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Judge Denies Request By Parents To Keep 10 Schools Open

A Cook County judge Wednesday rejected an attempt by parents, backed by the teachers union, to reverse the closing of 10 of the 50 schools being shuttered by the Chicago Board of Education.

07/31/2013

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Teachers’ Union Slams CPS For ‘Devastating’ Cuts, Layoffs

A month before the new school year starts, protestors from the Chicago Teacher’s Union were expressing outrage over budget cuts at the Chicago Public Schools, with a protest march through the Loop.

WBBM Newsradio–07/24/2013

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‘We Will Not Retreat,’ Teachers Union Rep Tells PUSH

The Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Chicago Teachers Union representative said on Saturday that work will be done to fight back against the recent layoffs of more than 2,100 Chicago Public Schools employees

07/20/2013

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CPS Set To Lay Off More Than 2,000 Employees

The layoffs include 1,036 teachers, of which 545 are tenured, and 1,077 non-teachers.

07/18/2013

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Hearing Begins On School Closing Lawsuits

A federal judge has begun a hearing on two lawsuits seeking to block plans to close 49 elementary schools, with testimony expected to last for up to four days.

07/16/2013

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19 More Elementary Schools To Close For Good Today

It’s a bittersweet final day for thousands of students at Chicago Public Schools; at 19 elementary schools, it’s the last day of class before they close for good.

06/24/2013

Anthony Overton Elementary School is one of 28 schools set to close for good in Chicago on June 19, 2013. Another 19 schools will close for good on June 24, while two more will close in 2014 and 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Final Bell Rings For Last Time At 28 Schools Today

Wednesday marks the beginning of school closings in Chicago, with 28 elementary schools preparing for their final day of class before they close for good.

06/19/2013

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

Lewis Points Finger At ‘Rich White People’ For School Problems

A day before the first set of school closings was set to begin, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had some harsh words about how the Chicago Public Schools are funded and managed, blaming much of the district’s problems on racism.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2013

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CPS Legally Leaves Door Open To Keeping 10 Of 50 Schools Open

Until a new judge can be assigned to a lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers Union and parents from 10 elementary schools, CPS attorneys agreed the district wouldn’t take any permanent actions at the schools in question.

06/12/2013

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CTU Fears Chicago Could Follow Philadelphia’s Lead With Teacher Layoffs

Chicago Teachers Union officials fear the city could soon follow Philadelphia’s steps and send out thousands of layoff notices. On Friday, the Philadelphia School District notified more than 3,000 employees of layoffs.

06/10/2013

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Teachers Union Fears Massive Layoffs Due To School Closings, Pension Costs

With 49 elementary schools set to close this summer, and the district facing an additional $412 million in pension costs, the Chicago Teachers Union estimated hundreds – if not thousands – of teachers could be laid off to reduce district spending.

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Teachers Union Files New Lawsuit To Stop School Closings

The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, argued the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Board of Education should have followed hearing officers’ recommendations to keep 10 of the schools open when the hearing officers found CPS did not follow proper guidelines.

05/29/2013

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. talks to reporters about his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from Congress on Nov. 21, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Rev. Jackson: School Closings Undemocratic

Opponents of Chicago school closures are vowing to fight on, but they appear to have little chance of reversing the mayor’s agenda… unless a federal judge steps in, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

05/25/2013

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

Protests Against School Closings Continue

Parents and other community members met outside a West Side school Friday morning, in an effort to make sure Chicago Public Schools officials and the mayor hear what they have to say about the closing of 49 elementary schools.

05/24/2013

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Opponents Vow To Keep Fighting, Despite Vote To Close 49 Elementary Schools

The decision to close 49 elementary schools in Chicago is done, but bitterness over the move lingered Thursday morning, as the Chicago Teachers Union vowed to continue their fight against the closings, and parents and students protested the looming closure of their schools.

05/23/2013

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Emanuel Stands Firm On School Closings Plan Ahead Of Board Vote

On the eve of a Board of Education vote, and amid some vociferous opposition from teachers and some parents and students, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was standing by his plan to close more than 50 Chicago public schools.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2013

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

Teachers’ Union To Wrap Up Three-Day Protest Of School Closings

City streets could be full of protesters again on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Union wraps up a three-day march to voice opposition to plans to close more than 50 public schools.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2013

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Chicago Teachers Union Marches For Second Straight Day

For the second day in a row, opponents of Chicago Public School closures marched near those buildings slated to be shuttered, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

05/19/2013

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis discusses the union's plans to increase political activity, including seeking candidates to support in the race for mayor and alderman in 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Lewis Wins Another Term As CTU Chief

The Chicago Teachers’ Union has re-elected Karen Lewis to another term as president with over 80 percent of the rank-and-file vote.

05/18/2013

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Teachers Union Files Federal Lawsuits To Halt School Closings

In their continuing efforts to oppose plans to close more than 50 public schools, the Chicago Teachers Union filed two federal lawsuits on behalf of parents whose children attend schools targeted for closure or consolidation.

05/15/2013

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