Charter School Students, Advocates Demonstrate At Thompson CenterThey're concerned the budget mess in Springfield will shut down their schools altogether. CBS 2's Sandra Torres reports.
Charter Schools To Lobby State Lawmakers To Pass A BudgetStudents, parents, teachers, and administrators from charter schools in Chicago rallied Wednesday morning on the South Side before heading to Springfield to lobby state lawmakers to get moving on the state budget.
Budget Cuts Could Lead To Increase In Class Sizes At Chicago Charter SchoolsCharters are also feeling the pain. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the impact of budget cuts on charters in this original report.
CPS Outlines Budget Cuts, Warns Of More Without Pension ReliefThe Emanuel administration said a loss of more than $100 million in state aid for the Chicago Public Schools has forced the district to make cuts at neighborhood schools, and warned things could get worse without help from Springfield.
North Side Residents Fighting To Keep Charter School OutIt's a switch from the usual battle cry. A group of parents and an alderman on the North Side are fighting to keep a school from opening its doors there next year.
Former Charter Schools CEO Earning $250K As Rauner's AdviserFor weeks, Beth Purvis' role in the administration had been somewhat of a mystery. Not until after several inquiries from The Associated Press did the Rauner administration disclose that Purvis — a key member of the governor's transition team — is now earning $250,000 a year to advise him on education policy.
Opinion: Some Pols Like Charter Schools For One Big ReasonIndiana Gov. Mike Pence is a big fan of charter schools. His new GOP neighbor in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner, loves them too.
Study Says Chicago Charter School Students Trail CPS Counterparts A new report claims to show that Chicago charter schools are lagging behind their traditional public counterparts, reports WBBM's Nancy Harty.
Thompson Center Rally Seeks Public Funds For Private SchoolsStudents, teachers and parents staged a big rally for so-called "school choice" at the Thompson Center today, trying to make sure their voices are heard in the debate over school funding.
CPS Principal: Data Shows Neighborhood Schools Outperform ChartersAn influential Chicago Public Schools principal has said the district’s own figures show much of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s education reform plan isn’t working.
Kirk Touts Plan For $300M In Federal Funds For Charter SchoolsU.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) visited a Bronzeville charter school on Friday to promote legislation pending in Congress to significantly boost federal funding for charter schools.
Charter School Parents, Students To Lobby State LawmakersCharter school advocates said at least 12 pieces of proposed legislation in Springfield would harm charter schools if approved.

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