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CTU: $200 Million In Cuts Will Do 'Real Damage'The Chicago Teachers Union was quick to respond to Mayor Emanuel, and to challenge the mayor's assertions about the budget.
Protesters Removed From City Hall After Sit-In Over CPS Bond DealsChicago Police broke up a demonstration at City Hall on Thursday, after activists staged a sit-in to protest controversial bond deals at the Chicago Public Schools.
Teachers Union Fears Massive Layoffs Due To School Closings, Pension CostsWith 49 elementary schools set to close this summer, and the district facing an additional $412 million in pension costs, the Chicago Teachers Union estimated hundreds – if not thousands – of teachers could be laid off to reduce district spending.
Opponents Vow To Keep Fighting, Despite Vote To Close 49 Elementary SchoolsThe decision to close 49 elementary schools in Chicago is done, but bitterness over the move lingered Thursday morning, as the Chicago Teachers Union vowed to continue their fight against the closings, and parents and students protested the looming closure of their schools.
Teachers Union Bus Tour Puts Spotlight On Impact Of School ClosingsSinging the civil rights anthem “Woke Up This Morning,” Congressman Bobby Rush called it “The Freedom Bus.”
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.
Teachers Hold Massive Rally, Prepare For Vote On Whether To End StrikeChicago Teachers Union delegates are expected to meet Sunday afternoon and could decide whether to end a strike that kept students out of classes last week.
Mayor On Teachers' Strike: 'Stay At The Table, Finish It For Our Children'Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday he wants Chicago Public Schools officials and the Chicago Teachers Union to continue negotiating until they finish a deal to open schools again.
Both Sides Say They Want Resolution Before Teacher Strike Could HappenMore than 90 percent of teachers in the Chicago Public Schools voted to authorize a strike this week, in a move that the Chicago Teachers Union believes will provide a leg up in negotiations starting next month.
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