Ward Room
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Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Survey Shows Arts Education Reality Doesn't Match CPS Promises

Survey Shows Arts Education Reality Doesn't Match CPS Promises

Take a listen to the public pronouncements of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public School officials, and you could be forgiven for believing one thing: every student in every grade and every school across... Read »

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Board Approves 7 New Charter Schools

The Chicago Board of Education approved proposals for seven proposals for new charter schools Wednesday amid protests from the Chicago Teachers Union and supporters of public schools. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM
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By BJ Lutz

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

CTU Leads Overnight Protest Against Charter Schools

The Chicago Teachers Union led the overnight vigil to protest charter school expansion ahead of a school board vote on 17 charter school proposals. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:26 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Opinion: CPS Blinks in the Face of CTU

Today, many in Chicago are thankful CTU took a stand. Read »

Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

CTU Questions Initial Decision to Keep CPS Schools Open

The Chicago Teachers Union wasn't happy that Chicago Public Schools officials initially said classes would be held Monday. Read »

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

CPS Plans to Relocate HQ: Report

The action comes just months after officials in the nation's third-largest school district shuttered dozens of schools in what they said was a cost-cutting move due to under-utilization. Read »

Monday, Dec 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

CTU’s Lewis, Republican Rauner Tangle on Twitter

CTU’s Lewis, Republican Rauner Tangle on Twitter

Long-running animosity between CTU president and candidate raised its head once again, this time on Twitter. Read »

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

Chicago Announces 100 Learning Gardens at Schools

Chicago officials are announcing that they have installed a total of 100 gardens where students can grow fruit and vegetables at their schools. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 at 3:18 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Rahm Announces Payton College Prep Expansion

School to receive new $17 million annex. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 5:31 AM

Rahm Announces $15 Million Expansion Of Elementary School

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a plan Monday to expand a Northwest Side school plagued by overcrowding. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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