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Emanuel Denies Saying He’d Given Up On Some Schoolchildren

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is denying an accusation from the head of the teachers union that he ever made comments suggesting he has given up on some Chicago Public schoolchildren.

WBBM Newsradio–02/29/2012

New Chicago schools boss Jean-Claude Brizard (CBS)

Brizard Defends Decision To Close Or ‘Turn Around’ 17 Schools

Improve schools by turning them around with a new leadership team, or close them; that was the message that the head of the Chicago Public Schools took to a South Side church congregation Sunday, following the school board’s decision last week to close or “turn around” 17 schools.

WBBM Newsradio–02/26/2012

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Teachers Furious After Board Votes To Close, Overhaul Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union is slamming the School Board, after the board approved a plan to close seven public schools next year and stage “turnarounds” for 10 others.

CBS Chicago–02/23/2012

Chicago Public Schools

Costly Sick Day Policy To End For CPS Administrators

Action is being taken to stop millions of dollars in payouts to Chicago Public Schools employees who retire or resign.

CBS 2–02/22/2012

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Teachers Want Pay Hikes, More Benefits

Marking the start of what is expected to be contentious contract negotiations, the Chicago Teachers Union made its first round of demands to the Chicago Board of Education.


Protesters staged a rally outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Dec. 13, 2011, a day ahead of a school board meeting to discuss plans to close, consolidate or make other drastic changes at 18 schools next year. Some protesters planned to stay overnight to be first in line to get into the board meeting. (Credit: CBS)

Protesters Stage Sit-In At CPS Ahead Of Meeting On School Closures

More than 500 people jammed the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Public Schools’ downtown headquarters for a 90-minute rally Tuesday night and a handful were determined to stay the night to be first in line for Wednesday’s school board meeting.

CBS Chicago–12/13/2011

CPS Classroom

CPS Plans To Shutter 2 Elementary Schools, Phase Out 2 High Schools

Chicago Public Schools officials are planning to close two elementary schools next fall and phase out two high schools as part of a major overhaul of schools in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first year leading the district.

CBS Chicago–11/30/2011

Chicago Public Schools

10 Chicago Public Schools Targeted For ‘Turnaround’

Hundreds of pink slips might soon be on the way for principals, teachers and staff members at 10 Chicago Public Schools.

CBS Chicago–11/29/2011

Karen Lewis Video

CTU’s Lewis Blames Right-Wing Bloggers For Spreading Video

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis apologized for some remarks she made to a group in Seattle last month, but she stood by those comments and blamed right-wing bloggers for publicizing them.

CBS Chicago–11/16/2011

Walter Jacobson

Walter’s Perspective: Shame On Karen Lewis

It’s too early for the Oscars and Emmys, I know, but I already have a nomination for the worst performance of the year by a new star of stage and screen: the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis.

CBS 2–11/15/2011

Karen Lewis Video

Teachers Union: Lewis’ Mocking Of Duncan Was ‘Attempt At Humor’

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis is apologizing for a mocking remark she made about U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2011

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Makes New Push To Close, Consolidate Failing Schools

Chicago Public Schools could be in for another round of closures and consolidations.


Teachers union representatives met with aldermen at a Chicago hotel Monday. (CBS)

Teachers Union Courts Aldermen In Debate Over Longer School Day

School was in session Monday -– for aldermen. The Chicago Teachers Union was busy trying to convince City Council members that it is not trying to obstruct plans for a longer school day.


CTU President Karen Lewis; Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

City Hall, Teachers Continue Trading Barbs Over Longer School Day

Bad blood between City Hall and the Chicago Teachers Union showed no sign of getting any better on Wednesday as the mayor and the union traded shots again over the push to get teachers to voluntarily accept a longer school day.

CBS 2–09/28/2011

William H Brown Elementary School (Credit: CBS)

Teachers At Brown Discuss Approval Of Longer School Day

Chicago Public School teachers were speaking out for the first time on Tuesday about the difficult decision to vote for a longer school day. So far, teachers at 12 public schools have agreed to extend the school day by 90 minutes.

CBS Chicago–09/20/2011

School day website. (Credit: CBS)

Chicago Schools Launch New Website On Longer School Day

Chicago Public Schools administrators want your input on how to use the extra time that will be added to the school day starting next year.


Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard discussed the future of the school system at a public forum at UIC on Sept. 13, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Brizard, Lewis Talk Longer School Day At Public Forum

While the debate over a longer school day in Chicago continued to heat up, the heads of the teachers union and the Chicago Public Schools held a spirited debate Tuesday evening on the future of the school system.

CBS Chicago–09/13/2011

Union members, activists and members of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition rally at the Thompson Center to support President Barack Obama's jobs plan on Sept. 10, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Unions, Activists March To Support Obama Jobs Plan

Several hundred people gathered in the Thompson Center plaza on Saturday to voice support for the jobs plan unveiled Thursday by President Obama.

CBS Chicago–09/11/2011

CTU President Karen Lewis; Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

CTU President: Enraged Mayor Swore, ‘Disrespected’ Her During Private Talk

CTU president Karen Lewis accuses Mayor Emanuel of getting in her face and yelling at her during a recent meeting to discuss a longer school day.


Chicago Public Schools

Kids Prepare For First Day Of Class Amid Longer Day Debate

As students and parents were preparing for the first day of school in just two days, the head of the teachers union was standing firm in insisting that schools should wait for a more detailed plan before implementing a longer school day.

CBS Chicago–09/04/2011