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August 29, 2016

Urban Educators Stress Value of Big-City Schools Group

With the Council of the Great City Schools now in its 60th year, urban school leaders say the depth of its staff's expertise, the organization's effectiveness in advocating on their behalf, and the sense of camaraderie they feel being part of the group are unmatched elsewhere.

August 25, 2016

Chicago Passes $5.4 Billion Budget, But Still Needs State Assistance

The Chicago school district is relying on property tax hikes and $215 million in pledged financial assistance from the state.

August 10, 2016

Chicago CEO Says Classroom Cuts May Be Necessary Without Union Concessions

Forrest Claypool, the CEO of the Chicago school district, told the Chicago Tribune editorial board that without significant concessions from the teachers' union, the district may be forced to make cuts in the classrooms.

August 05, 2016

Chicago District Plans Nearly 1,000 Layoffs, Including 500 Teachers

The district says it expects the majority of teachers to be rehired for open positions at other schools.

June 15, 2016

Chicago Plans Community Meetings After High Lead Levels Found in Some Schools

The district started voluntary lead testing in April, and, so far, has found elevated lead levels at fixtures, such as sinks and drinking water fountains, at 23 schools.

June 07, 2016

Chicagoans Not Amused at Gov. Rauner's Comment Comparing Schools to 'Prisons'

Chicago Public Schools' parents, teachers, principals, and volunteers launched the hashtag #NotAPrison to push back against Gov. Rauner's comments that some of the city's schools were "basically almost crumbling prisons" and not places where young people should be educated.

June 06, 2016

Illinois Superintendents Urge Gov. Rauner to Act on Education Funding

Fifteen superintendents wrote to Gov. Rauner on June 6, accusing him of playing politics with education funding and warning that the majority of school districts will not be able to open in the fall without changes to state funding.

June 02, 2016

Chicago Schools CEO Says Schools Won't Open Next Year Without State Funding

The state of Illinois ended the fiscal year without passing a budget, and school districts across the state are wondering what happens next.

May 05, 2016

Chicago Teachers' Union Proposes Revenue Fixes, Doesn't Vote on Strike

The Chicago Teachers' Union has proposed what it calls a "recovery package," which it says could raise about $502 million for the financially-beleaguered school district.

May 03, 2016

Will They or Won't They? Chicago Teachers' Union to Vote on Strike

Reports indicate that some Chicago teachers are concerned that a strike before the end of the school year could jeopardize their last paycheck before the summer and their health insurance.

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