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UNO Teachers Will Vote on Union Contract

Lorraine Forte | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

Though details of the tentative agreement have not been released, educators' priorities have been educators' priorities included the elimination of merit pay, shorter schooldays and a shorter calendar year.

Coming Together to Become Our Brothers' Keepers

John Thompson | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
John Thompson

I believe the real Barack Obama is the one who sat cross-legged with students at Washington DC's Powell Elementary School. As the Washington Post's Em...

Don't Sit for the ISAT

Matt Farmer | Posted 02.27.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

When I learned Tuesday that teachers at a school in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood had voted unanimously to refuse to administer the ISAT to their students, I was surprised. I was surprised that the members of the Saucedo faculty were courageous enough to put their jobs on the line.

CTU Moves Forcefully to Boost Will Guzzardi over Rep. Toni Berrios

David Ormsby | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In the rematch between State Rep. Toni Berrios (D-Chicago) and ex-Huffington Post/Chicago Associate Editor Will Guzzardi, the Chicago Teachers Union i...

Joy Resmovits

Teachers Union Dropping $1.2 Million On New Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

The American Federation of Teachers union is unveiling a seven-figure advertisement campaign ahead of Dec. 9, a day that the group has billed as a "na...

Remembering Willis Wagons -- 50 years later, civil rights challenges remain

Robert McKersie | Posted 12.20.2013 | Chicago
Robert McKersie

The nation has marked its I Have a Dream moment of history, but now the civil rights anniversary spotlight shines on Chicago, which saw one the larges...

Redefining and Rebuilding the Teachers' Union

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

I am pro-public education, pro-teacher, pro-student, and pro-union, but while their interests often overlap, they do not always, and when they do not I favor the students.

Darwin's Musical Evolution

Matt Farmer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

For many years, Darwin Elementary School had no music program. Despite the district's budget cuts and heavy focus on standardized test scores, Principal Segovia decided his kids needed music.

Mexico City Erupts Over Neoliberal Education Bill

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

In Mexico City, school teachers are meting out some serious discipline to a government gone awry. For the past several weeks, the metropolis has pul...

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Reflections on the Anniversary of the Chicago Teachers Strike

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

The strike lasted seven days. Seven days of marching. Seven days of organizing parents. Seven days of laughter. Seven days of tears.

Why Chicago Teachers Support the Fight for a Higher Minimum Wage

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 10.23.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Why wouldn't teachers stand up to abusive corporations that reap windfall profits while providing poverty-level jobs for students and their families?

49 Schools Closed, Now What?

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Edelberg

In the midst of the current finger-pointing, vitriol, political might and gut-wrenching sadness surrounding Chicago's impending school closures, one might easily conclude that the fate of education is beyond our control. It is not.

How the ALEC Agenda Forced Chicago's School Closings

Carl Gibson | Posted 10.07.2013 | Chicago
Carl Gibson

Many school systems, like those in Chicago, are funded through property taxes. This obviously leads to schools in wealthier neighborhoods having more resources than schools in poorer neighborhoods, like the ones Rahm Emanuel closed this year.

Where is Quinn's amendatory veto pen when we need it?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

VETO PEN Three weeks ago Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to eliminate funding for lawmaker salaries after they failed to meet his July 9...

We Need Solutions for Our Children -- Fast

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.29.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Some parents have predicted a mass exodus from the city to the suburbs, or from public to private schools. And if you can figure out a way to afford that option for your child, who could blame you?

TFA To Chicago Teachers: Our Recruits Will Not Replace You

Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago

Teach for America wants people to know that its recruits will not replace laid off Chicago Public School teachers. Amid allegations that TFA recrui...

Chicago Loves Its Teachers, Why Doesn't the Mayor?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

There is a disconnect between City Hall and the people of Chicago. While Mayor Rahm Emanuel throws millions into pet projects, 3,000 Chicago educators are being laid off.

Rahm: Pension Crisis To Blame For 2,000 CPS Layoffs

Posted 07.22.2013 | Chicago

In Sunday remarks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel again defended the just-announced laying off of more than 2,100 Chicago Public Schools employees, almost 1,000 o...

Hearing On CPS School Closing Lawsuits Begins

Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago

A federal judge on Tuesday will hear testimony in the opening day of an injunction hearing aimed at halting the closure of 50 Chicago public schools. ...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Offers Righteous Anger but No Solutions to the School Budget Crisis

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 09.09.2013 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Teachers spend billions out-of-pocket on classroom supplies. It's not the parents who aren't investing; they spend hours at parent-teacher conferences and helping with homework. So where should Secretary Duncan direct his ire?

When Karen Lewis speakers, Chicago listens... and responds

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Nobody these days stirs instant controversy in Chicago (and in education reform circles nationally) than Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis....

Citizens are sounding off, with a vengeance

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.05.2013 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Since legislators ended their spring session Friday night with little significant to show for it other than fracking regulations and the concealed...

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.