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Activist Asiaha Butler is lobbying to find new uses for vacant schools in Englewood, the neighborhood hardest hit by 2013's school closings.
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Activist Asiaha Butler is lobbying to find new uses for vacant schools in Englewood, the neighborhood hardest hit by 2013's school closings.

Vacant schools still waiting for a second life

2 hours ago

Of 42 buildings left vacant after the 2013 school closings, CPS immediately found new uses for four. Altogether, 33 are still vacant with no firm repurposing plans. Since the closings, property crimes have gone up in some cases.

Teachers union members and community activists gather for an education rally outside the Thompson Center on March 26, 2015.

CTU unveils first set of contract proposals

March 27, 2015

The Chicago Teachers Union presented an ambitious set of proposals for its next contract, including smaller class sizes and ensuring all schools have counselors, nurses, art teachers and truancy officers. Many of the proposals are not negotiable in a labor contract and represent more of ideological asks.

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