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Salon.com
When his father had Alzheimer’s, Jonathan Kozol learned how bleak gerontological care can be: “Good god, what happens to people who don’t have the advantages we had?”I don’t think anyone who read “ Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Sch
When his father had Alzheimer’s, Jonathan Kozol learned how bleak gerontological care can be: “Good god, what happens to people who don’t have the advantages we had?”
Salon.com / Posted 3 days ago
I don’t think anyone who read “ Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools” by Jonathan Kozol would easily forget it. It took me, a child of the leafy suburbs of affluent North Dallas, to a place that was unimaginably cruel and dehumanizing,... Read more
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Washington Post
Why hunger strikers are risking their health to save a Chicago public high schoolA dozen people are nearing the end of their second week of a hunger strike aime
Why hunger strikers are risking their health to save a Chicago public high school
Washington Post / Posted 4 days ago
A dozen people are nearing the end of their second week of a hunger strike aimed not only at keeping alive Walter H. Dyett High School High School in Bronzeville on the South Side of Chicago, but also at underscoring the damaging effects of modern... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
CPS exec says can't offer hunger strikers a Dyett decision yetHunger strike protesters trying to save a high school racheted up the pressure
CPS exec says can't offer hunger strikers a Dyett decision yet
Chicago Tribune / Posted 5 days ago
Hunger strike protesters trying to save a high school racheted up the pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to meet their demands on Thursday, with supporters delivering a letter to City Hall detailing the health dangers to those who say they've gone... Read more
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Daily Chronicle
Report: Teacher pension perk not uncommon across IllinoisThe issue is in the spotlight as Illinois’ largest district, Chicago Public Sch
Report: Teacher pension perk not uncommon across Illinois
Daily Chronicle / Posted 6 days ago
The issue is in the spotlight as Illinois’ largest district, Chicago Public Schools, is in the middle of tense contract negotiations and is seeking help from legislators. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants teachers to pay the full contribution. The... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Chicago Board of Education approves new budget amid hunger strike, protestsCHICAGO — The board of a school district saddled with a $1-billion deficit, tha
Chicago Board of Education approves new budget amid hunger strike, protests
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 6 days ago
CHICAGO — The board of a school district saddled with a $1-billion deficit, that has a junk bond rating and teacher pension crisis, just passed a budget with a $500 million dollar hole that only Springfield can fill. One had to pay close attention,... Read more
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WBEZ91.5
Chicago Board of Education passes budget, banks on imaginary moneyThe Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved a multibillion dollar budge
Chicago Board of Education passes budget, banks on imaginary money
WBEZ91.5 / Posted 6 days ago
The Chicago Board of Education unanimously approved a multibillion dollar budget that relies on imaginary money. District officials admitted the $5.7 billion operating budget will need to be amended after the school year starts. “We recognize this... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Activists go hungry in bid to save Dyett High School from closureFor nine days, Jitu Brown has ignored the aching pangs from his stomach, the pa
Activists go hungry in bid to save Dyett High School from closure
Chicago Tribune / Posted 6 days ago
For nine days, Jitu Brown has ignored the aching pangs from his stomach, the passing dizzy spells and sluggishness that comes from living without solid foods. Brown, 49, is one of a dozen local activists refusing to eat to draw attention to the... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Mayor's CPS board debates budget nearly $500 million short without more state helpThe Chicago Board of Education is debating a new budget Wednesday before voting
Mayor's CPS board debates budget nearly $500 million short without more state help
Chicago Tribune / Posted 6 days ago
The Chicago Board of Education is debating a new budget Wednesday before voting on a spending plan that's marked by a nearly $500 million hole for Springfield to fill and could result in mid-year borrowing and cuts if that doesn't happen. Board... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Chicago Board of Ed to Vote on New Budget Amid ProtestsThe Chicago Board of Education met Wednesday to vote on the budget for Fiscal Y
Chicago Board of Ed to Vote on New Budget Amid Protests
NBC Chicago / Posted 7 days ago
The Chicago Board of Education met Wednesday to vote on the budget for Fiscal Year 2016 as some members of the Chicago Teachers Union protested outside CPS headquarters. Included in the vote is $1.04 billion in bonds for existing capital projects,... Read more
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KFVS 12 Cape Girardeau
Teacher pension perk not uncommon across IllinoisCHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or
Teacher pension perk not uncommon across Illinois
