Posts tagged "CPS"

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS
Fifty years after Chicago Public Schools students took to the streets to protest segregated and overcrowded schools, some question how much has changed in a city still racked by racial and economic inequality. “These problems are still haunting us,” said Mia Henry, owner-operator of Freedom Lifted, a social movement history tour company. “Not even haunting... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment

Chicago Teachers Union report points finger for “failing schools” at CPS policy of disinvestment
Neighborhoods across the city are desperately fighting to keep their schools open, many of them by arguing that the 50-plus closures suggested by Chicago Public Schools officials will devastate their already ailing communities. A report from the Chicago Teachers Union released last month looks at the devastation that the neighborhood schools were facing in another... Read more »

Former and current CPS students speak on why they are against school closings

A line of Chicago police officers on horseback patrol Daley Plaza during a rally to protest school
closings led by the Chicago Teachers Union on March 27. Photo by Jonathan Gibby
Worry. Anger. Uncertainty. Those were some of the feelings that current and former Chicago Public Schools students and parents expressed about the district’s plans to close more than 50 schools. We caught up with three of them at this week’s rally against school closings to hear their thoughts. Photo by Jonathan Gibby Benjamin Chacon is... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight

What's Up This Week: Protest of Salvation Army feeding restriction, last school-closing meeting and a look at restaurant workers' plight
Food Center Uprooted. The Uptown Salvation Army has one month to find a new home where it can continue to feed low-income Chicagoans, after Alderman James Cappleman told the charity it could no longer serve from his ward, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The move has angered some residents, who will protest outside his office on Wednesday. Final School Closing... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Veterans' health care, our new blog, school funding and school closings

Calling for Vets. Iraq Veterans Against the War is asking Chicagoans to call the director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center this week and ask him for several changes to care at the center. These include improved staff training in how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and larger staff-to-patient ratios. Our New Blog. Our... Read more »

Emanuel: Brizard stepping down, Byrd-Bennett next CEO

By The Staff of Catalyst   Just after midnight, Jean-Claude Brizard sent out a statement, confirming that he will leave the helm of Chicago Public Schools. He said he does so with “great sadness.” Brizard’s departure was the subject of much speculation for several months. That speculation reached a fever pitch in late August when... Read more »
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Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go

Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go
The teachers strike gave people a glimpse of the realities that many low-income urban students face every day. Overcrowded classrooms, weeks without textbooks, and after-school hours marred by violence. While the teachers’ contract won gains for students in some of these areas – textbook distribution on the first day of class, 600 additional art teachers... Read more »

Chicago teacher strike: CPS files an injunction, slideshow on the rally

Chicago teacher strike: CPS files an injunction, slideshow on the rally
The Chicago teacher strike took a dramatic turn on Monday. Instead of going back to school as many had hoped, CPS filed an injunction against the strike. On Sunday, union leaders said they needed more time to review the contract proposal. This angered Mayor Rahm Emanuel who instructed city lawyers to ask a judge to... Read more »

Chicago teachers to go on strike after contract talks fail

Chicago teachers to go on strike after contract talks fail
Chicago’s public school teachers are going on strike. The teacher’s union announced late Sunday that contract talks with the district failed over issues such as job security and benefits. Meanwhile Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the remaining issues could be resolved without disrupting the school year. “This is not a strike that I wanted,” Emanuel told... Read more »
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