Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss: April 29 – May 5, 2023

Commentary: CPS has room for both public and charter schools 

By Constance Jones for Crain’s Chicago Business 

“As the CEO of Noble Schools, the largest public charter school system in Chicago, it is my responsibility to choose optimism every day. That’s easy to do when I look at the data. “  

Illinois students will learn Native American history under a bill pending in Springfield 

By Susie An for WBEZ 

“A bill at the state capitol aims to [make] it a requirement for Illinois schools to teach a unit of Native American history. HB1633 passed the House and is now being considered in the Senate. Schools typically already include some Native American history in their curricula, but many Indigenous people say in Illinois that education is incomplete and possibly inaccurate.:

As Illinois children struggle to read, lawmakers want the state to create a literacy plan 

By Samantha Smylie for Chalkbeat Chicago

Illinois may soon have to create a statewide literacy plan aimed at helping students learn how to read.  Several bills regarding literacy — backed by a coalition of education advocates, teachers, and parents — are currently moving through the state legislature.”  

Chicago mayor looks to turn old South Shore High School into migrant shelter as more buses arrive

By Maxwell Evans for Block Club Chicago

“City officials want to shelter migrants at the old South Shore High School building amid a “humanitarian crisis” that’s pushed Chicago’s shelter system to its limits. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office will host a meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the former high school, 7627 S. Constance Ave., to discuss housing asylum seekers at the property. To register to attend the meeting, click here.”