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Protesters sleep on the sidewalk in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters. (Credit: NVP News Video)

CTU Holding Vigil Outside CPS HQ To Protest Charter Schools

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union and others are holding an overnight vigil outside CPS headquarters ahead of Wednesdays’s Chicago Board of Education meeting at which it will consider 17 new charter schools.

01/21/2014

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, center, addresses the media Monday; Mayor Emanuel is on the right. (CBS)

CPS Boss Defends Reversal On Cold-Related School Closings, Downplays Union Backlash

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asks city officials why they back-tracked on earlier plans to keep schools open during this week’s subzero temperatures.

01/06/2014

A person dressed as the Grinch delivers a bag of coal to City Hall Monday -- a slam on the Emanuel administration. (CBS)

Teachers Union Delivers Lumps Of Coal As Mayor Touts Computer Curriculum

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on the continuing battle for the hearts and minds of parents.

12/09/2013

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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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Chicago Teacher Layoffs Generate Outrage, Sadness

School administrators and Mayor Emanuel continued to blame budget problems and the unsettled pension crisis in Springfield for the job cuts.

07/19/2013

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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

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

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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

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Chicago Teachers Union Begins 3-Day Citywide March

Chicago teachers are taking to the streets staging protest rallies and marches for three days over the mayor’s plans to close more than fifty schools, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

05/18/2013

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

Opponents of the Chicago Public Schools' plan to close 53 schools protest outside May Elementary Academy on the West Side, one of the schools targeted for closure. (Credit: CBS)

Massive School-Closing Protest March Planned

Chicago teachers are in the planning stages of a massive three-day walk to protest a decision to close 53 schools. Participants plan to march to each of the targeted buildings on May 18, 19 and 20.

05/09/2013

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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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Commision Finds CPS Has Capacity To Close Or Consolidate 80 Schools

The Commission on School Utilization issued it’s final report today, stating that Chicago Public Schools has the capacity to consolidate approximately 80 schools rather than the 129 it initially reported.

03/06/2013

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Parents, Students Look Forward To End Of Strike

It’s been a week of teacher-less school, and an end to the strike can’t come soon enough for parents and some students.CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports.

09/14/2012

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Chicago Teacher Bounces Back From West Nile Virus To Picket With Union

CBS 2’s Courtney Gousman has the story of Catherine Wolski’s extraordinary turnaround.

09/14/2012

Kirstie Shanley, a Chicago Public Schools occupational therapist, wants to get back to her job. (CBS)

Parents, Teachers, Students: We’re Ready For School To Resume

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talks with a variety of people who would love to see schools reopen for classes.

09/13/2012

Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) headquarters on the second day of a teachers' strike on September 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Teachers’ Strike To Enter Day 3; Union Boss Calls Progress ‘Glacial’

The Chicago teachers’ strike will head into its third day on Wednesday, after the latest round of talks ended Tuesday night without a deal to bring teachers back to work, and the head of the Chicago Teachers Union describing the two sides as “kilometers apart.”

CBS Chicago–09/10/2012

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Teachers Union ‘Disappointed’ In Contract Talks, Goes Home For The Day

Chicago Teachers Union officials say they are “disappointed” in the way contract negotiations went Friday with school officials and went home for the night, as a teachers strike loomed for Monday.

CBS Chicago–09/07/2012

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Teacher Contract Talks Continue Amid Worries Over Strike

If a deal is not hammered out, teachers could walk off the job as soon as Sept. 10.

09/01/2012

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Mayor Has Hands Full With Union Negotiations

If you think negotiations with Chicago teachers were tough, wait until you see what happens when the city sits down with representatives for police and firefighters. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

08/10/2012

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