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Parents Mull Private, Charter Schools Amid Teachers Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Catholic, charter schools see uptick in inquiries * Parents say costs are prohibitive By Mary Wisniewski ...

Steve Jobs, Donald Trump Donations Help Emanuel Take On Teachers Union

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2012 | Education

* Donors to Emanuel's 2011 campaign included Republicans * Teachers union was hostile to his run for mayor * Contributio...

Chicago Teachers Union vs. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (The Democrats' Scott Walker?)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.11.2012 | Education
Joseph A. Palermo

The timing of the strike couldn't be worse for the Democrats, and therefore packs a potent punch nationally because it lays bare how toxic the relationship between teachers and Democratic Party leaders has become in recent years.

Rahm Doesn't Give 'Two Hoots' About Romney's Comments

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics

After GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney used the Chicago teachers' strike to take a shot at President Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel resp...

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.

Charter School Profiteer Attempts to Swiftboat Chicago Teachers Union

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 11.06.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

At a recent speech to the City Club of Chicago, Juan Rangel defended Chicago's billionaire elites. Why would he be kissing up to the wealthy that support the efforts to break the unions and privatize schools? His annual salary is around $266,000.

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.

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.

Gears In Motion For Teachers Union Strike Vote

Posted 06.05.2012 | Chicago

With the news that the Chicago Teachers Union plans to conduct a strike authorization vote Wednesday, both sides of the debate over teacher contracts,...

Chicago Teachers Union Calls For Strike Vote Before School Year's End

Posted 06.01.2012 | Chicago

Updated story After months of conflict between Chicago Public Schools staff, administration and the city, the Chicago Teachers Union announced Frid...

Teachers Union President: Support Growing For Districtwide Strike

Posted 04.17.2012 | Chicago

While the Chicago Teachers Union has been threatening to strike since last summer to protest changes in the school day, their pay metrics and the way ...

School Board, Teachers Union Agree On Payment Model For Teachers With Longer Days

Posted 03.29.2012 | Chicago

The Chicago Teachers Union inked a deal with Chicago Public Schools Wednesday night that will temporarily stay the battle over extending the school da...

Teachers Union Claims Rahm's Curriculum Plan Marginalizes Minority Students

Posted 03.28.2012 | Chicago

Earlier this week, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged middle class parents to embrace the city's schools, saying that high-quality options were either a...

The Board of Education's Circus Act Doesn't Help Kids

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.16.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

The December 14th takeover of the Chicago Board of Education meeting by parents and educators was at the first meeting after CPS announced its desire to "turnaround" ten schools. Immediately following, there was blowback from the mainstream media.

Every Worker Deserves Sick Days - That Includes You

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 04.08.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Many friends and acquaintances have told me, "In the private sector, we don't get to roll over our sick days like teachers do." We tend to aim for the lowest common denominator in what we consider proper working conditions.

Education Reform: Where's the Debate?

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 03.06.2012 | Education
Kenzo Shibata

Schools do not operate in a vacuum. Poverty has devastating effects on a child's social and emotional development. For our poorest students, just getting to school can be a challenge.

CPS Launches Longer School Day Website To Dispel 'Misconceptions'

Posted 11.20.2011 | Chicago

The tug of war between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union over the mayor's strong pushes for instituting a longer school day has gone p...

Will Chicago Teachers Take A Strike Vote? And Can It Pass?

Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago

Any teacher will tell you how precious summer is, a brief window of relaxation after the grueling academic year. But this summer hasn't been the most ...

A Conversation With Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Lorraine Forte | Posted 07.10.2011 | Chicago
Lorraine Forte

From a journalist's standpoint, the most refreshing news to emerge from Catalyst Chicago's recent interview with incoming Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard was his promise to be transparent.

A Primer On How To Defeat Mike Mulgrew

Peter Zucker | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

In March of 2010 we had the elections for the United Federation of Teachers. Somehow, someway, the Unity caucus, headed by President Mike Mulgrew, received 91 percent of the vote.

Judge To CPS: Teacher Layoffs Were Mishandled

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A federal judge has ruled that the layoffs of hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers must be rescinded, and that provisions must be made for thei...

Chicago Teachers Union To Sue Over 'Unsafe' Class Sizes

Chicago Sun-Times | Off the Kuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Teachers Union officials vowed to file suit today, charging that plans to raise city class sizes to 35 are unsafe and violate the municipal co...

Teachers' Union Worries About Fire Code With Class Size Increase

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Plans to save money by raising Chicago class sizes to 35 students could violate fire codes established after the deadly 1958 Our Lady of Angels School...

CPS To Teachers: Pay City Debts Or Face Firing

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new memorandum circulated today by the school district forcing employees to pay outstanding city debts, under threat, was met with an outcry. ...

Documents Show CPS Could See 37-Student Classrooms, Loss Of Non-Varsity Sports, Teacher Layoffs

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Schools CEO Ron Huberman Monday briefed principals on the grim possibility of class sizes of 37 kids, no non-varsity sports, and cutbacks in a...