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New CPS-CTU fight over veteran teacher pay could hold up entire contract that ended historic teachers strike
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Jan 7, 8:42 AM: Schools officials promised to hand out $25 million over five years to the district’s most experienced teachers. But exactly how to dole out that money is now up for debate.
In Illinois, apprenticeships are on the rise
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Jan 7, 8:31 AM: Apprenticeship programs in construction and other trades have long been seen as a pathway to good-paying jobs without the expense of a college degree.
After 66,000 CPS students missed 1st strike makeup day, many kids skip 2nd one Thursday — will more stay home Friday?
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Jan 3, 7:53 AM: About 22% of the school district’s students missed classes the day before Thanksgiving, the first of five makeup days after last fall’s teachers strike.
Parents share dual language immersion program success stories as they plead to keep it in Valparaiso
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Dec 18, 9:30 AM: With tears and personal stories, parent after parent asked the Valparaiso School Board Tuesday to reconsider dropping the dual language immersion program at Parkview Elementary School.
Ball Charter School union, board to meet again with federal mediator
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Dec 17, 9:16 AM: A federal mediator will meet Tuesday with representatives from the Ball Charter School board of directors and teachers union to hammer out a plan over pay.
Chicago school board approves closure of 2 charter schools despite emotional pleas from parents and students
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Dec 12, 8:15 AM: Cox was one of almost 20 speakers who emotionally pleaded with the board to keep Frazier open with dozens more standing and applauding after nearly every speaker. The meeting was held at Curie High School on the Southwest Side, the >
Editorial: Charter schools that fail to teach deserve to be shut down
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Dec 11, 7:10 AM: At Frazier Preparatory Charter in Lawndale, just 14% of third graders achieved the national average in reading on standardized tests this year. Only 15% of third graders reached the national average in math.
Chicago Public Schools proposal to close 2 charter schools slammed as ‘racist and irresponsible’ by teachers union
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Dec 10, 7:26 AM: From the beginning, the Chicago Teachers Union was critical of the Chicago Public Schools initiative through which Chicago Virtual Charter School and Frazier Preparatory Academy opened more than a decade ago.
How District 214's Educator Prep program is training teachers early to address shortage
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Dec 3, 7:57 AM: Four weeks into a hands-on internship working with students with behavioral issues, Brandon Zuniga knew he wanted to become a teacher.
CTU president is wrong; charters are nonprofit
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Nov 25, 6:29 AM: For someone whose organization represents teachers, one would think Jesse Sharkey would do his homework before making inaccurate statements about public schools in Chicago.
Chicago Student Enrollment Droppied by 6,000, but Union Blocks Closing Schools
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Nov 25, 6:22 AM: Chicago Public Schools’ latest enrollment report shows the city lost over 6,000 students since 2018, bringing enrollment down to 355,155.
Opinion: What the latest rankings should tell us about charter schools
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Nov 22, 7:59 AM: It’s time to move beyond squabbling about type of school or governance model and make access to high-quality schools for all Chicago students our shared focus and priority.
Apprenticeship program at JJC aims to pair companies, students to build skilled workforce
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Nov 22, 6:51 AM: As the nation’s workforce ages and begins to retire, there’s a push, locally and nationally, to get younger people prepared to fill a variety of jobs that require certain skill sets.
‘No ideal solution’ to make up days lost to Chicago teachers strike as Board of Ed approves new calendar, union contracts
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Nov 21, 6:47 AM: Chicago Public Schools and union leaders alike praised the new teachers contract as “transformative” and called public schools “the wisest possible investment” Wednesday before getting down to the business of paying and planning for >
Chicago Teachers Union ratifies new contract, avoiding another walkout after 11-day strike
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Nov 18, 8:50 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to ratify its tentative contract agreement with Chicago Public Schools, averting the prospect that the city’s longest teachers strike in decades could resume.
To pay for new union contracts, Lightfoot, CPS relying on duct tape — and risky assumptions about the future
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Nov 15, 9:18 AM: Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools leaders have come up with enough cash to pay for the first year of new union contracts, relying on a couple of one-time windfalls to patch up the spending plan.
Clock is running for Quest Charter School to prove its value
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Nov 15, 8:09 AM: The numbers and charts projected on the big screen at Monday’s Peoria Public Schools board of education meeting told one story, the collective pleas from the podium told another.
Here’s what CPS teachers will make under the new contract
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Nov 14, 8:27 AM: The Chicago Teachers Union says two upcoming votes — the first by its members and the second by the Board of Education — will provide the dual benefit of helping Chicago Public Schools attract and retain seasoned teachers by giving >
Editorial: As students flee and contract costs rise: Close Chicago’s half-empty schools
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Nov 11, 8:19 AM: Lightfoot finally agreed to a labor contract that is very generous to the teachers union. Making it affordable, however, won’t be easy. Nor will giving a higher-quality education to students now trapped in dying schools. Closing >
CPS releases new school ratings with fewer getting top marks
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Nov 11, 8:07 AM: Fewer Chicago schools earned the city’s top rating in new data released Friday, matching stagnating test scores released earlier this year.

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