KFVS 12 Cape Girardeau / Posted 7 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or most of their teachers' retirement contributions. The issue is in the spotlight as Illinois' largest district is in the middle of tense contract negotiations and the... Read more
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The Champaign News-Gazette
Opposition surfaces to redistricting amendmentFor the first time in three attempts to pass an independent redistricting map-m
Opposition surfaces to redistricting amendment
The Champaign News-Gazette / Posted 7 days ago
For the first time in three attempts to pass an independent redistricting map-making amendment to the Illinois Constitution, there's organized opposition to the idea. Supporters of the amendment say that's a sign that the political powers that be... Read more
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FOX 2 News St. Louis
Report: Teacher pension perk not uncommon across IllinoisCHICAGO (AP) _ Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or
Report: Teacher pension perk not uncommon across Illinois
FOX 2 News St. Louis / Posted 7 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) _ Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or most of their teachers’ retirement contributions. The issue is in the spotlight as Illinois’ largest district is in the middle of tense contract negotiations and the... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Teacher pension perk not uncommon across IllinoisCHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or
Teacher pension perk not uncommon across Illinois
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 7 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or most of their teachers' retirement contributions. The issue is in the spotlight as Illinois' largest district is in the middle of tense contract negotiations and the... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Little-noticed pension perk for teachers widespread in IllinoisA brief but significant phrase appears about halfway through the 106-page teach
Little-noticed pension perk for teachers widespread in Illinois
Chicago Tribune / Posted 7 days ago
A brief but significant phrase appears about halfway through the 106-page teachers union contract in northwest suburban School District 21: "The Board shall pay the entire amount of the staff member's contribution to the Teachers' Retirement System... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Teacher pension perk not uncommon across IllinoisCHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or
Teacher pension perk not uncommon across Illinois
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 7 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of school districts across Illinois cover either all or most of their teachers' retirement contributions. The issue is in the spotlight as Illinois' largest district is in the middle of tense contract negotiations and the... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
What's Claypool's plan to keep CPS from going broke?Forrest Claypool's first budget as chief executive of Chicago Public Schools re
What's Claypool's plan to keep CPS from going broke?
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 10 days ago
Forrest Claypool's first budget as chief executive of Chicago Public Schools regrettably continues a time-honored local tradition—borrowing money to buy time. To help close a $1.1 billion gap, Claypool relies heavily on $255 million in “debt... Read more
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Washington Post
Activist teachers challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on corporate school reformSen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential contender, speaks at the 59th an
Activist teachers challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on corporate school reform
Washington Post / Posted 12 days ago
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential contender, speaks at the 59th annual Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention on Aug. 18 in Las Vegas. (LE Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP) Earlier this month, a group of activist teachers wrote an... Read more
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WGN Radio Chicago
Top Five@5 -Today on the Five: 5) On the 10 year anniversary, New Orleans remembers the dev
Top Five@5 -
WGN Radio Chicago / Posted 14 days ago
Today on the Five: 5) On the 10 year anniversary, New Orleans remembers the devastation of hurricane Katrina; 4) Governor Bruce Rauner announces new legislation to pay for Chicago’s public schools but the Chicago Teachers Union is not happy; 3) A... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Rauner Offers CPS $200 Million for Pension CostsGov. Bruce Rauner offered a compromise to Chicago Public Schools Monday when he
Rauner Offers CPS $200 Million for Pension Costs
NBC Chicago / Posted 15 days ago
Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a compromise to Chicago Public Schools Monday when he proposed a two-year property tax freeze along with $200 million in pension and health care costs for the district. Calling it the "Local Government Taxpayer Protection... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
CPS and pensions: It's a math problemMore than 2,000 nonunion Chicago Public Schools employees — including executive
CPS and pensions: It's a math problem
Chicago Tribune / Posted 15 days ago
