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CPS Teachers Sue Board of Ed over Pension




    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his education board just got handed another teachers' hurdle: a lawsuit.

    Chicago teachers' pension and retirement board has sued the city's Board of Education, alleging in a lawsuit filed Wednesday the district shorted the fund $32.5 million of the state-mandated amount.

    Emanuel Continues Push for Longer CPS Day

    [CHI] Emanuel Continues Push for Longer CPS Day
    While meeting with his Mayoral Youth Advisory Council, made up of 16- to 23-year-old youths from communities across the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel quickly directed the conversation toward longer school days. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011)

    The fund should have been paid $198 million this year, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, but it received only $165.6 million by the end of the 2011 fiscal year.  

    According to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court, pension accounts for public school teachers across the state have been short.

    CPS, CTU at Stalemate Over School Days, Teacher Pay

    [CHI] CPS, CTU at Stalemate Over School Days, Teacher Pay
    A proposal from CPS would have put grade schoolers in class 90 minutes longer each day and would have given teachers a slight bump in pay. But teaches said it wasn't enough and said, 'Thanks, but no thanks.' (Published Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011)

    An attorney for the plaintiffs told the Chicago Tribune the Board of Education is obligated by statue to submit payments by June 30.

    The suit asks the school board to pay the remaining amount with interest, as well as court costs and legal fees.