Teacher leaders must have support, financial incentives

September 16, 2014

With students back to school for the new academic year, the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) have begun negotiations for the upcoming 2015 teacher contract.

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Catalyst In Focus

Threatened with expulsion

July 28, 2014

CPS says it wants to lower expulsions. But a new policy allows schools to send students threatened with expulsion directly to alternative schools, even before a legal hearing.

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Life after being arrested at school

July 28, 2014

Anthony Martinez was one of thousands of CPS students led away in handcuffs from school by police. He’s hoping to get a fresh start when he starts high school in the fall.

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Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014 9:37 AM

Take 5: Danger in interest-rate swaps; Winckler's gone and Lane cuts architecture

For years, the Chicago Teachers Union has been warning that so-called “toxic” swaps are costing the district millions and that they put it in a precarious position.

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Friday, Sep. 12, 2014 9:09 PM

Hundreds of school custodians to be laid off

Some 476 custodians, one-fifth of the 2,500-some employed by CPS or private companies, are in the process of being laid off, says CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey.

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Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 10:01 AM

Comings and Goings: Husbands

Jennifer Husbands was recently named founding executive director of Schools that Can (STC) Chicago.

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Tuesday, Sep. 09, 2014 3:47 PM

Grassroots and union activists urge universal preschool in Chicago

As New York City rolls out an ambitious plan to offer free full-day prekindergarten for tens of thousands of 4-year-olds this fall, community activists and union members in Chicago say it’s time for universal early childhood education and child care in the Windy City.

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