Chicago Public Schools

About 100 Chicago teachers and supporters marched outside City Hall on Thursday, to protest $200 million in budget cuts, including 1,400 job cuts. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Protest CPS Budget Cuts, Layoffs

Public school teachers were raising their voices against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s leadership of the district; in particular his proposal to help shore up CPS finances by having teachers pay the full cost of their individual pension contributions, most of which is now paid by the district.

07/02/2015

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CTU Plans City Hall Protest As CPS Begins 1,400 Layoffs

The union said the district’s cutbacks are counterproductive, and will lead to fewer resources for educators. The Emanuel administration has said the cuts will save $200 million for a district reeling from paying $634 million in pension obligations.

07/02/2015

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CTU: $200 Million In Cuts Will Do ‘Real Damage’

The Chicago Teachers Union was quick to respond to Mayor Emanuel, and to challenge the mayor’s assertions about the budget.

07/01/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Emanuel Calls For State Action In Wake Of ‘Intolerable’ Cuts By CPS

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the $200 million in cuts CPS will make after making a $634 million pension payment “intolerable” and called for action from Springfield.

07/01/2015

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Property Tax Freeze, Chicago Pension Relief Advance

A bill to freeze property taxes for two years and provide pension relief to Chicago Public Schools has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.

07/01/2015

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CPS Makes Full Pension Payment; 1,400 Layoffs Expected

The Chicago Board of Education made its pension payment on schedule Tuesday, but at a cost — massive layoffs.

06/30/2015

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Testing, Evaluations Focus Of Negotiations Between CPS, Teachers

The Chicago Public Schools and its teachers face two deadlines on Tuesday: their three-year contract expires at midnight, and a $634 million pension payment is due by the end of the day.

06/30/2015

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Emanuel Rejects Rauner Plan To Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is rejecting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s offer to advance $450 million in state funds to help Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension payment.

06/29/2015

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Document: Rauner Plan Would Advance $450M To Chicago Schools

Gov. Bruce Rauner is offering to accelerate state grant payments to help cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools make a $634 million pension contribution, according to a summary of the proposal obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.

06/29/2015

Pam Zekman confronts a former CPS teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with a student. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Predatory Teachers Slip Through The Cracks

CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports offenders may lose their city job but still keep their state teaching license because of a regulatory breakdown.

06/25/2015

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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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House Defeats Delay In CPS Pension Payment

Illinois Democrats’ cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution.

06/23/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

With Payment To Teachers’ Pension Fund Looming, Emanuel Calls On Springfield To Help

With a major payment deadline just over a week away, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Springfield has to help Chicago work out its public school budget problems, reports WBBM’s Steve Miller.

06/22/2015

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Elementary Teacher Is Challenged & Rewarded By Her Students Daily

Teaching is a rewarding and challenging profession. The day does not end when students walk out the door, however, as Chrissy Olson so eloquently states, “No career is more satisfying than being a teacher.”

06/22/2015

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Chicago Public Schools Teacher Charged With Child Pornography

Eric Shank Van Eenige, 39, faces two felony counts of possession of child pornography with a victim under the age of 13, according to Chicago Police.

06/18/2015

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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

A  total 120 places of worship will welcome up to 7,500 kids for breakfast, lunch and various activities. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

CPS Expands Summer Safe Haven Program

An additional 20 churches will be hosting Chicago Public School students as part of the city’s Safe Haven program.

06/02/2015

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

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

CPS Boss Barbara Byrd-Bennett Resigns

About six weeks after taking a paid leave of absence, the embattled head of the Chicago Public Schools has resigned.

06/01/2015

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