A food vendor may have given a CPS official unethical gifts to win contracts, according to the Tribune, but CPS lunchrooms don't serve "pink slime" (beef trimmings) according to Medill. Meanwhile, city and state lawmakers are at work on CPS issues like pensions, discipline reform, and school closings. And Catalyst reports that there are a bunch of steps that CTU and CPS have to take before it's time for a strike (mentioned as a serious possibility in Jonathan Alter's profile of the Emanuel administration in the previous post). Last but not least, there's an interesting connection between the connected firm that might get the speed camera contract and the paid protesters at some of the CPS closing hearings earlier this winter.
School lunch vendor accused of giving CPS official lucrative gifts Tribune: District food vendor allegedly gave gifts worth thousands of dollars to high-ranking employee
CPS pink-slime free, says school official Medill Reports: Chicago
by Malena Caruso Pink slime is the hot-button issue making headlines as more people are aware of its presence in school lunches. But not in Chicago's school lunches. They are “pink slime” free, according to a Chicago Public School official.
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CPS pressed on discipline reform CMW: The High Hopes Campaign will hold a press conference in the main entrance hall of City Hall at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) will discuss a resolution he will introduce Wednesday’s council meeting, and students and parents who are implementing restorative justice in Chicago schools will describe their experiences.
Quinn eyes cuts to retired IL teacher benefits to save money Statehouse News: Retired teachers and community college employees could face higher health-care premiums as Gov. Pat Quinn pushes for Illinois to stop its contributions — a taxpayer savings of about $90 million a year.
State lawmakers push bill to stop Chicago school closings Chicago Talks: There was no final vote at the hearing. However, CPS did not have enough votes to “kill the bill” and the committee could take up the bill again as soon as next week.
For the Record: Teacher contract Catalyst: CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin says the union may call for fact-finding sometime during April if mediation does not resolve the dispute, but that it’s too soon to know if that will happen. CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll says she can’t comment on when CPS might call for fact-finders.
Emanuel says connected firm will have to bid for speed camera deal Chicago Tribune: Goldner has coordinated with Chicago ministers who have delivered busloads of witnesses to testify at public hearings in favor of the mayor's push for a longer school day in Chicago Public Schools.