were at a premium? Since then, the number of open positions in Illinois schools has jumped 28%.”


Back-to-school haircuts offered by South Side nonprofit get students ready to return to class

By Mitch Dudek for The Chicago Sun-Times

“It was the beginning of a 30-day back-to-school haircut drive offered at the storefront headquarters of I Am A Gentleman, a nonprofit youth mentorship and leadership program for young people ages 13 to 21 who are from under-resourced communities in the city. “I’m a product of Chicago Public Schools and really wanted to make sure I was a model to other young men to let them know they can achieve despite difficult and unique circumstances,” he said.”

Chicago Public Schools Releases 2022-23 COVID Guidelines: What You Need to Know


“As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighs potential changes to a host of COVID protocols, Chicago Public Schools has announced the tweaks it will make to the district’s handling of the virus this fall.”