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CTU, Garcia, Call For $15 An Hour Minimum Wage For CPS Workers

Teachers and other affiliated workers demonstrated outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters this morning, joining the chorus of those demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for Chicago workers. [ more › ]

Garcia wants $15 minimum wage at CPS, but won't say how to pay for it

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia joined the Chicago Teachers Union in a call for a $15 minimum wage for public schools employees and contractors on Wednesday, but did not say how the cash-strapped school district could pay for the expense.

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

On a sunny Chicago morning, I'm engaged in an education debate with an economist friend in NY: Can our children thrive in our cities' public schools? We even get into their math problems: Daniela has a dollar. Her mother wants 3 apples from the store. Show More Summary

Chuy Garcia Mayoral Ad Stretches The Truth About Rahm Emanuel's School Funding Decisions

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,”...Show More Summary

What would happen if CPS were allowed to go bankrupt?

You've heard about the huge budget deficit Chicago Public Schools faces. What that means is Chicago Public Schools may not be able to open for classes this fall.

Rahm Hit by Leftists

Looks like Salon.com wants to hamstring Rahm's national ambitions a bit: The city of Chicago and its public school system could recoup potentially billions of dollars in overpayments from complicated, unjust deals inked with Wall Street banks, if they pursued legal action or demanded enforcement from federal regulators. Show More Summary

Chicago schools' debt rating drops again, could trigger $228M in penalties

A second major bond rating agency has downgraded Chicago Public Schools' debt, which could trigger as much as $228 million in penalty payments and is likely to fuel the debate over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's financial stewardship in his runoff contest with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

CPS principals slam "Magic" contract, Emanuel contributions

The head of a Chicago Public Schools principals' group again condemned privatized school custodian contracts Thursday, including an $80 million deal connected to NBA Hall of Famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson, who has since donated $250,000 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign.

This Makes Perfect Sense

They had to close the schools in order to open one : Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno (1st) said Tuesday he wants to turn a hulking Humboldt Park building that once housed two of the record 50 Chicago Public Schools closed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel...Show More Summary

“Not true and they knew it”: What Rahm Emanuel’s Wall Street craze cost Chicago

Chicago's struggling public school system had a golden chance to reap billions. Here's where it all went wrong

Public Services and the Gentry: The Rahm Emanuel Edition

Maria Moser asks a good question: How on earth could something as silly as neighborhood public schools bedevil Rahm Emanuel right out of his incumbent throne as mayor of Chicago? The answer (boldface mine): Here’s what happened: Rahm systematically attacked … Continue reading ?

Chicago Public Schools to Mandate Latin American Studies for Kindergartners

Chicago Public Schools plans to make Latino and Latin American studies a required part of its curriculum beginning with students enrolled in kindergarten. According to Catalyst Chicago, kindergartners will learn the Mayan counting system,...Show More Summary

CPS credit rating takes hit

Chicago’s bad week of financial news continued Friday, as a major rating agency downgraded Chicago Public Schools’ debt to just one level above junk status.

CPS reverses course, will administer controversial test

In a major reversal, Chicago Public Schools on Monday said it will administer a controversial new standardized test to all 230,000 eligible students in the coming days. The decision was made under pressure from state education officials...Show More Summary

Monday Is Casimir Pulaski Day

The first Monday of March is that most Illinois of holidays, Pulaski Day. Most Cook County and Chicago government agencies and offices are closed. Chicago Public Schools will be open. Chicago Public Libraries are all closed. Most banks are open. Show More Summary

Chicago needs elected school board, study says

Chicago needs an elected, representative school board, according to a report citing greater inequity after 20 years of mayoral control of Chicago Public Schools and its appointed school board.

Blaming the Jackie Robinson West Little League scandal on Rahm Emanuel.

"Mayor Rahm closed half a dozen schools in Jackie Robinson West’s part of the city, and tried to close the school, Marcus Garvey, where the founder of JRW—Joe Haley—worked. Then Chicago Public Schools cut funding for high school freshman sports, laid off a thousand teachers. Show More Summary

CPS financial problems many, mayoral candidate solutions few

Chicago Public Schools faces gaping budget deficits, skyrocketing retirement costs and tough negotiations for a new teachers contract, but the candidates for mayor have offered few solutions on how they'd deal with some of the gravest financial challenges the city faces.

Extra Extra: CPS Back In Session Tomorrow

Chicago Public Schools will be back in session Tuesday. [ more › ]

CPS Closed Monday

In light of the snowstorm, which is expected to keep going overnight and produce up to 5 more inches of lake effect snow, Chicago Public Schools have canceled classes tomorrow. So has Lycee Francais on Bittersweet. To keep up with all the school closings, check CBS Chicago's list or add to the comments.

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