Chicago Public Schools
(CBS) — Exactly one week from today, 400,000 Chicago public school students head back to class. That can mean big changes for many students including new start times this year. So, for many parent the […]
Past and present Chicago Public School officials agree talk of possible bankruptcy is way off-base, and the state needs to take a more concrete role in easing the system’s pension crisis, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
A group of South Side parents and activists have begun their ninth day of a hunger strike, as they demand the Chicago Board of Education accept their plan to turn Dyett High School into a global leadership and green technology academy.
Gov. Rauner Calls For Property Tax Freeze, Local Control Over Collective Bargaining In Latest Budget Proposal
Governor Rauner says his latest plan would freeze property taxes statewide for two years. It doesn’t include term limits or voter redistricting but he says it does help Chicago Public Schools.
Parents and community leaders on the South Side have taken a drastic step as they promote their vision for the future of a Washington Park neighborhood school that closed at the end of last school year.
The Chicago Public Schools were sending out layoff notices to nearly 500 teachers, as district officials outlined the district’s budget plan for next school year.
A group of Chicago Democrats in the state legislature is pushing for voters to decide who serves on the school board. Not the mayor.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Friday painted a grim picture of ongoing contract talks with the Chicago Public Schools, calling the district’s rejection of a possible one-year deal a “breach of trust.”
A few dozen students and parents demonstrated at Daley Plaza – upset with the Chicago Public Schools plan to change the start time this fall at more than 80 schools.
Students, parents and teachers in the Logan Square neighborhood were joined by local aldermen for a rally against cuts to the budgets of ten neighborhood schools totaling nearly $5 million.
Members of Local School Councils from around the city have called on local leaders to stop pointing fingers in regard to the Chicago Public Schools’ budget situation, and find a way to reverse the budget cuts affecting neighborhood schools.
Two Chicago high schools will start the new school year without their principals, who have been removed by the Chicago Public Schools, amid separate investigations by the district’s inspector general.
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.
Sources tell CBS 2 Forrest Claypool will be the new chief executive officer of CPS.
The 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.
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.
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.
The Chicago Teachers Union was quick to respond to Mayor Emanuel, and to challenge the mayor’s assertions about the budget.
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.
A bill to freeze property taxes for two years and provide pension relief to Chicago Public Schools has advanced in the Illinois Legislature.