Chicago Teachers Union

For the record: History lesson, elected board

Linda Lenz | Catalyst Chicago

It is a common misconception that the Chicago mayor acquired the authority to appoint the School Board in 1995. In fact, in Chicago, the mayor has always appointed the School Board, at least during the lifetime of anyone now living.

This issue has come up recently as activists and some aldermen have started to push for an elected school board.

The 1988 Chicago School Reform Act, which decentralized the school system,

CPS, CTU prepare for fact-finding in contract negotiation

Rebecca Harris | Catalyst Chicago

CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union, which have been in mediation since early February, have appointed members of a fact-finding panel – one of the final steps of a lengthy, legally required pre-strike process set out in Illinois law.

According to a document provided by the Chicago Teachers Union, CPS and the union have agreed to appoint the arbitrator Edwin H. Benn as one member of the panel. However, CPS officials have not yet confirmed that plans for fact-finding are under way.

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