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

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

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 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

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 in Uncategorized No Comments

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 in Uncategorized No Comments

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 […]


Chicago schools teacher training titled: ‘Are police necessary?’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, September 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union is promoting an upcoming teacher training workshop that questions the need for police ahead of an annual “Social Justice Curriculum Fair” with the theme “Defund Policing: Fund Schools and Communities” for 2016. The lesson comes amid criticism that Chicago Public Schools teachers are not doing enough to teach students […]


Chicago Teachers Union ‘likely’ to strike — because property tax hike isn’t big enough

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized 6 Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools approved a $5.4 billion budget for next school year that relies on three property tax hikes for local residents, but teachers union officials contend it’s not enough. The budget will increase the district’s regular property tax levy to the maximum allowed under state law, a CPS tradition for the last […]


Mom sues school after 6-year-old daughter is handcuffed for ‘stealing piece of candy’

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – The mother of a Chicago Public Schools elementary student is suing the school district after she claims her daughter was traumatized by a school resource officer who handcuffed the girl and left her in a dark stairwell. Marlena Wordlow contends a CPS security officer at Fernwood Elementary school in March handcuffed first-grader Madisyn […]


Chicago school worker shot dead in front of elementary school

By Victor Skinner on Friday, June 17th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – A Chicago school employee was shot and killed in front of an Austin neighborhood elementary school Thursday, though the school day proceeded as scheduled. Chicago Police told WLS that Nutrition Services employee Denzel Thornton, 25, was shot in the head across the street from Ronald McNair Elementary School shortly after finishing his rounds […]


Chicago pols play race card while demanding more school funding

By Victor Skinner on Friday, June 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – Howard Bookins, a Chicago City Alderman and chairman of the city council’s Education Committee, is playing the race card. The South Side alderman issued a press release Thursday centered on the Chicago Public Schools’ never-ending budget problems that attacks Gov. Bruce Rauner for “racially tinged attacks on Chicago’s public schools,” the Chicago Sun […]


Chicago teachers union boss accuses governor of being ‘the new ISIS recruit’

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is calling Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner “the new ISIS recruit.” She said he’s “a liar” who “lacks the ability to govern” alleges the Republican governor “purchased his seat, conned the people of Illinois and is clueless on how to turn around Illinois to better serve its citizens,” […]


Chicago teachers highest paid among nation’s 50 largest school districts

By Illinois Policy Institute on Friday, April 1st, 2016 in Spending 2 Comments

CHICAGO –The Chicago Teachers Union, or CTU, on Feb. 1 rejected Chicago Public Schools’, or CPS’, contract offer, which would have provided salary increases for teachers but required that they contribute fully to their pensions. Given CTU’s rejection of the contract – and the vitriol that CTU officials directed at CPS after the district’s Feb. […]


Chicago Teachers Union threatens members who cross picket line

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union is threating members who don’t want to walk out on their students April 1. The CTU is planning a “Day of Action” for April Fool’s Day, and some teachers are complaining that union officials are threatening to kick them out of the union if they don’t participate, DNAinfo reports. […]


Chicago Public Schools sues former CEO Byrd-Bennett for $65 million

By Victor Skinner on Friday, March 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools is suing its former CEO and her former employers, SUPES Academy and Synesi, for $65 million in the wake of a no-bid contract scandal that forced the education chief’s resignation in June. The Chicago Board of Education filed the lawsuit against for CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and her former employers Thursday […]


Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Teachers Union on collision course for strike

By Victor Skinner on Friday, March 4th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials’ decision to implement three furlough days to save the cash-strapped district $30 million is reigniting threats of a teachers union strike. District officials announced teachers and other school based workers will stay home on Good Friday, as well as June 22 and 23, which were previously scheduled professional development […]