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CPS Suspends Controversial No-Bid Contract At Center Of Federal Probe

The Chicago Public Schools have suspended a controversial $20.5 million contract with a company that provides leadership training to principals, amid a federal investigation of the company’s ties to CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

04/22/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Mayor Emanuel Says Byrd-Bennett Right To Step Aside In Light Of Federal Investigation

After a brief vacation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has returned to Chicago and offered his first public comments since the scope of the federal inspection into the Chicago Public Schools came to light, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

04/20/2015

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Feds Seek Files On Elite Nonprofit In Chicago Schools Probe

Federal investigators looking into a $20 million no-bid Chicago Public Schools contract have requested records related to a nonprofit group tied to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Bruce Rauner and prominent business leaders.

04/19/2015

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett attends a Chicago Board of Education meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Schools Chief May Be Due Another $250,000

Barbara Byrd-Bennett’s contract would have expired June 30, but she exercised an option to extend her contract for another year. Now, she’s taking leave while the feds investigate CPS.

04/17/2015

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Former CPS Boss Concerned About “Stable Leadership” Amid Federal Probe

A major player in Chicago school reform was expressing serious concerns about the uncertainty swirling around the Chicago Public Schools, as chief executive officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett faces a federal probe into a controversial no-bid contract.

04/17/2015

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett To Step Aside

Filling the void with be Jesse Ruiz, a member of the school board.

04/17/2015

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CPS Critics: School Officials Ignored Red Flags Over No-Bid Contract

Chicago schools chief Barbara Byrd Bennett has a relationship with SUPES Academy and its founder, Gary Solomon, that goes back many years. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

04/16/2015

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

Cloud Over Chicago Schools Boss Reflects Larger Ethical Problems, Union Says

Barbara Byrd Bennett’s salary from CPS hasn’t been her only source of income, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

04/16/2015

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As Schools Begin Issuing New PARCC Test, Some Parents Want Kids To Opt Out

Hundreds of thousands of students in Chicago and the suburbs began taking a controversial new standardized test on Monday, but some parents want their kids to opt out.

03/09/2015

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No One Wins In Chicago’s Latest Standardized Testing Debacle

Our kids are about to lose two weeks of class time to prepare for and take a test that will have little to no benefits. Needless to say, a lot of people are angry…

03/03/2015

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New Standardized Tests Come Under Fire

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov explains why educators and parents alike are fighting to delay the new test.

11/20/2014

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Mayor Insists His Door Is Open To Principals’ Concerns

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has sought to counter a perception his administration stifles dissent from school principals, saying he and Chicago Public Schools administrators have an open-door policy.

05/15/2014

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CPS Touts Safe Haven Programs During Spring Break

The program will offer activities for about 10,000 students while they’re off school for a week from April 14 to April 18.

04/03/2014

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Teachers At Two Schools To Risk Disciplinary Action, Boycott ISAT

Students at Chicago Public Schools begin taking the ISAT exam this week, but many teachers are refusing to administer the test, and many parents say they won’t let their kids take part.

03/03/2014

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CPS Threatens To Discipline Teachers Who Boycott ISAT

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has threatened to seek to remove the state certification of teachers who refuse to administer next week’s Illinois Standards Achievement Test, after many teachers planned a boycott.

02/28/2014

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Emanuel, Bennett Push Student Panels As Alternative To Suspensions

Wells High School students held a peer review panel for visitors to watch as the Chicago school system signals a change in disciplinary policy.

02/11/2014

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Slow Warming Trend Continues; Schools, Travel Getting Back To Normal

Sorry kids, winter break is over. It’s back to class for hundreds thousands of students at public and private schools throughout the area – including the Chicago Public Schools.

01/08/2014

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, center, addresses the media Monday; Mayor Emanuel is on the right. (CBS)

CPS Boss Defends Reversal On Cold-Related School Closings, Downplays Union Backlash

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks city officials why they back-tracked on earlier plans to keep schools open during this week’s subzero temperatures.

01/06/2014

A maintenance worker for the Chicago Public Schools clears snow from the sidewalk at Ames Middle School on Sunday. (Credit: CBS)

CPS To Close Schools On Tuesday

The Chicago Public Schools will close for a second day on Tuesday due to the extreme cold.

01/06/2014

A person dressed as the Grinch delivers a bag of coal to City Hall Monday -- a slam on the Emanuel administration. (CBS)

Teachers Union Delivers Lumps Of Coal As Mayor Touts Computer Curriculum

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on the continuing battle for the hearts and minds of parents.

12/09/2013

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