First-ever teacher strike at charter school averted

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois, Labor  /  No Comments

Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter school systems announced a tentative contract agreement at 3 a.m. Wednesday, just hours before they were set to hit the picket line. The deal averted what would have been the first-ever strike at a U.S. charter school. Read more here.

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Chicago Public Schools reach deal with Chicago Teachers Union

By   /  October 12, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel said this agreement is “invested in strengthening the classroom and helped our teachers financially, but actually did it in a way that CPS is on a better sustainable path than every contract preceding.”

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Chicago schools inflated attendance numbers

By   /  October 7, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

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Four schools in the Chicago Public School District were found to have inflated attendance numbers, which affect funding and performance evaluations. “The schools engineered the appearance of significantly improved attendance rates,” Inspector General Nicholas Schuler said, whose office has recommended penalties for the 20 staffers involved in falsifying the numbers. Read more here.

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Well-paid Chicago teachers threaten strike over pension contribution

By   /  October 5, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

Despite being some of the highest paid teachers in any large school district in the country, Chicago’s public school teachers are threatening to strike over a contract offer that would raise their pay even further. The reason? The contract would require them to contribute to their own pensions, something workers in the private sector do […]

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Reports note Tammy Duckworth coordinated VA’s wasteful ‘Golden Age Games’

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Illinois, News  /  No Comments

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The agency reportedly spent more than $2.5 million on the 2011 games, held in Duckworth’s childhood state at the posh Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu.

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Chicago teachers set Oct. 11 strike date

By   /  September 30, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

CTU president Karen Lewis said, “If we cannot reach the agreement by then, we will withhold our labor. It’s time to move this along.”

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