Scholarship program addresses Indiana teacher shortage
Amelia Hamilton | December 07, 2016
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is taking aim at the state's teacher shortage.
Nanny State of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax
Nanny State of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax
Kevin Glass | November 28, 2016
Part 105 of 105 in the series Nanny State of the Week Some of the biggest cities in the United States have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on plastic bags under the guise of environmentalism. But, as many have continued to discover, plastic bags are not the scourge they imagine, and their […]
Almost 1 in 4 Illinois teachers missing more than two weeks of school
Amelia Hamilton | November 07, 2016
Reflecting national numbers, a new report found that 23.5 percent of public school teachers in Illinois are absent more than 10 days in the school year. “This is a concern of the district, and this is something we will be addressing,” said interim Cook County Superintendent Griff Powell. “Teachers with students is a sacred time and […]
Chicago teachers postpone contract vote
Amelia Hamilton | October 26, 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union has postponed a vote on a contract proposal by a week, citing a ballot printing delay. A tentative agreement was reached Oct. 10 on the eve of a threatened strike, and CTU members must now vote on whether they will accept the deal. The vote was originally scheduled for Thursday and […]
First-ever teacher strike at charter school averted
John Bicknell | October 19, 2016
Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter school systems announced a tentative contract agreement at 3 a.m. Wednesday, just hours before they were set to hit the picket line. The deal averted what would have been the first-ever strike at a U.S. charter school. Read more here.
Chicago Public Schools reach deal with Chicago Teachers Union
Amelia Hamilton | October 12, 2016
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said this agreement is "invested in strengthening the classroom and helped our teachers financially, but actually did it in a way that CPS is on a better sustainable path than every contract preceding."
Chicago schools inflated attendance numbers
Amelia Hamilton | October 07, 2016
Four schools in the Chicago Public School District were found to have inflated attendance numbers, which affect funding and performance evaluations. “The schools engineered the appearance of significantly improved attendance rates,” Inspector General Nicholas Schuler said, whose office has recommended penalties for the 20 staffers involved in falsifying the numbers. Read more here.
Well-paid Chicago teachers threaten strike over pension contribution
John Bicknell | October 05, 2016
Despite being some of the highest paid teachers in any large school district in the country, Chicago’s public school teachers are threatening to strike over a contract offer that would raise their pay even further. The reason? The contract would require them to contribute to their own pensions, something workers in the private sector do […]
Reports note Tammy Duckworth coordinated VA’s wasteful ‘Golden Age Games’
Reports note Tammy Duckworth coordinated VA’s wasteful ‘Golden Age Games’
M.D. Kittle | September 30, 2016
The agency reportedly spent more than $2.5 million on the 2011 games, held in Duckworth’s childhood state at the posh Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu.
Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date
Amelia Hamilton | September 30, 2016
CTU president Karen Lewis said, "If we cannot reach the agreement by then, we will withhold our labor. It's time to move this along."