Jul26
Washington Post: Why charter schools get public education advocates so angry

It has been 25 years since the charter movement began, and it has not evolved exactly as supporters had hoped, with too little oversight of too many charters.

Jul22
Rauner challenged by CPS educators to ‘read-off’ on importance of civil rights, public education

CTU members challenged Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to a “read-off” this morning at his office in the James R. Thompson Center following the release of emails in which the governor claimed that half of CPS teachers are 'virtually illiterate.'

Jul22
Rauner Revealed: “Half of [Chicago] teachers are virtually illiterate”

IFT President Dan Mongtomery responds to Governor Bruce Rauner’s Trump-esque affront to educators.

Jul20
Chicago Public Education Revitalization Ordinance – Summary

The Chicago Public Education Revitalization Ordinance provides the City of Chicago a process for directly aiding Chicago Public Schools by declaring TIF surplus and providing a supplement grant from the city’s share of TIF surplus.

Jul20
CTU joins national teachers’ unions in unanimous passage of AFT resolution to strengthen ESSA re-authorization

Following passage of a resolution at the AFT national convention to expand community alliances for educators’ vision of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the CTU calls for monumental investment in children and their education through the ESSA process. 

Labor Beat: Will The S.E.C. Stop Shady Swaps?

The fight for public schools revenue in Illinois has moved to some out-of-the-way political settings. First (on 4/17/16) funding activists testified at the Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee hearings on Wall Street banks toxic (shady) swap deals with Chicago Public Schools. These swaps have devoured hundreds of millions of dollars that should have gone to public education. Then (on 7/7/16) financial experts, Illinois state representatives and activists delivered to the Chicago office of the Security and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.) many thousands of petitions calling for investigations into these swaps.

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