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."
Illinois schools handing out post-retirement bonuses
Amelia Hamilton | September 28, 2016
To cut costs and boost the state’s woefully underfunded teachers pension system, Illinois voted in 2005 to set limits on end-of-career pay raises for teachers and administrators. So, instead of pay raises, districts are paying out tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to employees who are retiring or, in some cases, to those who have already retired. […]
Chicago teachers OK strike
Amelia Hamilton | September 26, 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union has voted again to approve an open-ended strike, which could take place as early as Oct. 11. According to the union, more than 90 percent of union members voted, and 95.6 percent of those votes were in favor of a walkout. “This should come as no surprise to the Board, the mayor […]
Will Chicago teachers strike again?
Amelia Hamilton | August 26, 2016
Teachers protested outside CPS headquarters Wednesday, chanting, "They say cut back. We say fight back!"
School CEO: Cuts coming to Chicago classrooms if unions won’t budge
Amelia Hamilton | August 16, 2016
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says if teachers won’t agree to concessions — and so far unions are balking — “the alternative is cuts to the classroom.” “We don’t believe it’s the right thing to do, and we’re hopeful that upon reflection the teachers union will understand that’s not the right thing to do either,” Claypool […]