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CPS Hotline Tackles Parents’ Questions As Students Head Back To School

(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 […]

09/01/2015

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Current, Former CPS Officials Dismiss Talk Of Possible Bankruptcy

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.

08/25/2015

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Dyett Parents’ Hunger Strike Enters Day 9

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.

08/25/2015

Governor Bruce Rainer talks to reporters at his Chicago office. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

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.

08/17/2015

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Dyett High School Parents Plan Hunger Strike

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.

08/17/2015

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CPS Budget Plan Includes Nearly 500 Teacher Layoffs

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.

08/10/2015

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Lawmakers Push To Create Elected School Board In Chicago

A group of Chicago Democrats in the state legislature is pushing for voters to decide who serves on the school board. Not the mayor.

08/10/2015

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and other union leadership discuss a breakdown in contract talks with the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis Slams CPS For Proposing “Strike Worthy” End To Pension Pickup

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.”

08/07/2015

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Students, Parents Demonstrate Against CPS Plan To Move Back Start Time At More Than 80 Schools

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.

08/05/2015

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Logan Square Aldermen, Parents Demand Surplus TIF Funds Go To 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.

07/28/2015

Members of several local school councils across Chicago protest budget cuts planned by the Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: Twitter/@MartinLRitter)

Local School Councils: “Stop Pointing Fingers” And Fix The CPS Budget

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.

07/22/2015

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Principals Removed At Senn High School, Marine Leadership Academy

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.

07/21/2015

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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Sources: Forrest Claypool To Be New CPS Chief

Sources tell CBS 2 Forrest Claypool will be the new chief executive officer of CPS.

07/15/2015

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CPS Outlines Budget Cuts, Warns Of More Without Pension Relief

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.

07/13/2015

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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