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 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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


AGAIN: Teachers strike looms in Chicago

By Victor Skinner on Monday, August 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized No Comments

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced he’s willing to help Chicago Public School out of its massive teacher pension crisis, if city officials are willing to help convince Democrats in the General Assembly to pass collective bargaining reforms.