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Karen Lewis discusses city issues with IPO members

Chicago Teachers Union leader participates in a series of talks before deciding whether to challenge Rahm Speaking before the 22nd Ward Independent Political Organization last week, Karen Lewis sounded very much like a mayoral candidate — and the audience seemed to like that idea very much. The Aug. 21 event was hosted by Ald. Ricardo […]

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Chicago Public Schools adjust student code of conduct

The Chicago Board of Education approved revisions to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Student Code of Conduct (SCC), at its June meeting. Changes to the SCC go into effect on September and will establish a restorative approach to student behavior, a redefined description of what qualifies as inappropriate behavior, and more options for administrators who […]

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New law lowers minimum school age requirement in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Sunday Aug. 25 that lowered Illinois’ compulsory school age from seven to six, which would take effect in the fall of 2014. During the signing ceremony at Chicago West Side’s Nash Elementary School, Quinn said enrolling children in school at a younger age allows them to take the fullest […]

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Board of Education Approves Closure of 49 CPS Schools, 1 High School Program

Despite ongoing pleas from parents to keep their kid’s schools open, the Chicago Board of Education is closing dozens of them. During its monthly board meeting Wednesday, the Board of Education unanimously voted to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program. After months of public hearings, CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett emphasized that “we […]

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CPS Shifting to Per-Pupil Funding Model

Chicago Public Schools will change how it funds schools next year, announcing it will give principals the power to choose how to direct their resources. Next year, all CPS schools will receive a specific amount of funding per student. In the past, principals received per-position allocations from the Central Office based on a formula that […]

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On Strike: Chicago Teachers Head to Picket Lines After CTU, CPS Contract Talks Fail

For the first time in 25 years, Chicago public school teachers are on strike. After heavy negotiations between delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public School (CPS) officials, CTU president Karen Lewis announced last night no agreement had been reached. “Negotiations have been intense but productive. But we’ve failed to come to […]

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Chicago Teachers Union Sets Strike Date for Sept. 10

Chicago Teachers Union members will walk out to strike on Sept. 10 unless an agreement can be reached with CPS, announced union president Karen Lewis on Thursday, Aug. 30. The announcement comes one day after Lewis filed the required 10-day strike notice – an authorization issued to her by CTU delegates on Aug. 22. “This […]

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CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard Says Strike Vote was Rushed

CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said he’s disappointed at the Chicago Teachers Union leadership for rushing their members to vote for a strike before giving them the opportunity to consider the independent fact finder’s compromise report due in July. “The CTU leadership left the teachers with a choice between a strike and nothing — that’s a […]

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Chicago Public Schools to Extend High School Days by 36 Minutes

Chicago Public School officials announced on Thursday, Dec. 22 the school day in Chicago Public High Schools will extend by 36 minutes at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Under the extended school day guidelines, high school students would receive an additional 46 minutes of direct instruction, eliminating the current 14-minute homeroom, and providing […]

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Tilden Slated for Turnaround: How Many Transitions Can a School Handle?

Tilden Career Academy, located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, has been among the 10 schools flagged to become a “turnaround” school next year. Without having a clear understanding of what will happen to the school, the students and parents worry that new changes are only going to perpetuate the existing high teacher turnover rate […]