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Current, Former CPS Officials Dismiss Talk Of Possible Bankruptcy

Past and present Chicago Public School officials agree talk of possible bankruptcy is way off-base, and the state needs to take a more concrete role in easing the system’s pension crisis, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

08/25/2015

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CPS Outlines Budget Cuts, Warns Of More Without Pension Relief

The Emanuel administration said a loss of more than $100 million in state aid for the Chicago Public Schools has forced the district to make cuts at neighborhood schools, and warned things could get worse without help from Springfield.

07/13/2015

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House Defeats Delay In CPS Pension Payment

Illinois Democrats’ cross-party dispute in the state Capitol turned internal Tuesday when the majority party in the House failed to approve giving cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools a six-week reprieve on making a $634 million pension contribution.

06/23/2015

Interim Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz discusses the district's "Safe Haven" summer programming for students. (Credit: CBS)

Interim CPS Chief Looking Forward To Working With New Board

In the wake of the resignation of Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the interim head of the district was pledging to work with the new Chicago Board of Education, while begging off staying in his current position on a permanent basis.

06/02/2015

Members of the Chicago Board of Education voted on Feb. 22, 2012, to close seven public schools and impose "turnaround" plans at 10 others, meaning the staffs of those schools will be fired and replaced, but students will stay. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel To Shake Up Chicago Board Of Education

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel searches for a new leader for the Chicago Public Schools, he also has decided to replace most of the school board that approved a controversial $20.5 million no-bid contract which is the focus of a federal investigation.

06/02/2015

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CPS Suspends Controversial No-Bid Contract At Center Of Federal Probe

The Chicago Public Schools have suspended a controversial $20.5 million contract with a company that provides leadership training to principals, amid a federal investigation of the company’s ties to CPS Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

04/22/2015

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School Board VP Condemns Anti-Semitic Bullying At Ogden

The vice president of the Chicago Board of Education said Thursday that Chicago Public Schools does not condone anti-Semitism. It was the first time a Chicago schools official has used that term to describe an ugly incident at Ogden International School.

06/06/2014

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Summer’s Almost Over For CPS Students; Classes Begin Monday

Chicago Public Schools officials are reminding parents and students that this is the last weekend of summer vacation; classes begin for all CPS students on Monday.

08/23/2013

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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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Four Schools To Be Spared From Closing; Another To Be Delayed

Hours before a final vote by the Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools officials have agreed to back off of plans to close four of the 53 elementary schools targeted for closing at the end of the school year, Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz confirmed Wednesday morning.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2013

Parents, students and protesters stage an "occupation" of Brian Piccolo Elementary Specialty School to protest plans to replace the entire school staff. (Credit: CBS)

Parents, Protesters End School Sit-In After Promised Meeting With CPS Leaders

Parents ended their 22-hour sit-in at Brian Piccolo Elementary Specialty School on the West Side on Saturday after being promised that they would get a chance to plead their case in a series of meetings with Board of Education members Monday and Tuesday.

CBS Chicago–02/19/2012