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One of three 100-year-old murals at Trumbull Elementary School. (Credit: Facebook)

CPS Says It Will Protect 100-Year-Old Murals At Closing School

Parents at an Andersonville elementary school slated to close this summer said Chicago Public Schools officials have added insult to injury, with plans to dismantle some historic murals before school is even out.

CBS Chicago–06/06/2013

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Teachers Union Fears Massive Layoffs Due To School Closings, Pension Costs

With 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.

WBBM Newsradio–06/05/2013

Parents and students from three South Side schools slated to close gather outside Pritzker Elementary School in Wicker Park, after trying to enroll there, but being told the school has a waiting list to enroll. (Credit: CBS)

Parents Of Schools Set To Close Want Kids Enrolled At Pritzker On North Side

A group of parents from three elementary schools that are closing on the South Side took a trip to the North Side on Thursday, and tried to enroll their kids at a school whose name is synonymous with wealth and privilege.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2013

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Teachers Union Files New Lawsuit To Stop School Closings

The suit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, argued the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Board of Education should have followed hearing officers’ recommendations to keep 10 of the schools open when the hearing officers found CPS did not follow proper guidelines.

05/29/2013

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. talks to reporters about his son, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from Congress on Nov. 21, 2012. (Credit: CBS)

Rev. Jackson: School Closings Undemocratic

Opponents of Chicago school closures are vowing to fight on, but they appear to have little chance of reversing the mayor’s agenda… unless a federal judge steps in, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

05/25/2013

Protesters marched through Chicago over the weekend, to call for a halt to the plan to close 53 Chicago public schools. (Credit: CBS)

Protests Against School Closings Continue

Parents and other community members met outside a West Side school Friday morning, in an effort to make sure Chicago Public Schools officials and the mayor hear what they have to say about the closing of 49 elementary schools.

05/24/2013

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Parents Have Options If Their Child’s School Is Closing

There is uncertainty, confusion and questions among many parents in the Chicago Public Schools system. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports on the options available to them.

05/23/2013

Asean Johnson, 9, blasts Mayor Rahm Emanuel during a speech at a protest rally at Daley Plaza to oppose school closings. (Credit: CBS)

9-Year-Old Takes On Mayor At School Closings Rally

A 3rd grader from the South Side has become an Internet sensation, after delivering a rousing speech at a rally against school closings earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2013

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Opponents Vow To Keep Fighting, Despite Vote To Close 49 Elementary Schools

The 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.

05/23/2013

Anthony Overton Elementary School. (Credit: CBS)

Parents React To Closing Of Bronzeville School

At one of the schools ordered closed by CPS – there was quiet opposition from some parents today…and some seemed resigned to what is about to happen. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

05/22/2013

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Four Schools To Be Spared From Closing; Another To Be Delayed

Hours before a final vote by the Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools officials have agreed to back off of plans to close four of the 53 elementary schools targeted for closing at the end of the school year, Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz confirmed Wednesday morning.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2013

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

Emanuel Stands Firm On School Closings Plan Ahead Of Board Vote

On the eve of a Board of Education vote, and amid some vociferous opposition from teachers and some parents and students, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was standing by his plan to close more than 50 Chicago public schools.

CBS Chicago–05/21/2013

Protesters marched through Chicago over the weekend, to call for a halt to the plan to close 53 Chicago public schools. (Credit: CBS)

Teachers’ Union To Wrap Up Three-Day Protest Of School Closings

City streets could be full of protesters again on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Union wraps up a three-day march to voice opposition to plans to close more than 50 public schools.

CBS Chicago–05/20/2013

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Chicago Teachers Union Marches For Second Straight Day

For the second day in a row, opponents of Chicago Public School closures marched near those buildings slated to be shuttered, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

05/19/2013

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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

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Teachers Union Files Federal Lawsuits To Halt School Closings

In their continuing efforts to oppose plans to close more than 50 public schools, the Chicago Teachers Union filed two federal lawsuits on behalf of parents whose children attend schools targeted for closure or consolidation.

05/15/2013

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Emanuel Won’t Promise To Follow Hearing Officers’ Recommendations On School Closings

In fact, Mayor Rahm Emanuel hinted strongly that recommendations made by the retired judges — stemming from concerns about the security of some students and the special education needs of others — would not be followed by his handpicked school board.

05/09/2013

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Independent Hearing Officers Oppose Plans To Close 13 Schools

Independent hearing officers enlisted to review plans to close 53 Chicago Public Schools at the end of the school year have opposed at least 13 of the proposed closings.

05/07/2013

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, left, and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett discuss school safety. (CBS)

Schools Chief, Top Cop Review ‘Safe Passage’ Plans For Students

School officials plan to provide safe passage along the routes from every school that’s closing to every school that’s receiving students as long as it’s needed. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.

05/03/2013

Protesters outside CPS headquarters on Wednesday. (Credit: Susanna Song/CBS)

Students Skipping Mandatory Test To Protest School Closings

They are supposed to be taking a mandatory state test today, but about 100 CPS high school students instead were boycotting the test and protesting outside Wednesday’s school board meeting.

04/24/2013

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