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Chicago Schools Chief Takes Leave Amid Federal Probe of $20,000,000 Contract

Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Friday began a paid leave of absence amid a wide-ranging federal investigation of her inner circle of advisers and a $20.5 million no-bid contract to an education-consulting firm that once employed her, according to ABC 7.

Feds eye CPS records on outside education group backed by elites like Rauner

Federal corruption investigators looking into a $20.5 million no-bid contract at Chicago Public Schools also have asked for any records related to an elite nonprofit education group that has long been at the center of city school reform efforts — the first indication that the public relations problem...

Extra Extra: Barbara Byrd-Bennett Takes Paid Leave Pending Federal Investigation Outcome

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has agreed to take a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal investigation that was announced earlier this week. [ more › ]

Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will take a paid leave of absence amid a federal investigation over a roughly $20 million no-bid contract the district awarded to a training academy where she once worked as a consultant, officials announced Friday.

Report: Chicago schools chief takes leave as feds probe no-bid contract

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s schools chief has taken leave from her job amid a federal investigation into a “matter” concerning the public schools, according to a statement released Thursday afternoon by the city’s board of education. Read full article >>

CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on leave pending federal probe

Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett has taken a leave of absence pending the outcome of a federal probe into a no-bid contract with a company she once worked for.

Who was watching at CPS?

As the Tribune and other news outlets reported this week, Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is under federal investigation in connection with a $20.5 million no-bid contract that CPS awarded to her former employer. Byrd-Bennett hasn't been charged with anything. We don't know yet...

"Oh Hell No!!!", Activists Call Out New Federal Investigation Against The "Chicago Public Schools" And A $20 Million "No Bid Contract"

Huff Po Politics: Federal Authorities Investigating Chicago Public Schools CBS Local: Chicago Public Schools Target Of Federal Investigation WGN: Federal Authorities Investigate CPS Chicago Tribune: Feds Investigating CPS Chief, $20.5 Million Contract To Her Former Employer Tribune ABC 7

Another Investigation?

Rahm just loves to appoint people who are (or are soon to be) under investigation by the feds : Federal authorities are investigating Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and a $20.5 million contract the district awarded on...Show More Summary

Federal Authorities Investigating Chicago Public Schools Contract

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Federal authorities are investigating whether Chicago Public Schools improperly awarded a contract to a training academy that formerly employed the head of the school system, Catalyst Chicago reported on Wednesday. The investigationShow More Summary

Extra Extra: CPS Confirms Federal Authorities Are Conducting An Investigation

Chicago Public Schools officials confirmed earlier today that federal authorities are "investigating a matter" at the school district and want to interview multiple employees. [ more › ]

Rauner's school board moves to offset CPS cuts

SPRINGFIELD --- Chicago Public Schools would get $33.3 million to soften the blow of recent state budget cuts under a plan approved Wednesday by the State Board of Education.

Emanuel scoffs at Rauner suggestion CPS declare bankruptcy

Mayor Rahm Emanuel threw cold water Wednesday on Gov. Bruce Rauner's suggestion Chicago Public Schools should consider declaring bankruptcy to get its financial house in order, instead returning to argument that the state should provide relief for the cash-strapped district.

CPS says federal authorities conducting investigation at district

Chicago Public Schools officials said Wednesday that federal authorities are "investigating a matter" at the district and have requested interviews with several employees.

Chicago Teens Face Homelessness, Remain Hopeful

By Kasey Carlson The Chicago Public Schools reported serving 22,144 homeless students last year. More than 2,000 of those students were unaccompanied youth living without a parent or guardian. It's not just a local problem. According to the National Alliance...

Mayoral election is far from a no-brainer — even for teachers

As a veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher, I’ve heard countless times that it’s obvious how I’ll vote the mayoral runoff. In truth, this decision has been anything but obvious for me, having to take into account who I am and what I believe.

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

3 weeks 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

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