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Something Odd Here

We read this yesterday, but something seemed off: Teachers for Chicago Public Schools took to the streets Thursday to fight for a new contract, days after bargaining-team members rejected an offer from the Board of Education. Hundreds of teachers took over LaSalle Street, between Monroe and Adams, CBS 2’s [...]Show More Summary

A Look at the 10 Ways Rauner Wants to Change, Improve Education in Illinois

Illinois schools have hit a big rough patch this year, what with Chicago Public Schools' huge budget gap, continuing funding disparities throughout the state and public colleges struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the state budget impasse. Show More Summary

Chicago Teachers Union Closes its Bank of America Account in Protest

The union draws attention to the bank's toxic lending practices while it fights for a new contract. After the Chicago Teachers Union rejected Chicago Public Schools' latest contract proposal, district officials said they would stop paying a sizable portion of teacher pension contributions and make cuts to school budgets. Show More Summary

How Chicago Students Are Fighting Disgusting School Lunches

Claiming that their cafeteria offerings—provided by private contractor Aramark—are "disgusting" and "rotten," students in Chicago Public Schools have started a boycott to fight for their right to a decent, nutritious lunch.

Teachers union has triple the public support of Emanuel

Three times as many Chicagoans side with the teachers union as with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on how to improve public schools at a time when the two sides remain locked in contentious contract negotiations, a Chicago Tribune poll has found. The survey also found that Emanuel's approval rating on education...

Chicago Public Schools. Staving off collapse. For now.

Chicago Public Schools managed to sell $725 million in bonds. Only after Mayor Rahm Emanuel hustled to New York to make a personal pitch to buyers. Only after CPS agreed to pay punishing interest rates of up to 8.5 percent. Only after CPS scaled down its original bid to sell close to $1.2 billion...

CPS borrows $725 million at extraordinarily high interest rate

After putting a long-anticipated bond sale on hold last week, Chicago Public Schools managed to borrow $725 million Wednesday by promising investors extraordinarily high interest rates. Bonds issued by taxing bodies like CPS are normally considered sound investments, but that's not the case with...

Chicago Public Schools Is Bleeding Out But Neither The Teachers Union Nor The Governor Will Help

The other day, I woke up to the news that 292 people were shot and 51 people murdered in Chicago in the first month of the New Year. Then later in the day, I learned that the tentative offer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made to the Chicago...Show More Summary

Teachers Union Calls $100 Million In Public Schools Cuts 'Act Of War'

Just as Gov. Bruce Rauner pushes his plan for the state to takeover the Chicago Public Schools, the district announced a plan to make $100 million in cuts. [ more › ]

Rauner tries to jump-start dead CPS takeover plan

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner said Tuesday he's directed his State Board of Education to begin a financial review of Chicago Public Schools and start the search for a new superintendent, even though legislation he wants to authorize a state takeover is dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled...

Chicago schools will cut $165 million from budget after teachers reject contract offer

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The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will cut about $165 million from its current budget through layoffs and lower pension contributions after its contract offer to teachers was rejected on Monday, school Chief Executive Forrest Claypool said on Tuesday. He said that officials at the nation’s...

Chicago Teachers Union calls proposed cuts by district 'an act of war'

A day after the Chicago Teachers Union rejected a contract proposal from the city, Chicago Public Schools chief Forrest Claypool said Tuesday the district will unilaterally institute a key provision in the offer and stop picking up pension contributions for teachers. Claypool also said the district...

Rauner Says The State Is Preparing A Chicago Public Schools Takeover

To Rauner, the state somehow has a better chance of striking a deal with the teachers union than the city at this point. [ more › ]

CPS, CTU and contract talks: What kind of deal was this?

If you're the parent of a Chicago public school student, you probably felt the earth shake a little Monday afternoon when the Chicago Teachers Union announced it had rejected a contract proposal that CTU leaders only last week had deemed a "serious offer." Was it a good deal? A bad deal? Who could...

Forrest Claypool brings network of colleagues, political supporters to CPS

In the six months since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed him to take over Chicago Public Schools, Forrest Claypool has tapped into a network of his longtime aides, consultants and political supporters to help overhaul a district beset by scandal and poor finances. Former colleagues and past donors...

Teachers would pay more toward pensions under city's latest contract offer

Chicago Public Schools' contract offer to teachers would bar layoffs, cap the number of privately run charter schools and provide moderate pay increases as part of a four-year deal, sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed Friday. In exchange for those provisions, teachers would have to...

Teachers would pay more toward pensions under city's latest contract offer

Chicago Public Schools' contract offer to teachers would bar layoffs, cap the number of privately run charter schools and provide moderate pay increases as part of a four-year deal, sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed Friday. In exchange for those provisions, teachers would have to...

Chicago Public Schools' exorbitant borrowing does not serve children

Chicago Public Schools has generated some drama this week with its bid to sell $875 million in bonds at punishing interest rates. Even though buyers were expected to get a jaw-dropping 7.75 percent interest rate on the debt, CPS couldn't lure enough of them when it went to market Wednesday. School...

Chicago Teachers Union considering 'serious offer' from school board

The Chicago Teachers Union said Thursday that it will take a "serious offer" from Chicago Public Schools to a team of negotiators next week for a vote, signaling a step forward in talks that have dragged on for more than a year. The union said it is taking the district's offer to its "Big Bargaining...

Claypool says stalled CPS bond deal will be done by 'early next week'

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool on Thursday expressed confidence that a stalled bond issue critical to getting through the school year without major cuts will be completed by early next week, but he didn't offer many specifics as to why. He spoke a day after the $875 million bond deal...

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