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Karen Lewis Blasts School Officials At Rainbow-Push Meeting

To hear Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis tell it, we should believe nothing that the mayor and school officials say about the plan to close more than fifty schools. She spoke at the Rainbow-Push Coalition this morning, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

03/30/2013

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3 Ways Teachers Can Blow Off Rahm-Induced Stress

A few ways teachers can take that crushing anguish they’ve acquired while fighting for their communities and relieve it just the tiniest bit.

03/28/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses plans to close more than 50 public schools, at an unrelated event in Chicago on March 27, 2013. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Shrugs Off ‘Murder Mayor’ Label Given By Teachers’ Union Boss

Mayor Rahm Emanuel staunchly defended his administration’s plan to close more than 50 schools, as well as the head of the Chicago Public Schools, as thousands planned to gather downtown to protest school closings.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

Chicago Police made arrested protestors staging a sit-down protest on LaSalle Street.

Police Detain 127 Protesters After Sit-In At Rally Opposing School Closings

Protesters filled Daley Plaza, marched through the Loop and rallied again in front of School board headquarters to protest the board’s plan to close 53 schools on Wednesday. More than 100 of those protesters were detained and ticketed after staging a sit-in outside City Hall.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

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CPS To Close A Total Of 53 Schools, 61 Buildings

Chicago Public Schools will close 54 school programs and 61 buildings in an effort to close a $1 billion budget deficit.

CBS Chicago–03/21/2013

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Pledges To Invest In Schools That Receive Students From Closings

As the Chicago Public Schools prepares to announce its final list of schools that will be closed or consolidated at the end of the school year, district officials were promising investments for schools that receive affected students.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2013

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Byrd-Bennett: Children Suffer More If Low-Enrollment Schools Left Open

The head of the Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday, despite what critics say, closing some underused or poorly performing schools would be better for the children in them in the long run.

WBBM Newsradio–03/19/2013

Illinois State Capitol

Teachers Head To Springfield To Urge Halt To School Closings

A group of about 50 teachers, parents and students from the Chicago Public Schools boarded a bus to Springfield Tuesday morning, to make their voices heard about school closings.

03/19/2013

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CPS Denies Banning Graphic Novel By Iranian Author

Chicago Public Schools officials denied rumors Friday that they had banned the graphic novel “Perseopolis” from its schools, explaining they only determined it was inappropriate for use in 7th grade curriculum.

03/15/2013

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CPS Restructures Funding To Give Principals More Say On Spending

Chicago Public Schools will move to a per-pupil funding model next year, intended to give principals more flexibility in determining how they spend their school’s dollars — while bringing all schools, including charters, onto the same funding formula.

03/12/2013

CPS Classroom

CPS Plans To Eliminate Year-Round Calendar Next School Year

Chicago Public Schools officials announced Friday that they plan to move all schools to the same calendar next year, doing away with “year-round” schools, in an effort to make it easier for parents to plan their work and daycare schedules.

CBS Chicago–01/18/2013

Karen Lewis

CTU President’s ‘Off With Their Heads’ Joke About Rich Drawing Fire

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis was drawing fire Tuesday over comments made in a speech last month, after a YouTube video surfaced of her jokingly saying “off with their heads” about the wealthy.

WBBM Newsradio–01/08/2013

CPS Classroom

Teachers Union: CPS School Closing Policy Amounts To ‘Educational Apartheid’

The Chicago Teachers Union accused the Chicago Public Schools system of “educational apartheid” on Friday.

11/30/2012

City Hall

School Closing Protesters Arrested At City Hall

Ten people who were arrested Friday night after camping outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Fifth Floor office in City Hall, to call attention to school closings, were released Saturday morning.

11/03/2012

Barbara Byrd-Bennett discusses her appointment as chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, replacing Jean-Claude Brizard. (Credit: CBS)

CPS To Ask For Extension On Deadline For School Closing List

The head of the Chicago Public School system said Friday that the District needs more time to decide how many schools might have to close next school year, and to get the public involved in making the decisions.

WBBM Newsradio–11/02/2012

Karen Lewis

Lewis: Brizard Was Set Up To Fail As CPS Chief Executive

A day after Jean-Claude Brizard stepped down as head of the Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said she thinks Mayor Rahm Emanuel set up Brizard for failure.

WBBM Newsradio–10/12/2012

Karen Lewis Votes

Chicago Teachers Vote To Ratify Deal With CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union announced late Wednesday that teachers have voted to ratify a new contract with the Chicago Public Schools.

CBS Chicago–10/03/2012

Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Teachers Set To Vote On Contract

As teachers in southwest suburban Evergreen Park begin a strike, teachers in the Chicago Public Schools are ready to vote on the new contract that ended their strike last month.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2012

CPS Elementary School Classroom

CPS Students To Lose Days Off To Make Up For Teachers’ Strike

Chicago Public Schools students who missed seven days of classes because of the teachers strike will be making up those days.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2012

A television ad funded by Education Reform Now features Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussing why the tentative contract with the Chicago Teachers Union is a good deal for students and parents. (Credit: Education Reform Now)

Emanuel’s TV Ads On Teachers’ Contract Make Bill Daley Change The Channel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received mixed reviews from two high-profile Chicago politicians for recent TV ads featuring the mayor commenting on the new contract for Chicago Public Schools teachers.

WBBM Newsradio–09/25/2012

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