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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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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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