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Public education rally calls for increased public school funding and teacher pay, less funding for charter schools
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Feb 18, 7:33 AM: About 80 teachers, students and education advocates from across the state attended the event, a significant decrease from the 15,000 teachers and other supporters who came out for the Red for Ed Action Day at the Capitol building in >
Teacher Union-Backed Poll: Teachers Underpaid
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Feb 14, 8:47 AM: A teachers union-sponsored poll of Illinois residents found that most think public school teachers should be paid more, receive their pensions earlier, and have the state provide more funding for public education.
Fight is on to save Chicago Virtual Charter School, Illinois’ first and only remote learning public school: ‘It’s not perfect, but it is the only one we’ve got’
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Feb 4, 7:08 AM: Cheridan and Auguste attend Chicago Virtual Charter School, believed to be Illinois’ first and only primarily online public school for kindergarten through 12th grade. Its pupils attend classes once a week at the brick-and-mortar >
As Chicago-area Catholic schools close, parents hope new funding scheme signals church’s commitment to education
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Feb 3, 7:18 AM: It has become a recurring theme with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago’s school system: mounting concern over declining enrollment and rising costs; parish leaders devising a strategy to address the problems; parents mobilizing to >
Editorial: Chicago Forward — The crucial, but limited, role of schools in keeping our youth on track
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Jan 31, 7:34 AM: Our most vulnerable youth don’t have decades to wait for Springfield to debate incremental changes to public policy. They don’t have precious school time to give up while union leaders play to national cameras and taxpayers flee. >
John A. Logan provides new opportunities to rural schools via 'virtual classroom'
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Jan 30, 6:50 AM: This year, for the first time, John A. Logan College is providing Spanish via videoconference to three local high schools without instructors of their own: Trico, Elverado and Crab Orchard.
Operation Education: Are virtual charter schools helping or hurting student success?
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Jan 23, 8:22 AM: Three of Indiana's 104 public charter schools are getting a closer look. That's because new research shows the impact of attending virtual charter schools is "uniformly negative". Virtual schools give students online instruction, >
32 CPS charter schools get contract renewals
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Jan 23, 7:20 AM: More than 30 charter and options schools with expiring contracts will stay open past this year after Chicago’s school board voted to renew its relationships with the schools’ 13 operators.
Chicago Teachers Union Inc.: How the clout-heavy labor group spends its money
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Jan 20, 9:08 AM: We examined how the CTU uses its considerable financial muscle and found nearly $1.5 million from its dues-funded budget went to politics and lobbying over 15 months. And a union foundation cut back sharply on charitable >
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.

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