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Constitutional amendment may put redistricting authority in the hands of independent commission

Latinos could be underrepresented in proposed independent commission to draw legislative districts A constitutional amendment establishing an independent commission to draw legislative districts may be on the ballot in November. What would the proposed change mean for Latino communities? The issue emerged this month when an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education […]

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Do we need more charter schools?

Parents and students packed the assembly room at Shields Middle School demanding more resources for neighborhood schools Community residents met Tuesday to highlight CPS plans to expand charter schools just months after closing 50 neighborhood schools and cutting school budgets drastically. “We can’t allow CPS to continue to take money from our neighborhood schools,” said […]

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Fuzzy Math: The CPS Budget Crisis

As citywide opposition to Mayor Emanuel’s massive school closing program comes into sharper focus every day, the rationale for the plan gets fuzzier and fuzzier. Take the question of money. When CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett accepted her utilization commission’s call for taking high school closings off the table, the potential savings from school closings was […]

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Questions for the School Utilization Commission

There’s an awful lot of confusion around the CPS’s new commission on school utilization An earlier version of this report appeared at Community Media Workshop’s Newstips.org. There’s lot of confusion around CPS’s new commission on school utilization and the district’s drive to close neighborhood schools. There’s confusion over CPS claims of an enrollment crisis, over […]

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People’s City Council Drafts New Resolution

On Thursday July 7, the UIC forum became the gathering place for a mock city council debate led by activists, city residents and union members. Over 1,000 Chicagoans representing a coalition of community and labor groups gathered in support of a one-of-a-kind “people’s city council meeting.” “We will hear the stories of how American families […]