Chicago Teachers Union

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

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)

Teachers’ Strike Over, But Both Sides Still Working To Spin The Dispute

About 357,000 Chicago kids were back in their classrooms Wednesday. So were their teachers. But the shock waves from the nine-day teachers’ strike were still being felt, and not only in Chicago.

CBS 2–09/19/2012

Chicago Teacher's Union Votes To End Strike

What Will New Teacher Contract Cost The City?

Now that the teachers’ contract is settled, the big question is how Chicago plans to pay for it.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2012

School Resumes

Students Return To School With Teachers’ Strike Over

Chicago Public Schools students were back in class after seven missed days Wednesday, as the teachers’ strike has come to an end.

CBS Chicago–09/19/2012

Allen and Toni Packer, and their daughter Cyani Mayzure. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Parents Elated To See Teachers’ Strike Over

If you heard cheering around the city at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, it was probably the sound of hundreds of thousands of parents and their kids hailing the end of the teachers’ strike.

CBS Chicago–09/18/2012

Chicago Teacher's Union Votes To End Strike

Teachers Union Ends Strike, Classes To Resume Tomorrow

Chicago Public School students will be back in class tomorrow, after the Chicago Teachers Union voted to end its strike this afternoon.

09/18/2012

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