Education Reform

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

President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Square Off Over Education and Energy

Today on the CBS Local forum, Romney and Obama were asked: What will you do to make the U.S. more energy independent?


President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. (Getty Images/Luke Sharrett and Joe Raedle)

CBS Local Presidential Forum Obama/Romney: Debating Cities and Education

When it comes to America’s future, the issue of education rises to the top for many which is why Obama and Romney were asked to weigh in on it as well.


Former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas (right), with former mayoral candidate Gery Chico. (Credit/File Photo: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Vallas: ‘We Really Never Came Close To Ever Having A Strike’

Former Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Paul Vallas says teachers never came close to a strike during his tenure in the 1990s and early 2000s, but times – and the national debate about education reform – have changed.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel Goes To Washington To Discuss Education Reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard are in Washington, D.C., Friday to participate in a forum on education reform.

CBS Chicago–03/02/2012

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday June 13, 2011 signs legislation overhauling education laws in Illinois.  (CBS)

Quinn Approves Education Overhaul

Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed historic legislation overhauling education and paving the way for a longer school day. But funding issues remain.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2011

Illinois State Senate

UPDATED: State Senate Passes Education Reform Bill

The Illinois State Senate has unanimously approved an education reform bill that would lengthen the school day and make changes to how teachers are rewarded or disciplined.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2011

File Photo (Ian Waldie/ Getty Images)

UPDATED: Education Reform Proposal Moving Forward

A major school reform package advanced in an Illinois Senate committee in Springfield on Thursday, with an unusual coalition of lawmakers, school districts and teachers unions supporting the measure.

CBS Chicago–04/14/2011

2011 New Schools Expo at Soldier Field

Parents, Students Voice Opinions On School Reform

All six candidates for mayor of Chicago have said the city’s public schools need reform, but like other issues facing the candidates, there is disagreement on specific solutions.

CBS 2–01/29/2011

Empty Classroom

Teachers’ Unions Present Reform Plan

The state’s teachers’ unions are offering a counter-proposal for education reform, and this one demands more accountability from administrators and school boards.

WBBM Newsradio–01/04/2011

Mayor Daley, Gery Chico

Daley Slams Chico For Education Comments

Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico hit a nerve with this week with man he hopes to succeed.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2010