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Chicago Teachers Union Files Third School Closing Lawsuit

Posted 05.30.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a third lawsuit against the mass public school closings approved last week by the city's Board of Education. T...

Two very different approaches to solving Illinois' pension crisis

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

In the final two weeks of the 2013 spring legislative session, lawmakers are weighing two bills that address what is arguably the greatest financial crisis in state history.

Chicago Public Schools: Not Just Heartbreaking, Actually Broken

Debra Pickett | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

The parents and community members fighting the school closings clearly are the "good guys" in this dismal scenario. But their heroic energy and indomitable courage are being expended for the sake of maintaining a status quo that is, frankly, unconscionable.

Kim Bellware

PHOTOS: Protesters Clash With Cops At School Closing Rally | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.21.2013 | Chicago

Three days of Chicago Teachers Union-led marches in protest of the Chicago Public School district's plan to close 54 schools ended with a rush hour ra...

Teachers Union To Rally Downtown As School Closure Vote Looms

Posted 05.20.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union will wrap its three-day march in protests of Chicago Public School closings with a Monday afternoon rally in Daley Plaza. ...

Chicago Board Of Ed Slapped With Stunning Lawsuit

Posted 05.15.2013 | Chicago

With the Chicago Board of Education set to vote in a week on closing 54 of the city's public schools and co-locating 11 others, the Chicago Teachers U...

CTU Preps For 'Long March' As Crucial School Closing Vote Looms

Posted 05.14.2013 | Chicago

With a little more than a week left before the Chicago Board of Education votes on proposals to close 54 Chicago public schools and co-locate 11 more,...

Chicago Parents and Schools Trapped in a Bad Relationship

Debra Pickett | Posted 06.24.2013 | Chicago
Debra Pickett

I'm leaving and I'm taking the kids. It's the ultimate threat -- the one that does its damage even as the words leave your mouth -- and a hallmark of a deep dysfunction. The Chicago Public Schools and I are locked in this weird relationship drama.

Teachers Union Ramps Up Political Push To Oust Rahm

Posted 04.16.2013 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union has said Mayor Rahm Emanuel is destroying their jobs in the wake of a massive proposed closing, so now the union is gunning...

Chicago Public Schools and Other People's Children

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Apparently the Board of Education understands that moving students out of their home schools causes much pain and suffering, which is only acceptable for other people's children.

'Give In Now. Rahm Will Win. Rahm Always Wins.'

Posted 04.04.2013 | Chicago

Zeke Emanuel, the oldest brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, offered simple advice to the Chicago Teachers Union Wednesday. If you're fighting his ...

Kim Bellware

Analysis: Demand For Charter Schools In Chicago Overstated By Advocates | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.02.2013 | Chicago

This is a developing story As the Chicago Public School district moves to close 54 neighborhood elementary schools on account of what it calls an ...

PHOTOS: CPS School Closing Rally Draws Huge Support, 127 Ticketed

Posted 03.29.2013 | Chicago

Scores of protesters carrying pro-school and anti-mayor slogans poured into the Loop late Wednesday afternoon to oppose the Chicago Public School's pl...

School Closing Protest Draws Thousands -- And Arrests

Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago

Updated story A throng of protestors, police and media descended on Daley Plaza Wednesday, kicking off what are expected to be several weeks of dem...

Chicago Public School Students Are Not Widgets, But They Are Pawns

Susan Eleuterio | Posted 05.27.2013 | Chicago
Susan Eleuterio

Students have become pawns in what seems to be a simple math problem as presented by CPS, but is really a culture, community and citywide issue of how to create safe and effective schools for all students regardless of race, family income and geographic location.

What the Tribune Survey on Chicago Schools Really Says

Gregory Michie | Posted 05.26.2013 | Chicago
Gregory Michie

On many educational issues, Chicagoans aren't buying what the business-minded school reformers are selling. The future of public education, and by extension the future of the city, continues to be fiercely contested territory.

Parents, Teachers and Unions: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Susan Naimark | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Susan Naimark

While the CTU didn't get everything they were after, their organizing raised awareness about the larger trends towards privatization and increasing isolation of the lowest income children in inferior, under-resourced schools.

Chicago Public Schools Thinks 40 Students in a Class Is OK

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 05.06.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Illinois State Superintendent of Education Chris Koch wants to repeal class size limits for special education students. This policy change runs counter to the prevailing research that shows class size truly does matter.

A Change of Heart on Charters for Alderman Moreno?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.17.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Public scrutiny may have given the alderman a change of heart regarding charter schools. This was not the first time his education policy preferences caused a backlash. This time, Moreno may have actually gotten the message.

Panel To CPS: Don't Close Any High Schools

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | Chicago

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A commission charged with helping the Chicago public school system decide which schools...

Karen Lewis Says 'Off With Their Heads,' Stirs Right-Wing Ire

Posted 01.08.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is no stranger to her outspokenness landing her in the headlines -- but many conservatives are particular...

Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year

Michael J. Petrilli | Posted 12.31.2012 | Education
Michael J. Petrilli

If 2011 was the "year of school choice," then 2012 was the "year of the resurgent teachers union." And leading the comeback was Chicago's Karen Lewis -- fiery, forceful, and unabashedly oppositional.

'Secret' CPS School Closing Doc Discovered Amid Fight Over Charters

Posted 12.19.2012 | Chicago

Updated story The Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration are clashing once again over looming Chicago Public School closure...

Teachers Union Mocks Mayor In Satirical 'Fat Cats' Video

Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

The Chicago Teachers Union is out with an incendiary video targeting city officials through a made-up scary cartoon bedtime story called "The Fat Cats...

Alex Kuczynski-Brown

Chicago Teachers Union Report Highlights Flaws | Alex Kuczynski-Brown | Posted 11.30.2012 | Education

Nearly two months after a contentious labor battle between Chicago teachers and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union is striking yet another blow in a...