Karen Lewis

Anthony Overton Elementary School is one of 28 schools set to close for good in Chicago on June 19, 2013. Another 19 schools will close for good on June 24, while two more will close in 2014 and 2015. (Credit: CBS)

Final Bell Rings For Last Time At 28 Schools Today

Wednesday marks the beginning of school closings in Chicago, with 28 elementary schools preparing for their final day of class before they close for good.

06/19/2013

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

Jesse Owens School. (CBS)

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

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: Emanuel, CPS Can’t Be Trusted On School Closing Promises

As the plan to close more than 50 Chicago Public Schools moves forward, the head of the Chicago Teachers Union said she has numerous examples of what can go wrong, and has gone wrong with previous school closings and consolidations.

WBBM Newsradio–04/19/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shrugged off news that the Chicago Teachers Union plans to seek candidates to run against him in 2015. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Mayor Shrugs Off Teachers Union’s Efforts To Defeat Him In 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel seemed unfazed Tuesday by word that the Chicago Teachers Union plans to work to oust him from office in the next city election.

WBBM Newsradio–04/17/2013

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)

CTU To Seek Candidate To Run Against Emanuel In 2015

In the face of the Chicago Public Schools’ plans to close more than 50 schools this year, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday it would be making a push to run a candidate against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in two years.

04/15/2013

Karen Lewis

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

Getting pumped-up before a race. (Credit: Mason Johnson)

3 Ways Teachers Can Blow Off Rahm-Induced Stress

A few ways teachers can take that crushing anguish they’ve acquired while fighting for their communities and relieve it just the tiniest bit.

03/28/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses plans to close more than 50 public schools, at an unrelated event in Chicago on March 27, 2013. (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM)

Emanuel Shrugs Off ‘Murder Mayor’ Label Given By Teachers’ Union Boss

Mayor Rahm Emanuel staunchly defended his administration’s plan to close more than 50 schools, as well as the head of the Chicago Public Schools, as thousands planned to gather downtown to protest school closings.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2013

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

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

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

Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale (Credit: CBS)

Vitale: ‘Unconscionable’ To Continue Teachers’ Strike After Tentative Deal

Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale said Monday morning it’s “unconscionable” that Chicago Public Schools students are being kept out of class for a 6th day, due to the teachers’ strike, despite a tentative agreement between negotiators for CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union.

09/17/2012

Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket outside of Marshall High School on the third day of a teachers' strike on September 12, 2012. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Judge Holds Off On City’s Request To Halt Teachers’ Strike

A Cook County judge will not immediately consider the Chicago Public Schools’ request for an injunction halting the teachers’ strike, spurning the city’s effort to get schools open again by Tuesday.

09/16/2012

Teacher Rally

Teachers Hold Massive Rally, Prepare For Vote On Whether To End Strike

Chicago 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.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

Teachers Strike: Day 5

‘Framework’ For Teachers’ Contract In Place, School Likely Monday

Negotiators working to end the five-day Chicago teachers’ strike say they have a “framework” for a contract and expect school to resume on Monday.

CBS Chicago–09/14/2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (left) and other union officials were all smiles after ending another day of contract talks with Chicago Public Schools officials on the third day of the teachers' strike. Both sides called Wednesday's talks productive. (Credit: CBS)

Union: No School Friday, But Contract Talks Ongoing

Classes were canceled for a fifth straight day at Chicago public schools as the Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union reportedly moved closer to a contract deal that would end a walkout by instructors.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis (left) and other union officials were all smiles after ending another day of contract talks with Chicago Public Schools officials on the third day of the teachers' strike. Both sides called Wednesday's talks productive. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Strike Reaches Day 4, But Both Sides Optimistic

For the first time since the Chicago teachers’ strike started on Monday, both Chicago Public Schools officials and the Chicago Teachers Union were on the same page about the progress of contract talks, saying Wednesday’s meeting was a productive one.

CBS Chicago–09/12/2012

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