Wendy Katten

Empty Classroom

Proposals For 21 CPS Charter Schools Prompt Heated Debate

A hearing on 21 proposed new Chicago Public Schools charters drew at least 300 people to CPS headquarters on a snowy Monday evening, with supporters and opponents equally passionate about the need to propel or quash charter efforts.

12/17/2013

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Parents, Teachers Rally To Save Neighborhood Schools

There were rallies at schools across the city today as parents and teachers organize to save neighborhood schools.

01/19/2013

Chicago Public Schools

House Committee OKs CPS Plan To Delay School Closings List

An Illinois House committee has endorsed a plan to give the Chicago Public Schools four more months to decide where to make cuts in the number of schools the system operates.

WBBM Newsradio–11/27/2012

Approximately 5,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers marched down Michigan Avenue on May 23, 2012, as a show of solidarity amid contract talks with the Emanuel administration. (Credit: CBS)

Teacher Contract Impasse Could Leave Parents Caught In Crossfire

Parents of kids at Chicago Public Schools have a huge stake in teacher contract talks, but no spot at the bargaining table; if there’s a strike, they’re left to wonder, “What will I do with my kids?”

CBS 2–09/04/2012

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

Members of several parent groups speak to reporters outside the mayor's office at City Hall, where they had gathered to demand a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about plans for a longer school day at Chicago Public Schools. (Credit: CBS)

Parent Groups Want Meeting With Mayor On Longer School Day

Several parents groups are questioning how the Chicago Public Schools can lengthen the school day starting next fall, without solid plans on how to use the extra time, or enough money to pay for it.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2012