Circa 1955:  American schoolboy Paul Mayo ponders a problem during a school test. Paul must travel to school by ferry every day from his home on Bedloe's Island, where the statue of Liberty stands.  (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images)

Confusion Continues Over Standardized Testing In Chicago

Despite state and federal pressure, Chicago is delaying new standardized tests for 90 percent of CPS. The question remains: Will the city and CPS stick to their guns?


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Mayor Insists His Door Is Open To Principals’ Concerns

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has sought to counter a perception his administration stifles dissent from school principals, saying he and Chicago Public Schools administrators have an open-door policy.


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CTU Fears Chicago Could Follow Philadelphia’s Lead With Teacher Layoffs

Chicago Teachers Union officials fear the city could soon follow Philadelphia’s steps and send out thousands of layoff notices. On Friday, the Philadelphia School District notified more than 3,000 employees of layoffs.


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CPS Restructures Funding To Give Principals More Say On Spending

Chicago Public Schools will move to a per-pupil funding model next year, intended to give principals more flexibility in determining how they spend their school’s dollars — while bringing all schools, including charters, onto the same funding formula.


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

Principals To Union: We Decide Teacher Hiring

Thirty one principals in the Chicago public schools are sending a message to teachers union president Karen Lewis today.


Principals of some extended year schools say their teachers are focused on the students. (CBS)

Principals At E-Track Schools Put Strike Talk Aside

The Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago School Board may be at loggerheads when it comes to a new contract, but in schools where classes have already begun, it’s all business.


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Dozen High-Ranking Educators Accused Of Scamming School Lunch Program

A dozen principals and assistant principals have been removed for allegedly scheming to obtain free or reduced-price school lunches for their own children.

CBS 2–07/13/2012

Chicago Public Schools

CPS To Give Principals $130 Million To Prepare For Longer Day

Principals in the Chicago Public Schools are in line to get $130 million to help pay for next year’s longer school days.

CBS Chicago–04/26/2012

Jean Claude Brizard (Credit: Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

Brizard: ‘Lousy’ Principals Must Be Replaced

The head of the Chicago Public Schools says officials will replace a substantial number of principals, in an effort to help address the problem of poor performance in the most impoverished areas of the city.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2011

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CPS To Give Bonuses To Principals Whose Schools Show Improvement

Chicago Public Schools officials are outlining the standards they will use when they decide which school principals and other will receive raises based on their job performance.

WBBM Newsradio–11/10/2011

Chicago Public Schools

Some Express Doubts About Merit Pay For School Principals

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled $5 million fund to provide merit pay for Chicago Public School principals, but there are some expressing doubts and concerns.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2011

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Credit: City of Chicago)

Emanuel Unveils $5M Fund For Merit Pay For Principals

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday is unveiling a $5 million fund for merit pay for Chicago Public School principals.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2011

Chicago Public Schools

CPS Administrators Won’t Get Pay Raise

Top school administrators were told Thursday that they will not be getting their scheduled raise for 2011-12.

CBS Chicago–07/14/2011

Chicago Public Schools

New Data: All CPS Principals Make Six Figures

Principals are paid handsomely at the Chicago Public Schools, according to new data.