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Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM
By Edward McClelland

Preckwinkle Finds An Issue In School Closings

If Cook County School Board President Toni Preckwinkle decides to run for mayor, she can continue her criticism of Rahm Emanuel on school closings. Read »

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 11:27 PM
By Christian Farr

CTU No Fan of Firefighters on Safe Passage

Officials with the Chicago Teachers Union say a recent order for Chicago firefighters to provide Safe Passage is an admission the city's school closure plan hasn't been well thought out. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM
By Ward Room Staff

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

Hundreds Rally for Charter Schools

The rally was organized by Charter Parents United. Supporters demanded equal funding and an expansion of the number of charter schools in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 12:37 AM
By Christian Farr

CPS CEO "Walks the Walk" for Safe Passage

District program aims to provide a safe route for students by stationing monitors in yellow vests who keep an eye out for problems Read »

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:27 AM
By BJ Lutz

CTU Protests In Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers... View gallery »

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Massive Protest of School Closures Snakes Through Loop

Still in shock over a proposal to shutter 54 public schools, hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered in Chicago's Loop on Wednesday in a massive protest, hours-long protest that included more than 100... Read »

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM
By Christian Farr, marcus riley

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

CTU Prez: School Closure Plan Racist, Classist

The Chicago Teacher's Union didn't mince words in reacting to the possible closure of 54 Chicago Public Schools. Read »

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:33 PM
By BJ Lutz & Michelle Relerford

CPS to Shutter 54 Schools in Closure Plan

District CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Thursday announced which schools would be targeted for closure. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 at 8:31 AM
By BJ Lutz, Pam Oliver

Schools CEO: Delaying Closures Would be "Criminal"

As the parents of special needs students rallied at Chicago Public Schools headquarters to protest potential school closures, schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett was at a west side elementary school proclaiming... Read »

Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM
By Amanda Bonafiglia

Emanuel Says Casino Profits Would Support Education

Emanuel Says Casino Profits Would Support Education

Blackjack, craps and poker may be the answer to improving Chicago’s school facilities according to a pledge made by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

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