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Karen Lewis

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...

Debating Amiri Baraka in the Urban Classroom

John Thompson | Posted 03.17.2014 | Education
John Thompson

After the passing of Amiri Baraka, I don't want to get bogged down in a dispute over Common Core, or any other example of the top-down micromanaging of teachers and students. It's lessons like this which taught me the No. 1 principle of teaching.

Sex Trafficking in Chicago? NO! Yes.

Sally Duros | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Sally Duros

The plight of women in prostitution has always captured our attention. We've seen plenty of plays, movies and books written about and by women of the streets -- all usually through a dreamy vaseline lens. Now comes to Chicago Shadow Town, a play by Mary Bonnett.

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.

Is Rahm's 'Bitter' Relationship With Teachers' Union On The Mend?

Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago

A year after the historic teachers strike that brought Chicago Public Schools to a halt for nine whole days, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers U...

Tribune's Stantis Remembers 9/11

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We remember 9/11 today and so does the Chicago Tribune's Scott Stantis.

Madigan, Metra and clout culture: "Legal" doesn't mean "correct"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LEGAL VS. RIGHT Whether House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws in trying to obtain a raise for a political donor at Metra is all but irrelevant....

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Starting with the seemingly-endless battle of pension reform in Springfield, to our crumbling public school systems in Chicago; no one can deny that this week in Illinois was brimming with some pretty intriguing sound bites.

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....

First Wave Of Permanent CPS School Closures Begin

Posted 06.19.2013 | Chicago

For 28 Chicago Public Schools on Wednesday, the final bell will ring for the last time — ever. Teachers and students at closing schools like Eli...

After the Billionaires Kick Down Teachers and Students, Who Is Next?

John Thompson | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
John Thompson

Over the last 20 years ago, non-educators have stumbled over our troubled inner city schools. These do-gooders made the snap judgment that the way to help kids was to destroy the system that they defined as the "status quo."

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.

CTU Protesters Opposed To Emanuel School Closings Arrested At City Hall

Posted 11.03.2012 | Chicago

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union made good on their plans to protest Rahm Emanuel's office over proposed Chicago Pubic School closings Friday eve...

Joy Resmovits

After Strike, Chicago Makes Sense Of Its Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.11.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Every Sunday, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Jean-Claude Brizard takes his 2-year-old son to breakfast. It's a "sacred" ritual, Brizard emph...

Aldermen Push For Hearings, Details On Rumored School Closings

Posted 10.05.2012 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen on Thursday echoed teachers' anxiety over rumors of Chicago Public Schools' plan to shutter dozens of underperforming or under-utiliz...

Chicago Teachers Union Votes To Approve 3-Year Contract

AP | Posted 10.04.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Members of the Chicago Teachers Union overwhelmingly have approved a new three-year contract that includes pay increases and a new evaluati...

Chicago Teachers Union To Count Ballots On New Contract

AP | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- Chicago Teachers Union officials are set to start counting the ballots that its members cast on whether they want to accept a proposed cont...

Chicago Teachers Vote Whether To Ratify Deal That Ended Strike

Reuters | Posted 12.02.2012 | Education

* Union leader declines to predict outcome of vote * Contract sets 17.6 percent pay rise over four years (Updates with Fitch downgr...

The War on Chicago Teachers

Matt Farmer | Posted 12.01.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

By reducing the strike to a clash between Lewis and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Michelle Rhee was also able to ignore the powerful voices of tens of thousands of teachers, parents and students who filled Chicago's streets.

Joy Resmovits

Chicago Schools Chief: 'I've Never Been A Yes Person' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

CHICAGO -- When teachers on strike took to the Chicago streets for nine days this month, news cameras followed the union president, the head of the sc...

Good Organizing Was Key to CTU Victories

Barbara Popovic | Posted 11.22.2012 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

If you were following the CTU strike, you might have been dismayed by the union's failure to suspend the strike last Sunday night. We have an inside perspective from UIC Professor Steven Ashby, who helped organize the contract campaign.

Chicago Teachers Give Alderman Moreno a Lesson in Democracy

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 11.20.2012 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

I was quite disappointed early this week to read an email sent from "Hipster" Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno's office admonishing members of Chicago Teachers Union in their fight for better schools.

Cash-Strapped Chicago Can't Afford Contract That Ended Teachers Strike

Reuters | Posted 11.20.2012 | Education

* New contract expected to cost $74 million a year * Budget approved last month did not provide for pay rise * Options: ...