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Nothing Will Be As Expected

Tracy Ullman | Posted 11.10.2012 | Chicago
Tracy Ullman

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgWe have no idea how long the strike will last -- if 1987 is any indication, it could be weeks before the issue is resolved.

Win Us Over

Rina Ranalli | Posted 11.10.2012 | Chicago
Rina Ranalli

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgAs an informed, active parent, I shouldn't have had to guess what the issues at the strike's core really were. I should have known.

CPS Strike Could Ignite Change

Michael Geheren | Posted 11.10.2012 | Teen
Michael Geheren

Students may be excited they do not have to attend school due to the Chicago Teachers Union strike. What some students don't realize is that this could be a benefit to them, not just the teachers.

Chicago Students, Parents, Take To Twitter On Teachers Strike

Posted 11.10.2012 | Education

Chicago teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in 25 years after weeks of negotiations between the city and the Chicago Teacher's Union fai...

Will the Teachers Strike Be Averted?

Barbara Popovic | Posted 11.07.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

We're days away from a possible teachers' strike in Chicago. One of the big pay issues that might still be on the table is so-called "step increases," which provide a guaranteed salary bump for some number of years after a teacher is initially hired.

Teachers Union Says Contract Talks 'Improving,' AFT Backs Strike

Posted 09.07.2012 | Chicago

Chicago teachers got a significant endorsement for their plan to strike if contract negotiations aren't resolved by next week, but according to early ...

Chicago Is Failing Half Its Population: The Young Are the Victims

Molly Moynahan | Posted 09.06.2012 | Chicago
Molly Moynahan

2012-09-06-stateofCPSlogo.jpgI'm very grateful to the teachers who cherished my boy, but I want to drop the ladder back down and help every child, support every teacher, encourage every parent and remind the mayor that children are living through hell just trying to go to school.

Teachers File Unfair Labor Grievance, Say Strike Is Still On

Posted 09.07.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union members are one day closer to their planned Sept. 10 walkout, and on Wednesday they confirmed that that strike date wasn't goin...

CPS Gets a Lesson in Social Justice

Matt Farmer | Posted 11.06.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

The suits who run Chicago Public Schools never would have tried the stunts they recently pulled at Chicago's Social Justice High School had it been a largely white, middle-class school on the city's Northwest Side.

City, Teachers Union At Odds As Strike Deadline Looms

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 09.05.2012 | Chicago

With Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Charlotte, N.C. for the Democratic National Convention, local and national media alike did not take long to note th...

CTU President Calls Rahm 'A Liar And A Bully' At Labor Day Rally

Posted 09.04.2012 | Chicago

On Labor Day, the last day of summer before 250,000 Track R Chicago Public School students began classes, thousands of their teachers took to the stre...

CPS, Teachers Union Strike Talks Continue Over Holiday Weekend

Posted 09.02.2012 | Chicago

The holiday weekend hasn't been much of one for Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools officials as their negotiations continue in an effor...

It's Time for Back-To-School Shopping! Here's How to Green Your Routine

Mattias Wallander | Posted 10.31.2012 | Green
Mattias Wallander

During the holiday-season toys are king, and Halloween is all about the candy, but going back-to-schools means new school supplies and a new fall wardrobe, including backpacks, sneakers, fall sweaters and winter coats.

Brizard, City Hall Deny Report That CPS CEO's Job Is At Stake Over Strike

Posted 08.31.2012 | Chicago

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard may be in need of a new job if the city's teachers follow through on their call for a walkout on Sept. ...

Teachers Union Sets Strike Date For Sept. 10, CPS Announces Plan

Posted 08.30.2012 | Chicago

One day after filing the required 10-day strike notice, the Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday announced their strike is set to begin Sept. 10. The...

Teachers Union Officially Files 10-Day Notice Of Strike

Posted 08.29.2012 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday took another big step toward a teacher walkout. The union filed the required 10-day notice...

No Paper Trail at CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 10.27.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

As a taxpayer and a public school parent, I want to believe that some thoughtful analysis went into the decision to turn Roberto Clemente High School into a so-called International Baccalaureate high school.

The Battle of Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Out-of-Town Billionaires

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.22.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

In a recently released video, Chicago Teachers Union shows the games played by wealthy elites to smear the Union in the midst of heated contract negotiations.

The Battle for an Elected School Board

Dick Simpson | Posted 10.20.2012 | Chicago
Dick Simpson

Even though it isn't a panacea, we should move to an elected school board. Therefore, if the referendum gets on the ballot in your ward, vote for it. If it doesn't, push your state legislators to change the law in Springfield.

Unless the Board of Education Gets Serious, Chicago Educators May Need to Strike

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.14.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Top-down management style employed by the new crop of school administrators leave educators feeling frustrated, dejected and ready to throw in the towel. Educators need respect.

CPS Track E Schools Start Classes Monday

Posted 08.13.2012 | Chicago

For almost one third of Chicago Public Schools students, summer vacation ended Monday morning, when classes resumed at schools with year-round academi...

Teach for America: What's the Purpose?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.02.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

It troubles me to think that the teaching profession, which has traditionally been a gateway to the middle class for poor and working class children, is being scrapped to give temporary jobs to college graduates from elite institutions.

Groupon Launches School Supply Deal Benefiting CPS Students

Posted 07.30.2012 | Chicago

Chicago's home-grown coupon site is offering shoppers a chance to give back once again this year--and in true style, they're offering the deal at a di...

Mayor Emanuel, Don't Change the Rules When You Don't Like the Score

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

It seems that the mayor and the groups that carried his water over changing labor law are now unhappy with a process they once championed. It's time to stop playing games and work towards giving Chicago's students the schools they deserve.

CPS, Teachers Union Both Reject Arbitrator's Recommendations

Posted 07.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story After weeks spent pushing back against the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), asking the group to save their calls for a strike over the p...