Posts tagged "teachers"

Solving Illinois' $95 billion pension funding gap means changes for workers, retirees

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 »

Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education

Better Odds: Money for lottery tickets could be better spent on education
While watching the drama of the Chicago teachers’ strike unfold, it was clear the key underlying issue was money. In addition to raises and job security, teachers complained about growing class sizes, the physical conditions of schools and the need for specialized services to better assist struggling students. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools... 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 »

News Roundup: Unemployment claims rise unexpectedly

As the economy continues to reel, claims for unemployment benefits increased by 20,000 last week to 457,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Wall Street experts had predicted a smaller jump. More at chicagoreporter.com   Also in the news… CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman confirmed that he plans to step down at... Read more »

News Roundup: New study shows gap in credit scores between black and white communities

The growing use of credit scores as a screening method for rental apartments, home loans and utilities could create a significant difference in economic opportunity for people with low credit scores due to both the lack of credit history and poor repayment history. This could negatively impact African Americans based on a new study from... Read more »
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Activists say Bank of America uses law loopholes to discriminate in lending

Activists from the Chicago-based National People’s Action protested yesterday outside Bof ank of America headquarters. They want the bank to stop giving money to payday lenders, some of which prey upon low-income people who are unable to get loans elsewhere. The group  urged Bank of America to invest more in foreclosure prevention programs. National People’s... Read more »

Are stimulus numbers accurate?

Controversy is brewing over federal statistics detailing the number of local jobs saved by the stimulus package. According to a recent analysis by the Chicago Tribune, some of the numbers just don’t add up. In particular:-    The feds reported that 473 teachers’ jobs were saved in North Chicago. The district only employs 290 teachers.-    The... Read more »