More than 2,000 nonunion Chicago Public Schools employees — including executives — will find their paychecks a little lighter next month. They'll be paying more of their pension costs, instead of the district picking up most of the tab as it has for... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Rauner again ties CPS bailout to property tax freeze, anti-union measuresGov. Bruce Rauner on Monday once again held out the possibility of pension reli
Rauner again ties CPS bailout to property tax freeze, anti-union measures
Chicago Tribune / Posted 15 days ago
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday once again held out the possibility of pension relief for cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, tying it to a property tax freeze, new education funding formula and anti-union measures. This time, the first-year... Read more
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WGN Radio Chicago
The Sunday Spin Full Show : Hal Dardick,Todd Lighty and Chris MooneyThe Sunday Spin Full Show 08/16/15: Hal Dardick,Todd Lighty and Chris Mooney H
The Sunday Spin Full Show : Hal Dardick,Todd Lighty and Chris Mooney
WGN Radio Chicago / Posted 16 days ago
The Sunday Spin Full Show 08/16/15: Hal Dardick,Todd Lighty and Chris Mooney Here’s your lineup for The Sunday Spin. First, we’ll have our weekly spin through national politics. Then, Tribune colleague Hal Dardick joins the show as we update the... Read more
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WGN Radio Chicago
Tensions and finances rise for CPS schoolsChicago Public Schools' Central Office in the Loop. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tr
Tensions and finances rise for CPS schools
WGN Radio Chicago / Posted 16 days ago
Chicago Public Schools' Central Office in the Loop. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune) Chicago Public Schools' Central Office in the Loop. (Michael Tercha, Chicago Tribune) Tribune colleague Hal Dardick joins Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin to the... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Another ratings agency downgrades CPS to junk statusAll three major debt rating agencies now rate Chicago Public Schools' bonds as
Another ratings agency downgrades CPS to junk status
Chicago Tribune / Posted 18 days ago
All three major debt rating agencies now rate Chicago Public Schools' bonds as "junk." Standard & Poor's downgraded the district's debt late Friday, citing a precarious budget plan for the coming school year. CPS's revenues do not match expenses... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
CTU, CPS agree to bring mediator into contract talksThe Chicago Teachers Union and the school district have agreed to enlist a medi
CTU, CPS agree to bring mediator into contract talks
Chicago Tribune / Posted 19 days ago
The Chicago Teachers Union and the school district have agreed to enlist a mediator in efforts to reach a new contract. "It's one of those things that the parties do when you don't have a contract done, by law," said CTU attorney Robert Bloch. "We... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Can CPS force pension concessions on teachers?Chicago Public Schools officials have found a legal weapon that could force pen
Can CPS force pension concessions on teachers?
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 21 days ago
Chicago Public Schools officials have found a legal weapon that could force pension concessions from the Chicago Teachers Union—or blow up in their faces. The device is an untested clause in the teachers' contract that could allow CPS to... Read more
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Tucson Weekly
Chicago Teachers Union Pissed at Tucson Writer Over Political Erotica NovelThe Chicago Teachers Union is pissed at a Tucson writer—who goes by the pseudon
Chicago Teachers Union Pissed at Tucson Writer Over Political Erotica Novel
Tucson Weekly / Posted 21 days ago
The Chicago Teachers Union is pissed at a Tucson writer—who goes by the pseudonym Gabby Matthews—over a political erotica novel he wrote about a teachers strike that shut down part of Chicago's public school system for about a week back in 2012. The... Read more
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Daily Chronicle
Chicago schools budget banks on state funds not yet approvedThe spending plan had been expected to be bleak, with officials in the nation’s
Chicago schools budget banks on state funds not yet approved
Daily Chronicle / Posted 22 days ago
The spending plan had been expected to be bleak, with officials in the nation’s third-largest district struggling to close a more than $1.1 billion shortfall. CPS officials acknowledged that the proposal – which includes teacher layoffs and a... Read more
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SaukValley.com
Chicago schools budget banks on state funds not yet approvedThe spending plan had been expected to be bleak, with officials in the nation’s
Chicago schools budget banks on state funds not yet approved
SaukValley.com / Posted 22 days ago
The spending plan had been expected to be bleak, with officials in the nation’s third-largest district struggling to close a more than $1.1 billion shortfall. CPS officials acknowledged that the proposal – which includes teacher layoffs and a... Read more
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Reuters
Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staffTeacher Jenna Rosenberg speaks to her first grade class at Walsh Elementary Sch
Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staff
Reuters / Posted 22 days ago
