Chicago schools CEO — responsible for huge deficits, poor academic results — to lead new IL gov’s ‘Ed Success Cmte’

By Victor Skinner on Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is promising to send more money to schools at the same time he plans to fix the state’s more than $1 billion budget gap. The governor-elect also backs a plan to set a statewide minimum teacher salary of $40,000 per year, which would drastically increase costs for struggling schools. Pritzker announced […]


‘Supreme Court be damned’: Chicago Teachers Union vows to ‘resist’ high-stakes ruling

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, June 28th, 2018

The Chicago Teachers Union thinks the recent SCOTUS ruling against forced union fees is racist, and Vice President Jesse Sharkey vowed to “Re-Card and Resist” school employees who want to ditch the CTU. “Our movement is not going away. We’re going to continue to advocate for what’s just,” Shockey told reporters before a Board of […]


Chicago Teachers Union to merge with city’s charter school union

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

CHICAGO – A growing charter school union could soon merge with the Chicago Teachers Union, despite the CTU’s history of badmouthing the independent public schools created as alternative to the city’s failing education system. “We’ve got the same problems with the school budget, same problems with financial oversight and having to a say in how […]


Despite $77,210 average annual compensation, East Aurora, IL teachers were ready to strike

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, June 1st, 2017

AURORA, Ill. – The threat of a teacher strike loomed over the East Aurora, Illinois school district in late 2015 and early 2016. Teachers union members were working under the terms of a labor agreement that had expired in June 2015, rejected three contract offers from the school board, and voted to authorize a strike […]


Bellwood, IL school board enables superintendent’s wild spending — despite deep debt

By Kyle Olson on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

BELLWOOD, Ill. – Illinois’ Bellwood School District 88 has some really serious financial problems. As the Chicago Tribune put it, “the district is steeped in debt, and many of the students come from low-income homes. The classroom basics — such as paper and calculators — are often paid for by teachers or through fundraisers, said […]


Joliet, IL school officials opposed property tax relief, probably because of swollen payroll

By Steve Gunn on Monday, May 1st, 2017

JOLIET, Ill. – A recent national study determined that Illinois has the highest property taxes in the nation, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Nationally, the median property tax rate is 1.31 percent,” the newspaper reported. “That means that a home valued at $200,000 will, on average, pay annual total property taxes of $2,620. In Illinois, […]


West Aurora, IL: Low test scores for students, high salaries and benefits for educators

By Steve Gunn on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

AURORA, Ill. – The following news item appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 31, 2016: “Less than a quarter of West Aurora School District 129 students are considered proficient in English language arts and math, based on their scores on last spring’s PARCC assessment exam, according to state data made public Monday. “On the […]


IL school cancels mandatory ‘white privilege’ lessons after 800 parents protest at board meeting

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

WINNETKA, Ill. – An affluent Chicago area school is dumping its mandatory “white privilege” day for students after hundreds of parents flooded a school board meeting to denounce the “political indoctrination.” New Trier High School assistant superintendent Tim Hayes put the kibosh on a second mandatory “All-School Seminar Day” at an April school board meeting […]


IL school district spends six figures on ‘white privilege’ teacher training

By Victor Skinner on Friday, April 7th, 2017

WINNETKA, Ill. – An affluent Illinois high school is shelling out big payments to consulting groups that train teachers and school employees about “white privilege” and its “disparate impact” on minority students. A Freedom of Information Act request by North Cook News reveals New Trier High School sent a total of $108,583 – through 39 […]


Seattle, Chicago unions hold votes for May 1 strike to join national anti-Trump protest

By Victor Skinner on Friday, March 31st, 2017

SEATTLE – Teachers unions in Seattle and Chicago are asking members to vote on a May 1 strike to coincide with a nationwide temper tantrum focused on President Donald Trump. The Seattle Education Association is already counting ballots from teachers across the district who were asked this week to support a May 1 strike to […]


Chicago Public Schools letter accuses Trump, governor of ‘cheating’ kids of their ‘fair share’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

CHICAGO – Chicago parents are sounding off after a partisan letter sent home with the district’s 381,000 students accused Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of “cheating” students and stealing from kids. The letter sent out Monday blames Rauner for Chicago Public Schools’ chronic budget problems that began long before his tenure, and likened the governor to […]


Chicago Public Schools mulls new $75 million high school — despite enrollment decline

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials are considering a new $75 million high school for the city’s South Side neighborhood despite lagging enrollment other nearby schools. CPS officials are collecting public feedback on a proposal to erect a high school in the Englewood neighborhood in the district’s Network 11, home to the shuttered Englewood High […]


Cost of CPS-CTU contract: $8.9 billion, cap on charter schools

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 17th, 2016

CHICAGO – Chicago residents are getting the first look at the estimated cost of the city’s new four-year contract with the Chicago Teachers Union: $8.9 billion. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the contract, settled hours before a planned teachers strike for Oct. 11, will cost about $100 million more than a settlement that was rejected […]


Chicago cancels ‘Obama High School’ to pay for raises, pensions

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools was forced to shelve a proposed Barack Obama Preparatory High School aimed at honoring the 44th president after a new contract with the Chicago Teachers Union depleted needed funds. About $60 million in tax increment financing money slated for the controversial school was diverted to help pay for raises and […]


Chicago Public Schools avoids second teachers strike in four years by giving in to union demands

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union’s threat to walk out on students was successful, marking the second time in four years the union has used a teachers strike to pressure city officials into accepting contract terms. Officials with the CTU and Chicago Public Schools announced a contract agreement after 12 hours of negotiations on Monday, […]


Chicago teachers call on Clinton to pick sides between union and Rahm Emanuel

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 10th, 2016

CHICAGO – Members of the Chicago Teachers Union want Hillary Clinton to stick by her word, instead of her long-time political ally Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and they’re demanding she choose sides. This summer the Democratic presidential candidate visited the annual conference for the CTU’s parent organization – the American Federation of Teachers – and famously […]