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November 10, 2015

Chicago Teachers Union Says Members Are Willing to Strike

Ninety-seven percent of union members who participated in a "practice" strike vote last week supported a walkout if necessary, the union says.

November 03, 2015

Is Another Teachers' Union Strike Brewing in Chicago?

The Chicago Teachers' Union is urging its members to save up to 25 percent of their paychecks in preparation for a possible strike next year.

October 15, 2015

Ex-Chicago Schools CEO's Work in Detroit Faces Scrutiny

Barbara-Byrd Bennett pleaded guilty to defrauding the Chicago schools. Now, a contract she awarded during her time in the Detroit schools is getting another look.

October 13, 2015

Ex-Chicago Schools Chief Pleads Guilty in Federal Corruption Case

Barbara Byrd-Bennett was accused of steering about $23 million in no-bid contracts to a former employer in exchange for kickbacks.

October 08, 2015

Former Chicago Schools CEO Indicted in Alleged Bribery, Kickback Scheme

The 23-count indictment from the U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Barbara Byrd-Bennett steered the more than $20 million in contracts to her former employers.

September 23, 2015

With Hunger Strike Over, Chicago Activists to Focus on Elected School Board

Activists ended a 34-day hunger strike to reopen Dyett High School. They will channel their energy into advocating for an elected Chicago school board.

September 22, 2015

Chicago's High Suspension Rates Driven By Schools With Concentrated Poverty

A new study by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research takes a deep dive into disparities in Chicago school district's suspension data.

September 10, 2015

Former Chicago Schools CEO Brizard Lands Consulting Job

In his new role, Brizard will help school leaders turn around under-performing school districts

September 04, 2015

Chicago to Reopen Dyett High School as Arts-Focused School, Innovation Lab

Twelve residents have been staging a hunger strike to keep Dyett High School in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood open as a green technology school.

August 27, 2015

Chicago District Approves $5.7 Billion Budget That Relies Heavily on Outside Aid

The district is banking on state assistance, a property tax increase, and borrowed funds to get through the school year.

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