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.
March 26, 2015
The downgrade of CPS’ credit rating by Fitch last week might force the district to pay $263 million in termination penalties because of interest-rate "swaps."
March 19, 2015
Most principals in a recent survey say that privatized custodial services have left their schools dirtier than before and accuse CPS of ignoring their complaints. CPS says an independent audit found that schools are now cleaner and at a level of "ordinary tidiness."
March 19, 2015
Suspensions in CPS are on the decline, and teachers and students say they feel safer, according to a new report. But a lack of data on charter school suspensions, which some advocates say leaves a big question mark in an otherwise positive trend.
High schools are now rated on the college enrollment and persistence of their graduates. To solve the money problems, academic difficulties and social challenges that many students face, CPS is partnering with local colleges and universities.
A preschool expansion program financed with a loan from investment bankers has been slow to get off the ground – largely due to stalled recruitment.
Advocates for state-funded child care programs were among those who spoke out at an Illinois Senate hearing in Chicago Monday, joining nearly a dozen organizations that sharply criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed $6 billion in budget cuts for 2016.
As Illinois rolls out the new PARCC exam and anti-testing advocates push the opt-out movement, a survey of teachers in three states finds that they believe the PARCC is much better than previous state tests. They also want more training on the exam.