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February 19, 2019
Charter teachers laud new contract on first day back at school after nine-day strike
After nine days on the picket line, teachers and paraprofessionals at four Chicago International Charter Schools were back in class Tuesday — with many…
February 15, 2019
On Chicago charter strike, how far will the teachers union go?
Chicago’s second charter strike has now stretched over nine days. Beyond picket lines and hashtags on social media, the Chicago Teachers Union has…
February 13, 2019
With Loop lobby sit-in, striking teachers union beefs up campaign against Chicago charter
Facing a stalemate at the bargaining table with the management of four Chicago International Charter Schools, the Chicago Teachers Union on Wednesday staged…
Test of Time
February 12, 2019
Parents at striking schools in Chicago see inconvenience, and hope, as charter walkout drags on
Families supporting striking Chicago charter school teachers have kept their children out of school during the standoff at Chicago International Charter Schools. But finding child care is hard.
Walkout: Day 4
February 11, 2019
Why Chicago’s second charter strike is one to watch
As Denver teachers went out on strike Monday in a pay dispute with their district, charter teachers in Chicago at four schools operated…
February 8, 2019
Multiple layers, multiple CEOs: Strike puts charter management under microscope
Among the leaflets union officials distributed at Chicago’s four-school charter strike picket line this week was one with a bold line at the…
Raising their profile
Updated February 7, 2019
With campaigning aldermen in tow, striking Chicago teachers target statewide charter lobbyist
The Chicago Teachers Union stepped up its pressure campaign on administrators of a second striking Chicago charter with plans to picket the downtown offices of a key pro-charter lobbying group on Thursday.
February 6, 2019
Union rejects pay deal and Chicago charter strike enters second day
Pay remains a sticking point between the teachers’ union and charter administrators.
February 5, 2019
Empty schools, busy picket lines and Bird Box memes on the first day of CICS charter strike
On the first day of a teachers strike at four Chicago International Charter Schools, the hallways of CICS Northtown sat empty. In the…
February 4, 2019
Second charter teacher strike in Chicago to begin Tuesday morning
While teachers plan to hit the picket line at 6 a.m., the network assured families that despite the strike the four schools would remain open.
February 4, 2019
Bargaining continues as educators prepare to walk out in nation’s second charter teacher strike
Schools will remain open for the four schools’ 2,200 students, the charter chain said, and pledged to staff the campuses with administrators and non-union employees.
February 1, 2019
Wage hikes vs. student services: As strike looms at second Chicago charter school, negotiations stall
With only one more bargaining session scheduled, teachers at four Chicago International Charter Schools are inching towards a Tuesday strike deadline that could…
January 31, 2019
Should arts factor into a school’s rating? Illinois weighs the question
When music teacher Keira Quintero thinks of the importance of music education, she remembers Chase, a student she taught in 2014.
Illinois State Board of Education
January 30, 2019
Illinois schools superintendent is out in latest Pritzker staff change
Thursday is state Superintendent of Education Tony Smith’s last day, he said in a public statement. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has not yet…
January 29, 2019
Can a new high school heal years of school closings in Englewood?
On a bitterly cold winter afternoon, snow swirls around a fenced-off construction site covering a full city block in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Mounds…
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