IL Gov. Rauner vetoes $250 million Chicago school bailout

By Victor Skinner on Friday, August 4th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner followed through on his promise to veto a school funding bill approved by lawmakers that he said “places the burden of the Chicago Public Schools’ broken teacher pension system on our rural and suburban school districts.” Rauner issued an amended veto of an education funding bill less than a […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]