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Tribune reporterTrying to help sell drastic school closings this year, Chicago Public Schools is planning to commit to a five-year moratorium on shuttering schools starting in fall 2013. New schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced the commitment to a moratorium Monday...
"If you can't make it here," many Chicagoans have told me over the years, "you can't make it anywhere." That's why educators, politicians and labor organizers across the nation are keeping a close eye on the city's teachers strike. For public workers'...
Tags: Chicago Mayor, Teachers, Layoffs and Downsizing, Finance, NPR
Growing up on a foreboding South Side block near Brainerd Park, Brooks College Prep senior running back Cleveland Clark considers every day a gift. Not to mention a challenge. "I know what type of neighborhood I live in so I do my best not to even be...
Tags: College Football, Teachers, Sports, Insomnia, Financial Aid
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader. She calls herself, "Your long...
Tribune staff reporterAs America's banking system began to freeze in mid-2008, Juan Rangel's nonprofit United Neighborhood Organization was in trouble. Because of a gubernatorial funding veto, the Latino group, which runs one of Chicago's largest charter school networks,...
Change of SubjectFrom the Sun-Times: In the live survey (of 500 registered Chicago voters) done by McKeon & Associates, a Joliet-based opinion polling company, 47 percent support the strike, 39 percent oppose it and 14 percent didn’t know. The poll has a......
Change of SubjectWPTV-TV West Palm Beach screen grab, 9/18/12 The periodic eruption of twinkles from the capacity crowd in the Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High School auditorium Tuesday night seemed to lend support to the argument of my critics: Allowing the public......
Change of SubjectFrom Sunday's print column Which side won in the Chicago Teachers Union strike? I’ve heard and been asked the question many times since the union suspended its seven-day walkout and its members returned to the classroom Wednesday. The easy, vague......
Change of SubjectHe plays politics like the Hanson Brothers played hockey... Rich Miller on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel The context here is the anti-union group Education Reform Now's reported $1 million TV ad buy in which Emanuel is seen doing a bit......
Change of SubjectChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel scolds the teachers' union that theirs is a "strike of choice," as opposed to... CTU president Karen Lewis stresses benefits, job security and problems with proposed teacher-evaluation system. Teacher David Steiber writes in...
Tribune reporterSeveral hundred protesters marched along Michigan Avenue Monday morning to voice opposition to the school closings plan being put together by Chicago Public Schools. Organized by the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up Chicago, a coalition of labor...
The Chicago Teachers Union, parents and community groups are using the Veteran's Day holiday to march against the school board over proposed school closings. Currently, there is not an official list of specific schools being targetted, but the number...
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