The move could end up saving the district from financial collapse—or hurting kids’ education.
In a move the district acknowledged was unprecedented for the middle of a school year, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday cut millions of dollars from school budgets, forcing principals to refigure their plans with the second semester just underway.
In Chicago, roughly half of all students attend the school for which they are zoned. But at the high school level, that number drops to 27 percent, a sign that Windy City families are embracing school choice.
Lawmakers of all stripes have pledged support in recent weeks for overhauling the state’s outdated school funding formula, which nearly everyone agrees penalizes students in poorer districts.
Authorities in Chicago refuse to rule out the possibility of filing a lawsuit to force the state to help the Chicago Public Schools budget crisis.
More than a thousand teachers marched down La Salle Street on Thursday afternoon, starting in the heart of Chicago’s financial district, to protest a recent contract offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Officials with Chicago Public Schools said Tuesday they’re ready to cut $100 million from school budgets and force teachers to pay more pension costs after their union rejected the latest contract offer, ratcheting up the tone of contentious negotiations that have lasted over a year.
One day after the Chicago Teachers Union rejected a contract proposal from Chicago Public Schools, district officials said they would slash school budgets and stop paying the bulk of teachers’ pension contributions — moves CTU’s president quickly blasted as “an act of war.”
No wonder Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants the state to take over Chicago Public Schools.
The Chicago Teachers Union rejected a four-year contract offer from the city, with union leaders saying they approved of certain provisions in the proposal but were concerned about the cash-strapped district’s ability to enforce the deal.
Students who provide false information to win access to the city’s selective-enrollment schools will be permanently barred from the marquee programs under a policy announced Friday by Chicago Public Schools.
Forty members of the Chicago Teachers Union are slated Monday to consider a “serious offer” for a new four-year contract, a step that’s making another teachers strike look less likely.
Chicago Public Schools held off on a planned $875 million borrowing deal Wednesday as investors take a hard look at whether to bet on the cash-strapped district’s bonds.
Chicago Public Schools turned to a familiar tactic in the face of its latest fiscal crisis, slashing its nonteaching ranks and eliminating vacant positions in a bid to save tens of millions of dollars.
DuPage County’s Addison Trail High School enrolled nearly 600 freshmen at the start of the 2014-15 school year, but when it came time to give a new state exam in ninth-grade-level English language arts, more than 100 of the kids disappeared from the testing roster.
Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, voiced optimism Thursday about the progress of contract negotiations with the school board and acknowledged her members could be in line to “lose certain things.”
Chicago Public Schools plans to announce a long-anticipated round of job cuts Friday that the district says will affect “central office and administrative staff,” not teachers.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday launched a years-in-the-making all-out assault on the Chicago Teachers Union, pushing a state takeover of the city’s public school system while contending his onetime ally Mayor Rahm Emanuel had “failed” to get the job done.