Teacher Jenna Rosenberg speaks to her first grade class at Walsh Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois, March 1, 2013. CHICAGO Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Chicago Schools Budget Banks on State Funds Not Yet ApprovedOfficials with cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools ratcheted up their plea for
Chicago Schools Budget Banks on State Funds Not Yet Approved
NBC Chicago / Posted 22 days ago
Officials with cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools ratcheted up their plea for help from Springfield on Monday, detailing a proposed $5.7 billion operating budget that banks on nearly $500 million in pension relief from the state that might not get... Read more
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Northwest Herald
Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, nearly 500 teacher layoffsOfficials announced details Monday for what was already expected to be a tough
Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, nearly 500 teacher layoffs
Northwest Herald / Posted 22 days ago
Officials announced details Monday for what was already expected to be a tough budget. CPS officials acknowledge the budget is an "unsustainable" mix of borrowing and cuts, but say it's necessary to make a required $676 million teacher pension... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
CPS budget calls for nearly 500 teacher layoffsCHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion budget
CPS budget calls for nearly 500 teacher layoffs
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 22 days ago
CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion budget that includes nearly 500 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in new state funding that might not come. Officials announced details Monday for what was already... Read more
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Bangor Daily News
Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staffCHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teacher
Chicago public schools to lay off 1,500 teachers and staff
Bangor Daily News / Posted 22 days ago
CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a previously announced, $200 million budget cut and a shift in student enrollment. The announcement came as CPS released its... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
CPS starts sending out the pink slips(Reuters) — Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teach
CPS starts sending out the pink slips
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 22 days ago
(Reuters) — Chicago Public Schools on Monday began notifying nearly 1,500 teachers and support staff who are being fired amid a previously announced, $200 million budget cut and a shift in student enrollment. The announcement came as CPS released... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, teacher layoffsCHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion bu
Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, teacher layoffs
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 23 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion budget that includes nearly 500 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in new funding from state government that might not come. Officials announced the details Monday.... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, teacher layoffsCHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion bu
Chicago schools budget calls for borrowing, teacher layoffs
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 23 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Public Schools officials have proposed a $5.7 billion budget that includes nearly 500 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in new funding from state government that might not come. Officials announced the details Monday.... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Chicago schools CEO warns of day of reckoning this winterChicago Public Schools today rolled out an unbalanced fiscal 2016 budget that c
Chicago schools CEO warns of day of reckoning this winter
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 23 days ago
Chicago Public Schools today rolled out an unbalanced fiscal 2016 budget that calls for 479 teacher layoffs, huge borrowing and a near halt to capital projects. Even with an influx of tax increment financing cash, though, the school system will hit a... Read more
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NBC Chicago
CPS Announces More Than 450 LayoffsChicago Public Schools on Monday announced that more than 450 teachers will be
CPS Announces More Than 450 Layoffs
NBC Chicago / Posted 23 days ago
Chicago Public Schools on Monday announced that more than 450 teachers will be laid off. The teachers are expected to receive notices Monday. “As in the past, CPS will offer affected teachers the opportunity to reapply for positions within CPS,”... Read more
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FOX News Chicago
Groups to protest state budget impasseCHICAGO (FOX 32 News/ AP) - Some days, it feels as if we will never have a budg
Groups to protest state budget impasse
FOX News Chicago / Posted 23 days ago
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News/ AP) - Some days, it feels as if we will never have a budget for the state of Illinois. Monday morning, some people say they are fed up with the inaction by lawmakers in Springfield. Community activists from organizations such... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Deborah Quazzo’s commitment to education outlasts school board controversyDeborah Quazzo is a Type A executive who's passionate about family, exercise an
