Chicago District to Cut $85 Million from Budget This School Year

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.

Study Shows Chicago Is Embracing School Choice

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.

Chicago Schools Announce $100M in Cuts After Union Rejects Offer

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.

Chicago Teachers Union Calls Proposed Cuts by District ‘An Act of War’

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.”

Illinois Students Left Out of State Tests, Labeled ‘Ineligible’

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.

IL Gov on Chicago Schools Takeover Attempt: ‘The Mayor Has Failed’

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.

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