This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether public-sector unions may require workers who are not members to help pay for bargaining and grievance processing. A ruling against the union could deliver a severe blow to organized labor.
July 1, 2015
Chicago Public Schools announced Wednesday that it would cut $200 million in spending for the coming school year by eliminating 1,400 positions, leaving special education vacancies open and cutting stipends for elementary school sports coaches, among other reductions.
June 30, 2015
In a statewide survey of more than 100,000 teachers and 750,000 students, Chicago schools are viewed as strong in three school climate factors: effective leaders, collaborative teachers and ambitious instruction.
June 26, 2015
Urban Prep Academies fired more than a dozen teachers last week, a move activists charge was tied to their union activities.
CPS is known for a handful of powerhouse basketball teams. But most high schools, especially those in poor communities, offer few opportunities for teens to get involved in sports. To do so, schools must raise their own money for athletics.
CTU leaders declared an impasse, saying that the district refuses to bargain on "non-economic" issues while Mayor Emanuel accused the union of trying to "shortchange children" by changing the evaluation process.
A small-scale study of teachers by an education policy group found that most teachers say the district's professional development is ineffective--a long-standing complaint by teachers.
The Chicago Board of Education unanimously — and without any public presentations or discussion — approved borrowing more than $1.1 billion on Wednesday to help the district make it through the summer and open schools on time next fall.