Chicago Public Schools to begin layoffs
Amelia Hamilton | August 08, 2016
Chicago Public Schools is laying off 500 teachers, all of whom are eligible to re-apply for jobs elsewhere in the district. Five hundred other school-based staff are also being laid off. The Chicago Teachers Union said “the gutting of experienced educators and other school employees only weakens schools and puts children at a disadvantage,” although most […]
The story behind Chicago’s ‘impossible to comply with’ home-sharing ordinance
The story behind Chicago’s ‘impossible to comply with’ home-sharing ordinance
Nathaniel Crosser | August 08, 2016
Shorge Sato is a Chicago attorney who specializes in real estate law and is recognized as a top rated business litigator by Super Lawyers magazine. And even he can’t make sense of the Windy City’s new 58-page ordinance governing home-sharing firms like Airbnb, VRBO and others that the City Council adopted on a 43-7 vote on June […]
Explaining Chicago’s rising graduation rate
Amelia Hamilton | August 03, 2016
Students in Chicago are now three times more likely to graduate than they are to drop out, a ratio that at one time was nearly equal. In the last sixteen years, the graduation rate for Chicago Public Schools has increased 22 percent. A new report — High School Graduation Rates Through Two Decades of District Change –– by the University of […]
Wikileaks emails bring back Tammy Duckworth’s old political friends — Shah and Blagojevich
Wikileaks emails bring back Tammy Duckworth’s old political friends — Shah and Blagojevich
M.D. Kittle | August 03, 2016
In July 2007, as the clouds of corruption swirled around Blagojevich, Duckworth praised her boss. The governor introduced the VA director as the “star of his administration.”
Tensions remain in Chicago education
Tensions remain in Chicago education
Amelia Hamilton | July 29, 2016
If you’re wondering how things are going between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago’s teachers, it was just last week that an email was uncovered in which he wrote that half of them are “virtually illiterate” and that the principals to whom they report are “incompetent,” the Chicago Tribune reported. While he has since apologized for […]
Chicago Teachers Union holds protest over funding
Amelia Hamilton | July 22, 2016
The Chicago Teachers’ Union picketed outside of city hall earlier this week to demand more funding. The protest was a reaction to the recently-released Chicago Public Schools budget, which includes nominal per-student funding of $4,087. CTU is pushing for $5,000 per student. Read more here.    
Illinois diverts federal funds from teachers to pensions
Illinois diverts federal funds from teachers to pensions
Illinois News Network | July 21, 2016
Illinois’ most impoverished school districts have lost millions of dollars to a scheme intended to shore up the state’s monumentally underfunded teacher pension reserve.
Friedrichs v. CTA: Case dead, but questions raised on teachers’ rights alive
Friedrichs v. CTA: Case dead, but questions raised on teachers’ rights alive
Heather Kays | July 07, 2016
"The current doctrine simply is not sustainable. Government should not be able to force individuals to give money to ideas they disagree with, whether that be teachers unions or any other ideological organization."
Sun-Times: Everyone feeling the pain but teachers union
Amelia Hamilton | July 06, 2016
The editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times has some harsh words for the Chicago Teachers Union: It’s time to feel the pain. A new Illinois spending plan, the op-ed says, will have Illinois taxpayers and Chicago property taxpayers feeling the pain, and Gov. Bruce Rauner is already feeling it. “So, let’s see. Who has yet […]
Disaster deferred: Chicago schools to open on time
Amelia Hamilton | July 01, 2016
"In the scheme of things," said Charles Burbridge, executive director of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, "$12 million is not a grave issue. It's something that we'll work out."