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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces his appointment of Forrest Claypool (right) as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools and Frank Clark (left) as president of the Chicago Board of Education. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Appoints Claypool To Run CPS, Former ComEd CEO As School Board President

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tapped his top aide, Forrest Claypool, to run the Chicago Public Schools, and former ComEd chief executive officer Frank Clark as president of the Chicago Board of Education, a move the Chicago Teachers Union derided as more of the same from City Hall.

07/16/2015

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Analyst: CPS Has ‘No Choice’ But To Borrow $1B Amid Cash Crunch

A top financial analyst said bond rating agencies probably won’t be troubled by the Chicago Board of Education’s vote to borrow more than $1 billion to help the Chicago Public Schools address a massive budget crunch in the coming year.

06/25/2015

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Woman Sues CPS, Claims Kindergartener Son Sexually Abused By Classmate

A woman has filed a federal lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Board of Education, claiming school officials failed to protect her son, after learning the kindergartener was being sexually abused by a classmate.

06/09/2015

Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz discusses the district's "Safe Haven" summer programming for students. (Credit: CBS)

Interim CPS Chief Looking Forward To Working With New Board

In the wake of the resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the interim head of the district was pledging to work with the new Chicago Board of Education, while begging off staying in his current position on a permanent basis.

06/02/2015

Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted on Feb. 22, 2012, to close seven public schools and impose "turnaround" plans at 10 others, meaning the staffs of those schools will be fired and replaced, but students will stay. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel To Shake Up Chicago Board Of Education

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel searches for a new leader for the Chicago Public Schools, he also has decided to replace most of the school board that approved a controversial $20.5 million no-bid contract which is the focus of a federal investigation.

06/02/2015

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Following City, Chicago Public Schools Credit Rating Junked

One day after the city of Chicago took a big hit to its credit rating, a leading bond-rating agency downgraded the Chicago Public Schools debt to “junk” status.

05/13/2015

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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

Jennie Biggs, of Raise Your Hand, and other school advocates call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to replace the entire Chicago Board of Education, in light of a no-bid contract scandal and other controversies at the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

CPS Protesters Want Mayor To Replace Entire School Board

Chicago Public Schools parents and other education advocates were outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office at City Hall on Monday, demanding he “push the reset button” on his appointed school board, amid an ongoing contract scandal.

04/20/2015

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Chicago Public Schools Target Of Federal Investigation

Chicago Public Schools is the target of a federal investigation, officials acknowledged on Wednesday.

04/15/2015

Protesters marched through Chicago over the weekend, to call for a halt to the plan to close 53 Chicago public schools. (Credit: CBS)

Couple Sues CPS After Being Banned From School Board Meetings

An outspoken couple with four kids attending Chicago Public Schools has filed a federal lawsuit, seeking to overturn a district decision banning them from public meetings of the Chicago Board of Education.

04/14/2015

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Advocate For Elected Chicago School Board: Time Is Ripe

hose who want to see an elected Board of Education in Chicago say this week’s overwhelming referendum vote in favor of the idea may be symbolic, but it’s a real boost, too.

02/27/2015

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Most Voters Want Elected School Board In Chicago

Voters in 37 wards voiced overwhelming support for an elected school board on Tuesday, though it’s questionable whether the idea would really go anywhere.

02/25/2015

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Justice Department: Pregnant Teachers Illegally Fired At Scammon Elementary

Pregnant teachers at a Northwest Side elementary school were fired in violation of the law when they announced their pregnancies, the U.S. Justice Department alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

12/23/2014

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Protesters Removed From City Hall After Sit-In Over CPS Bond Deals

Chicago Police broke up a demonstration at City Hall on Thursday, after activists staged a sit-in to protest controversial bond deals at the Chicago Public Schools.

11/20/2014

Members of the Chicago Light Brigade protest outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters, claiming the district took five years to begin cleaning up lead-based paint contamination at Gale Elementary Community Academy. (Credit: Twitter/@ChiLightBrigade)

Protesters Claim CPS Ignored Lead Paint For 5 Years At Rogers Park School

A dozen school activists paraded outside a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, protesting what they said has been a five-year delay in cleaning up toxic lead paint from a Rogers Park elementary school.

10/22/2014

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CPS Principal: Data Shows Neighborhood Schools Outperform Charters

An 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.

09/03/2014

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis speaks about education reform at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis: Chicago Voters ‘Absolutely Unimpressed’ With Emanuel

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said a recent poll showing most voters are unhappy with how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is handling the Chicago Public Schools reveals “pushback for … failed policies” such as the controversial closing of nearly 50 schools.

08/15/2014

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Mayor Defends Controversial School Budget Moves

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended the Chicago Public Schools’ use of what some would call a fiscal “gimmick” to balance its $6.8 billion budget for next school year.

07/25/2014

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CPS Changing Student Discipline To Reduce Suspensions

Chicago Public Schools officials have decided to move away from zero-tolerance approaches to student discipline.

06/24/2014

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School Board VP Condemns Anti-Semitic Bullying At Ogden

The vice president of the Chicago Board of Education said Thursday that Chicago Public Schools does not condone anti-Semitism. It was the first time a Chicago schools official has used that term to describe an ugly incident at Ogden International School.

06/06/2014

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