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By Mila Koumpilova, Chalkbeat Chicago Student attendance dipped in Chicago’s public schools this fall, especially for Black students and those with special needs.

Chicago district officials presented attendance and grading data to their school board Wednesday — and argued that widening academic disparities are a key reason to push for reopening school buildings in early 2021 despite rising coronavirus infections in the city.

But during its regular monthly meeting, the board also heard sharp criticism of the latest plan from elected officials, a parent advocacy group, and the Chicago Teachers Union.

The union has remained staunchly opposed to reopening school buildings, and its leaders took fresh aim at the district’s equity argument on social media after the meeting.

The district now says clerks will work in-person three days a week.

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