Chicago Public Schools moves to block another threatened teachers strike

By Victor Skinner on Monday, March 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Lawyers for Chicago Public Schools are asking the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board to block a proposed teachers strike for May 1. Delegates for the Chicago Teachers Union agreed to move forward on a possible one-day strike on May 1 earlier this month to protest the district’s proposal to cut as many as […]


Chance The Rapper donates $1 million to ailing Chicago schools — enough to run district for 90 mins

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Chance The Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. That’s about the same amount the district blew through in the time it took set up and hold the press conference announcing the donation at Wescott Elementary School on Monday. At CPS’ current rate of spending, based on its 2015 budget of $5.69 […]


CHICAGOLAND: Schools mull closing two weeks early after overspending

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools officials are holding students’ education hostage in an attempt to gain leverage in a lawsuit to force a massive budget bailout from the state. The perpetually broke school district put its hopes for funding the current school year on a $215 million bailout from the state vetoed by Gov. Bruce […]


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

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized 93 Comments

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 […]


Seattle middle schoolers plot walkout on Trump inauguration day

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

SEATTLE – Seattle Public Schools students are planning to walk out of class to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, one of numerous similar stunts planned by social justice warriors nationwide. SPS officials sent a notice to families this week warning parents about the planned protests. “We have heard from some principals […]


Chicago school employee murdered outside of school — ‘about a block’ from police station

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Tech Academy High School’s director of finance and operations, Jason Goodfriend, was exactly what his last name suggests. “Everyone is at a loss for words,” according to a GoFundMe page set up Monday in his honor. “Jay has touched the lives of many people, and will forever be remembered as a genuine, […]


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

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

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 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 […]