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CTU, CPS will head back to the bargaining table, but are more budget cuts coming?

April 18, 2016 - 3:21pm
Officials from the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools are heading back to the bargaining table just days after a third-party fact-finder issued a report largely siding with the district. CTU President Karen Lewis says it's not definite teachers will strike, and if they do whether they'll walk out this spring or next school year.

In teacher contract talks, fact-finder’s report due this weekend

April 15, 2016 - 2:47pm
The third-party fact-finder brought in to help settle contract negotiations between the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union is expected to issue his recommendations on Saturday.

Take 5: LSC elections, college attainment, Rauner’s cuts, neighborhood schools coalition

April 14, 2016 - 11:08am
A handful of community groups recruited and promoted local school council candidates with a shared “education justice” platform in the run up to this week's elections. Meanwhile, Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed a budget for the coming school year that would mean $74 million less in general state aid for Chicago Public Schools.

Better support for neighborhood high schools should be part of CPS strategy, say two reports

April 13, 2016 - 4:59pm
Two reports from Generation All and a Chicago Public Schools working group are calling for more support for neighborhood high schools and better long-term planning. The district plans to release an updated high school strategy by the end of the school year.

Online learning falls short without teacher-student interaction: study

April 11, 2016 - 12:09pm
Research out of Chicago finds that fewer students passed online credit recovery courses in algebra compared to students in traditional classes.

Using ‘innovation’ to get more children into early learning programs

April 8, 2016 - 3:10pm
Eleven communities across the state are testing out strategies to enroll more high-needs children in early learning programs. Some of the best ideas will be scaled up throughout Illinois. But the state’s budget crisis could hinder progress.

Take 5: School funding, DCFS overhaul, college goals, race and school expectations

April 7, 2016 - 11:48am
State Sen. Andy Manar has proposed a new version of a bill to shift more money to lower-income school districts. Plus: how DCFS plans an overhaul, why students are shifting their college sights out of state and how white and black teachers differ on their views of black students.

With no opposition, CTU cancels election and gives Lewis an automatic third term

April 7, 2016 - 10:04am
The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted to cancel the planned May elections, granting President Karen Lewis and her slate from the Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators an automatic re-election.

The new face of voc-ed

April 4, 2016 - 1:42pm
Twenty years ago, Paul Vallas began what became a trend: to favor preparation for college over preparation for a job. For example, he scheduled career training courses outside regular school hours. Today's voc-ed reform efforts center on connecting academics and career training.

Liveblog: April 1 CTU strike

April 1, 2016 - 5:00am
The Chicago Teachers Union's one-day strike begins at 6:30 a.m. today with educators picketing schools. We'll be updating this post throughout the day with dispatches from schools, demonstrations and the union's downtown rally.

CTU contract talks timeline

March 31, 2016 - 1:46pm
A running, interactive timeline tracks the key progress — and setbacks — in contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Board of Education, as well provides some historical context.

Take 5: April 1 strike, UNO spending, opt-out issues

March 31, 2016 - 11:58am
The Chicago Teachers Union is billing its one-day strike on Friday as part of a broader labor push for more state revenue to fund education and social services. Meanwhile, after a three-year battle, the Sun-Times obtained financial documents that show lavish spending by the former head of the United Neighborhood Organization.

Take 5: April 1 strike, bilingual ed, REACH

March 24, 2016 - 9:45am
The Chicago Teachers Union voted in favor of a one-day strike on April 1 over unfair labor practices. Meanwhile a former high-ranking CPS official criticized cuts to bilingual education.

CPS sues to overturn state commission vote to keep 3 charters open

March 23, 2016 - 4:30pm
Chicago Public Schools is suing to block the state charter school commission from keeping open three struggling schools the School Board earlier voted to close. It’s likely the schools will be able to stay open as the cases wind their way through court.

Teachers split over CTU vote on one-day strike

March 23, 2016 - 2:21pm
The House of Delegates votes today on whether teachers will go on a one-day strike on April 1. Some educators say they’ll go to work that day regardless of what delegates decide.

How college advising in CPS got a whole lot smarter

March 21, 2016 - 11:59am
Chicago's push to increase college-going has given the work of high school counselors a sharper focus. Even in tough fiscal times, counselors are honing their skills, and the district is bringing in nonprofit partners to support their work.

Grow Your Own up for CPS contract while Teach For America sees cutback

March 21, 2016 - 10:02am
The School Board will vote on contracts for Grow Your Own, Teach For America and the Golden Apple Foundation to recruit and train a diverse pool of teachers for hard-to-fill positions, including special and bilingual education, and in high-needs schools.

Low-income students left out of Illinois gifted programs: Report

March 17, 2016 - 1:46pm
A report from a new Illinois education organization finds that low-income, black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted programs in school districts across the state.

Take 5: Asbestos in schools, property tax trigger, state financial watch list

March 17, 2016 - 10:27am
Environmental inspectors say dozens of Chicago schools have dangerous levels of asbestos. Meanwhile, financial analysts say that if the cash-strapped school district can’t pay its bond debt, taxpayers may have to foot the bill through an automatic property tax increase.

CPS sues Byrd-Bennett, SUPES pals for $65 million

March 10, 2016 - 12:59pm
Chicago Public Schools is seeking to recoup money spent on the crooked SUPES contract and other penalties under a state law that allows government agencies to sue individuals who commit fraud against them.


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