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Monday, Feb 20, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson
      

School Protest Heads to Mayor's Block

Days after waging a sit-in Piccolo Elementary School on the city's west side, a group of community activists, teachers and parents opposed to the closure and shake up of more than a dozen Chicago schools marched... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 at 8:25 AM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS Revises Sick-Day Policy Costing $37M Yearly

CPS Revises Sick-Day Policy Costing $37M Yearly

Chicago Public Schools' proposed plan to revise its decades-old sick-day policy that cost the system an average $37 million each year. The new policy follows a Better Government Association report earlier... Read »

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Injunction Sought in School Closures Vote

Injunction Sought in School Closures Vote

Members of nine Local School Councils are asking a judge to prevent the Chicago Board of Education from taking its upcoming vote on which schools to close and which to "turnaround." Read »

Monday, Jan 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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By Lisa Balde

CPS Includes Recess in Longer Day Plans

CPS Includes Recess in Longer Day Plans

Parents and teachers have known for months that Chicago Public Schools will switch to a longer school day this fall. But what that extra time will entail has been a mystery, until now. Read »

Friday, Jan 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

CTU Makes First Proposals in Contract Negotiations

CTU Makes First Proposals in Contract Negotiations

Union concedes a longer school day is inevitable next year for all Chicago schools, but said teachers should get a raise to compensate them for the extra time. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 10:22 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Parents Camp at City Hall, Demand Meeting With Mayor

Parents Camp at City Hall, Demand Meeting With Mayor

Small group of parents, unhappy with the plan to close two underperforming schools and re-organize several others, say they've drafted their own proposal to improve the schools. Read »

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 at 2:52 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Report Details Fraud, Misconduct at CPS

Report Details Fraud, Misconduct at CPS

CPS says incidents, which happened before shakeup in leadership last year, are "serious and disappointing." Read »

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM
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By Michelle Relerford
      

Heated Debate Closes CPS Board Meeting

Parents braved the wind, cold and rain and even spent the night in front of Chicago Public Schools headquarters to attend a board meeting meant to consider proposed action against under-performing... Read »

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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By Jeff Goldblatt
      

CTU, Occupy Chicago Protest School Closures

Carrying signs and bullhorns, several hundred parents and teachers gathered outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Tuesday night to rally against the proposed closures, consolidations, and phase outs of... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011 at 11:29 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

New School CompStat Program Quizzes Principals

New School CompStat Program Quizzes Principals

It's not reading, writing and math, it's shootings, robberies and gangs. That was the priority Tuesday as Chicago Police held the first school-based CompStat meeting with police commanders, Chicago Public... Read »

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