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School CEO: Cuts coming to Chicago classrooms if unions won’t budge

By   /  August 16, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool says if teachers won’t agree to concessions — and so far unions are balking — “the alternative is cuts to the classroom.” “We don’t believe it’s the right thing to do, and we’re hopeful that upon reflection the teachers union will understand that’s not the right thing to do either,” Claypool […]

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Chicago Public Schools to begin layoffs

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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Chicago Public Schools is laying off 500 teachers, all of whom are eligible to re-apply for jobs elsewhere in the district. Five hundred other school-based staff are also being laid off. The Chicago Teachers Union said “the gutting of experienced educators and other school employees only weakens schools and puts children at a disadvantage,” although most […]

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The story behind Chicago’s ‘impossible to comply with’ home-sharing ordinance

By   /  August 8, 2016  /  Illinois, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Shorge Sato is a Chicago attorney who specializes in real estate law and is recognized as a top rated business litigator by Super Lawyers magazine. And even he can’t make sense of the Windy City’s new 58-page ordinance governing home-sharing firms like Airbnb, VRBO and others that the City Council adopted on a 43-7 vote on June […]

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Explaining Chicago’s rising graduation rate

By   /  August 3, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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Students in Chicago are now three times more likely to graduate than they are to drop out, a ratio that at one time was nearly equal. In the last sixteen years, the graduation rate for Chicago Public Schools has increased 22 percent. A new report — High School Graduation Rates Through Two Decades of District Change –– by the University of […]

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Wikileaks emails bring back Tammy Duckworth’s old political friends — Shah and Blagojevich

By   /  August 3, 2016  /  Illinois, News, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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In July 2007, as the clouds of corruption swirled around Blagojevich, Duckworth praised her boss. The governor introduced the VA director as the “star of his administration.”

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Tensions remain in Chicago education

By   /  July 29, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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If you’re wondering how things are going between Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago’s teachers, it was just last week that an email was uncovered in which he wrote that half of them are “virtually illiterate” and that the principals to whom they report are “incompetent,” the Chicago Tribune reported. While he has since apologized for […]

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