The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run.
Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city’s Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of the largest public education districts in the country.
In Galesburg, back to school has been delayed as the teachers union and the District 205 board seem to be at an impasse.
More than a year after Chicago Public Schools closed nearly 50 schools for under-enrollment, there has been little progress on finding new uses for most of the now-empty buildings.
Karen Lewis, the Chicago Teachers Union president now considering whether to run for mayor, has frequently railed against the influence of the wealthy.
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating alleged Title VI civil rights violations at two public schools on the South Side.
Illinois school districts have employed hundreds of educators to teach everything from science to special education even though they lacked proper credentials in those subjects, a Tribune investigation has found.
Teachers in nearly a dozen school districts in the metro-east are negotiating contracts as the school year approaches, and in at least one — Highland — they have filed a notice of intent to strike.
Chicago Public Schools is soliciting bids for three of the nearly 50 school buildings it closed last year.
A powerful Chicago alderman’s sister who failed Chicago Public Schools’ selection test for principals twice will become the new principal at Gray Elementary thanks to changes in the district’s hiring policy made in July.
A Fairfield teacher and coach is accused of unlawfully videotaping students.
Principal Joshua VanderJagt of Ogden International School has asked to be reassigned after an incident arose in recent months involving anti-Semetic bullying between students at the school.
The popular ACT college entrance exam has been bumped from the roster of required state tests in 2015, part of a wave of changes reshaping how and when Illinois students are tested, which drew criticism from educators across the Chicago region.
While officials acknowledged the potential pitfalls of using a one-time accounting maneuver to cover a gaping deficit, Chicago’s Board of Education Wednesday unanimously approved a $5.8 billion operating budget and another $1 billion in spending on capital projects and debt payments.
State lawmakers have intervened repeatedly in Illinois’ teacher licensing process, going to bat in some cases for candidates who did not meet state requirements and applicants with criminal pasts as well as for relatives, donors and constituents, a Tribune investigation revealed.
While Chicago Public Schools officials maintain they do everything to keep budget cuts away from the classroom, the proposed operating budget for the coming school year decreases funding to 504 traditional neighborhood schools by $72 million.
Much of the recent national conversation about school lunches has revolved around whether we’ll keep feeding a generation of overweight kids cheap, high-fat pizza, Tater Tots, and chicken nuggets. While healthier options are great and worth fighting for, they can’t make much difference if a family can’t afford to pay for its child to eat them. It turns out that so many public school students are poor in Chicago that the federal government is stepping in and giving every kid meals for free.
The Chicago Public Schools has an arts teacher in almost all of its schools but still doesn’t provide equal access to all students, according to report by a school arts advocacy organization.
Among several new laws effective in Illinois this week is a requirement that children attend kindergarten at a younger age, a shift that state officials say could mean higher costs for an already underfunded school system.
Forced once again to cover a gaping deficit that this year approaches $900 million, Chicago Public Schools is using a one-time accounting adjustment to make ends meet in a $5.8 billion preliminary operating budget that was released Wednesday.