Karen Lewis

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard (Credit: CBS)

Brizard Reflects On First Year Of Running Chicago Schools

It’s been a bit more than a year on the job for Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. Some critics have said it’s been a bumpy, road with many obstacles ahead for Brizard – including a potential teachers’ strike.

CBS 2–06/25/2012

Karen Lewis Votes

Chicago Teachers Vote To Authorize Strike

Chicago teachers have voted to authorize a strike, setting the stage for intense contract negotiations to avoid a possible walkout in the fall.

CBS Chicago–06/11/2012

Teachers Strike Authorization Vote

Teachers Already Crying Foul As Strike Authorization Vote Wraps Up

The city could soon know whether Chicago Public Schools teachers are going to authorize a strike, but the teachers are already crying foul.

CBS Chicago–06/08/2012

Karen Lewis Votes

Teachers Cast Ballots On Whether To Authorize Strike

Chicago Public Schools teachers began voting today on whether to authorize a strike.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard, Karen Lewis

Teachers Prepare For Strike Authorization Vote

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis met with more than 200 teachers and other union members this morning at Lane Tech High School, one day before the union takes a strike authorization vote.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Jean-Claude Brizard, Karen Lewis

Brizard Says He Wants Raise For Teachers; CTU’s Lewis Says Offers Are Not Enough

Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard says he wants teachers to have a raise, and is asking the Chicago Teachers Union to hold off on its strike authorization vote set for this coming Wednesday.

CBS Chicago–06/04/2012

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, announces plans Friday for members to take a strike-authorization vote next week. (CBS)

Chicago Teachers To Take Strike Authorization Vote Next Week

The Chicago Teachers Union says it will conduct a strike authorization vote next week.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said an informal poll of teachers at 150 public schools showed "overwhelming" support for a strike if contract talks with the Emanuel administration break down. (Credit: CBS)

Possible Chicago Teacher Strike Looms After Talks Break Down

Talks have broken down between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, and the possibility of a teacher strike is beginning to loom.

CBS Chicago–04/17/2012

Rahm Emanuel With Students

Emanuel Scales Back Longer School Day

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer Jean-Claude Brizard have agreed to scale back the longer school day for elementary students.

CBS Chicago–04/10/2012

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said an informal poll of teachers at 150 public schools showed "overwhelming" support for a strike if contract talks with the Emanuel administration break down. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers Union Prepared For Strike: ‘We’re Fed Up’

The Chicago Teacher’s Union said Thursday that contract talks with the Emanuel administration are “cordial,” but the union is also planning for the possibility of a strike.

CBS Chicago–04/05/2012

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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

School Board Vote

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