Scholarship program addresses Indiana teacher shortage

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

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is taking aim at the state’s teacher shortage.

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Nanny State of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Illinois, Nanny State of the Week, News, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

Part 105 of 121 in the series Nanny State of the Week Some of the biggest cities in the United States have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on plastic bags under the guise of environmentalism. But, as many have continued to discover, plastic bags are not the scourge they imagine, and their […]

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Almost 1 in 4 Illinois teachers missing more than two weeks of school

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

Reflecting national numbers, a new report found that 23.5 percent of public school teachers in Illinois are absent more than 10 days in the school year. “This is a concern of the district, and this is something we will be addressing,” said interim Cook County Superintendent Griff Powell. “Teachers with students is a sacred time and […]

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Chicago teachers postpone contract vote

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

The Chicago Teachers Union has postponed a vote on a contract proposal by a week, citing a ballot printing delay. A tentative agreement was reached Oct. 10 on the eve of a threatened strike, and CTU members must now vote on whether they will accept the deal. The vote was originally scheduled for Thursday and […]

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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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