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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


Chicago students stage walkout to protest teacher pensions

By Victor Skinner on Monday, February 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Union efforts last month to train teachers on creating student activists to fight for its cause seems to be paying off, as hundreds of Chicago Public Schools walked out of class Friday in protest. Between 200 and 300 Lincoln Park High School students walked out of before their third period classes toting protest […]


Chicago Teachers Union calls latest budget cuts an ‘act of war’

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said plans announced Tuesday to cut $100 million from the budget “is something I’d hoped to avoid at all costs.” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called it an “act of war,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “Due to their attack, we have no choice but to express […]


Chicago union instructs teachers how to recruit student protesters

By Victor Skinner on Friday, January 22nd, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union is recruiting high school teachers to goad students into protesting for the union’s self-interests through a workshop this weekend. The CTU workshop “Teachers Empowering Students for Social Change” is scheduled for 10 a.m. until noon Saturday to help teachers learn the best ways to convince their students to take […]


Rahm Emanuel pushes higher taxes to fund new school programs

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to impose another tobacco tax on residents to fund orientation programs for Chicago Public Schools students transitioning to new schools. To pay for expanding a one-week orientation program for the city’s 20,000 incoming high school freshmen, Emanuel plans to propose new taxes on tobacco products like cigars, chew […]


Chicago Teachers Union demands Rahm Emanuel resign over police shooting

By Victor Skinner on Friday, January 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – It’s official, the Chicago Teachers Union is calling for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign. The union’s House of Delegates “voted overwhelmingly” last Wednesday to endorse calls for Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to resign over the police shooting of black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was killed by a white police […]


HOW LOW WILL IT GO? Chicago schools’ credit rating sinks below ‘junk’ status

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – Moody’s Investors Service now rates Chicago Public Schools’ credit below “junk” status. After dropping CPS’ credit to “junk” in May, Moody’s cut CPS’ rating again Monday from Ba3 to B1, and warned it could cut its rating further if the school district doesn’t correct its financial crash course, the Associated Press reports. “The […]


Chicago teachers vote to strike over stalled contract negotiations

By Victor Skinner on Monday, December 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Chicago teachers are ready and willing to walk out on their students over money issues. The Chicago Teachers Union contends that 88 percent of its members voted in favor of allowing union bosses to call a strike over collective bargaining negotiations that have stalled in part because of the school district’s half-billion dollar […]