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April 28, 2017

Illinois Judge Dismisses Chicago Funding-Discrimination Lawsuit Against the State

The Chicago school district sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state board of education alleging that state school funding discriminated against Chicago's largely poor, Hispanic, and black students.

February 27, 2017

Chicago District Threatens Shorter Year; Summer School Cancellation

City education leaders say they may be forced to cut the school year short by nearly two weeks and take other drastic steps unless a judge acts to force the state to make up for millions of dollars in lost aid to Chicago's schools.

November 14, 2016

Entire School Board in Small Virginia Town Resigns

The seven-member school board in Franklin City, Va., resigned after the City Council asked the members to do so over questions of financial management.

October 27, 2016

Chicago District Plans to Borrow $1 Billion

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Board of Education approved borrowing nearly $1 billion for construction costs and to refinance high-interest debt.

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 19, 2016

Judge Rules Against Detroit Schools in Teacher Sickout Case

The Detroit schools' lawyers said the protests were really teacher strikes, which are technically illegal under state law, and sought an injunction to immediately halt them.

July 25, 2016

Michigan to Pay Detroit's Legal Fees in Teacher Sickout Lawsuit

Covering the cost of legal bills is just the latest helping hand the state has provided to the cash-strapped school system.

June 22, 2016

Michigan Governor Signs $617M Detroit Schools Bailout Package

The package of bills will help Detroit schools pay off $467 million in operating debt and provide $150 million in start-up funding for a new debt-free district.

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 04, 2016

Detroit Teachers Return to Class After Two-Day Protest

Coordinated teacher sickouts had closed 94 of the district's 97 schools Monday and Tuesday, leaving tens of thousands of students out of class.

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