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June 24, 2015

Chicago Public School District Owes $634 Million in Pension Funds. Can It Pay?

The district is strapped for cash, faces a $1.1 billion deficit, and may be unable to make its full $634 million pension payment due by the end of June.

June 02, 2015

Rahm Emanuel Appoints New Members to Chicago School Board

The new appointments come on the heels of the resignation of the schools chief amid an ongoing federal investigation into a no-bid contract awarded by the school board.

June 01, 2015

Chicago Schools CEO Resigns Amid Federal Probe

Barbara Byrd-Bennett's resignation comes as federal officials investigate a $20.5 million no-bid contract the district awarded to one of her former employers.

May 21, 2015

Georgia District Hires Superintendent After Firing Search Firm That Found Him

Stephen Green will take the helm of the Dekalb County, Ga., schools in July. He's coming from Kansas City, Mo., where he has served as superintendent since 2011.

May 14, 2015

Ratings Agency Downgrades Chicago Schools' Debt

The downgrade reflects the pressures of rising pension obligations following a state supreme court ruling last week that changes to the state's pension law in 2013 were unconstitutional.

April 20, 2015

Federal Probe in Chicago Schools Includes Non-Profit Education Fund

Federal officials are reportedly looking into a $20.5 million contract awarded to a company that once employed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

April 17, 2015

Chicago Schools CEO Takes Leave Amid Federal Probe

The union's call for an elected school board came after news broke that the FBI was investigating a $20.5 million non-competitive bid awarded to SUPES Academy, which formerly employed district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

April 16, 2015

FBI Investigating No-Bid Contract in Chicago District, Local Media Report

The probe allegedly centers around a $20.5 million no-bid contract to SUPES Academy, where CPS' CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett once worked, according to local media accounts.

April 07, 2015

Emanuel Wins Second Term as Chicago Mayor After Tough Runoff

Emanuel was forced into a runoff with Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County Commissioner, after failing to win 50 percent of the votes in the February election.

March 20, 2015

Vulnerable Chicago Students Face Frequent Discipline, Report Finds

The decreases come as teachers and students report feeling safer in the city's schools, according to the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research.

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