Today's news is dominated by Emanuel's town hall hotseat, the Ogden principal who traveled too much, and Karen Lewis' admission that there was going to be no strike this year.
At Emanuel budget forum, TIF question raises roof WBEZ: Nothing roused the crowd like the city’s 165 tax-increment-financing districts, which draw off half-a-billion property-tax dollars a year for economic development.
Chicago principal on carpet for credit card use Tribune: : A Chicago high school principal has been called on the carpet for allegedly charging nearly $17,000 on a district-issued credit card for travel to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
CTU Chief Vows No Strike This School Year CNC: In an interview, she said the union will not open its contract with Chicago Public Schools and will continue working at least until the contract expires in June–after the school year ends.
ALSO: Wisconsin labor leaders offer backing to Chicago teachers on East Side NWTimes: But then the roughly 200 people who gathered outside an East Side neighborhood woman's home for a rally remembered their common enemy -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Museum passes offered to CPS students who attend first day of class Sun Times: As an incentive to attend school, the Museum of Science and Industry will offer a family pass to every child in grades K-12 who attends the first day of classes.
Chicago school to expand Arabic offerings to district, community WBEZ: Now, this school on Chicago’s South Side wants to create an Arabic language and culture center – for the school district and the community. As the principal at Lindblom says: It’s all Arabic, all the time.
Pension fund suit claims CPS board shorted teachers Tribune: The board that oversees the Chicago Public Schools teachers’ pension fund filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court today alleging that the Chicago Board of Education owes the fund about $32.5 million.
CPS teachers sue board over pension fund contribution Sun TImes: The pension and retirement fund for Chicago teachers hit the Chicago Board of Education with a lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the district fell short of this year’s $198 million contribution.
Common Core standards tests starting this fall Catalyst: At least 30 schools will participate, according to the district. Applications are due Sept. 6.
Early childhood facility money up for grabs; up to $9 million for CPS Catalyst: By law, Chicago Public Schools must receive one-fifth of the money that is awarded each school year. That could be up to $9 million altogether or $5 million of the $25 million that will be allocated in the program’s first funding cycle.