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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »

Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 at 3:47 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Commission Recommends No High School Closures

Commission Recommends No High School Closures

Opinions of the Commission on School Utilization come after nearly a dozen public meetings in which the panel heard from parents, teachers, students, administrators and community activists. Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM

CPS Proposes 6 New Schools — 5 Charter & 1 Contract

CPS Proposes 6 New Schools — 5 Charter & 1 Contract

A public hearing to help decide what schools will close next year drew 100 parents, teachers and community members angry not only about the closings but about CPS’ decision Friday to hike the number of new... Read »

Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Bill to Delay School Closures

Quinn Signs Bill to Delay School Closures

Chicago Public Schools now have until March 31 to put compile a list of school closures. Read »

Monday, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Schools Chief Offers Five-Year Ban on School Closures

Schools Chief Offers Five-Year Ban on School Closures

The head of the Chicago Public Schools on Monday said she wants a five-year ban on school closings, but not until after the next round of cuts. Read »

Monday, Nov 19, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS Offers Another Incentive To Keep Parents Involved

CPS Offers Another Incentive To Keep Parents Involved

Chicago Public Schools wants to keep parents involved with their kids. After offering Walgreens gift cards to inspire parents to pick up their child's report cards last week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and schools... Read »

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