Deborah Quazzo’s commitment to education outlasts school board controversy
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 25 days ago
Deborah Quazzo is a Type A executive who's passionate about family, exercise and her work as an angel investor in education technology companies. “She has an amazing ability to bring energy and momentum to whatever topic she happens to be focused... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
The debt bomb: Survival, suicide pacts and IllinoisThe frail school district that educates nearly 400,000 young Chicagoans is gasp
The debt bomb: Survival, suicide pacts and Illinois
Chicago Tribune / Posted 25 days ago
The frail school district that educates nearly 400,000 young Chicagoans is gasping to lower its personnel costs. City Hall, too, fears the remote but real specter of bankruptcy. Cook County and many suburbs have awakened to their own debt crises. On... Read more
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WBEZ91.5
CTU president Karen Lewis calls potential pension payment increase 'strike-worthy'Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is sounding the alarm: Ongoing con
CTU president Karen Lewis calls potential pension payment increase 'strike-worthy'
WBEZ91.5 / Posted 25 days ago
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is sounding the alarm: Ongoing contract negotiations with Chicago Public Schools, and says the notion that teachers should pay more into Chicago’s severely underfunded teachers pension fund is... Read more
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WGN TV Chicago
Pension fund at center of CPS/CTU contract talksCHICAGO — Chicago teachers have done it before, but could it happen again? Aft
Pension fund at center of CPS/CTU contract talks
WGN TV Chicago / Posted 25 days ago
CHICAGO — Chicago teachers have done it before, but could it happen again? After months of negotiating with Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis says she thought they were close to a contract agreement. One she says... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
CTU president says pension pickup issue 'strike-worthy'Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Friday that the district's wi
CTU president says pension pickup issue 'strike-worthy'
Chicago Tribune / Posted 25 days ago
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Friday that the district's withdrawal of a one-year contract offer was "disingenuous, disturbing and destructive" and called efforts by the city to have teachers pay their full pension contributions... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Teachers union chief takes a strike off the table--for nowChicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis today took a possible strike off t
Teachers union chief takes a strike off the table--for now
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 25 days ago
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis today took a possible strike off the table until at least "late fall or early winter." That's good news for parents who have been wondering what to expect when schools reopen next month. But the union... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
This ex-CPS board member is leaving controversy behindDeborah Quazzo is a Type A executive who’s passionate about family, exercise an
This ex-CPS board member is leaving controversy behind
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 26 days ago
Deborah Quazzo is a Type A executive who’s passionate about family, exercise and her work as an angel investor in education technology companies. “She has an amazing ability to bring energy and momentum to whatever topic she happens to be focused... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Gov. Bruce Rauner calls out Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says help goes two waysRepublican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday called out Mayor Rahm Emanuel as "unwi
Gov. Bruce Rauner calls out Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says help goes two ways
Chicago Tribune / Posted 26 days ago
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday called out Mayor Rahm Emanuel as "unwilling" to help him pass his pro-business, anti-union agenda at the Capitol, suggesting Chicago get on board in return for financial help for Chicago Public... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Chicago Public Schools pulls 1-year offer to teachers, seeks multiChicago Public Schools on Thursday said it withdrew an offer for a one-year con
Chicago Public Schools pulls 1-year offer to teachers, seeks multi
Chicago Tribune / Posted 26 days ago
Chicago Public Schools on Thursday said it withdrew an offer for a one-year contract agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union and will begin a push for a multi-year deal. A CPS spokeswoman said lawyers for both sides had agreed to meet next... Read more
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NBC Chicago
CPS Students Protest Changing Start TimesSchool hasn't even started and the protests have already begun. Several Chicag
CPS Students Protest Changing Start Times
NBC Chicago / Posted 27 days ago
School hasn't even started and the protests have already begun. Several Chicago Public School students took a stand in Daley Plaza Wednesday to protest the changing start times at more than 80 schools, which will take effect with the new school... Read more
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