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Susie An

Susie An

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Susie An is a reporter for WBEZ and covers state and suburban education.

She also serves as an occasional news anchor and show host on WBEZ. She’s directed shows like, Schools on the Line, a past WBEZ call-in show focusing on education in Chicago. Her work has also been heard on NPR, CBC and BBC. Susie joined WBEZ as a news desk intern in September 2007. Prior to joining WBEZ, Susie worked at the Peoria Journal Star newspaper and worked as an acquisitions editor for Publications International, Ltd.

Susie’s work has won awards from the Associated Press and Chicago Headline Club. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Susie has been a Chicago resident since 2006.

Recent Stories

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Schools FAQ: How Long Will The K-12 School Shutdown Last?

Also, what are “remote learning days?” Are statewide standardized tests canceled in Illinois?

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Week One Of Remote Learning In Illinois Wraps Up With Frustration And Uncertainty

COVID-19 school closures have Illinois families wondering how long remote learning can realistically last.

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Most Illinois School Districts Are Unprepared For E-Learning

The state says school work assigned during the two-week school shutdown should only count it will increase a student’s academic standing.

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Are Native American High School Mascots On Their Way Out In Illinois?

A bill to make it harder for Illinois schools to have Native American mascots is making its way through the state legislature.

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Public Schools Try Ditching A-to-F Letter Grades

School without letter grades is often associated with private schools, but more public schools are trying this progressive style of grading.

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LGBTQ Youth Leaders Send ‘Signals To Their Peers That You Can Be Out’

A Buffalo Grove teen is named a national LGBTQ “youth ambassador” at a time when more people are coming out at younger ages.

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‘Let’s Be Honest With Students’: Beyond The Idea That College Is Always The Answer

Four-year college isn’t right for all students, and a group in north suburban Waukegan says that’s OK.

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College Debt On High School Syllabus

Total student debt reached its highest this year. A high school course teaches students what to expect and how to manage debt.

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Naperville Schools Try To Rebuild Trust After Incident Exposes Persistent Race Issues

A recent racist post at a Naperville school is highlighting long-standing problems the district says it’s committed to addressing.

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Common Core: Higher Expectations, Flat Results

After 10 years, Common Core isn’t living up to its promise — even while teachers say it’s changed the classroom experience for the better.

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Naperville Parents Say Racism Isn't New In Schools

School district officials heard from weary parents Thursday, one day after a student was charged after allegedly posting a racist ad online.

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Palatine School District Approves Full Bathroom Rights For Transgender Students

After a long battle, Illinois’ largest high school district votes to give transgender students full access to restrooms and locker rooms.

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State Test Scores Are Out: How Did Your School Do?

Elementary state test scores went up slightly and SAT averages saw a small dip. See your school's SAT scores in our searchable database.

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Changing Classrooms: School Boards Are Mostly White, Even Though Schools Are Not

School districts can’t control who gets elected to the school board, but they can play a key role in who participates.

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Provocative PSA Shocks And Urges Talk About School Shootings

A new back-to-school video from Sandy Hook parents aims to prod schools and communities to focus on preventing school shootings.

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School District Reimagines Education System To Start At Birth

A new program in a north suburban school district is educating needy children as early as birth.

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Black Parents In Naperville Aim to Build Community, Close Achievement Gap

A group of parents in Naperville have banded together in a district where just 15% of students are black or Hispanic.

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Changing Classrooms: ‘I’ve Never Had A Class With An African American Teacher’

Schools across the region are enrolling more students of color. Some with largely white teachers are taking a serious look at how they teach.

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Crash Course In American High School For New Migrant Students

Fenton High School is piloting a program for newcomers after seeing an uptick in migrant students over the past few years.

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Report: Illinois School District Lines Can Reinforce Segregation

Segregation in school is unconstitutional, but integration can’t be mandated across school districts.

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