March 15, 2023
Chicago Daily Reads: Today's Top Stories

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How Brandon Johnson’s organizing roots set the stage for Chicago mayoral run

The former middle school teacher joined a social justice movement propelled by the Chicago Teachers Union. Now he faces Paul Vallas, one of the union’s biggest political foes, in the runoff election for City Hall.

Pandemic stress, gangs, and utter fear fueled a rise in teen shootings

The number of children under 18 who killed someone with a firearm jumped from836 in 2019 to 1,150 in 2020.

I was once a struggling math student. Now I teach the subject that terrified me.

Who better to demystify this often-feared subject than someone who knows what math anxiety feels like?

What’s in Black history courses Illinois teachers have created?

Since 1990, Illinois has required its schools to teach Black history. But the law is vague, and the state board of education does not have a required list of books and curriculum for teachers to use. A few Illinois teachers talked to Chalkbeat about Black history lesson plans they’ve created.

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