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by Ellyn Fortino
4:01pm
Wed Nov 2, 2016

CTU President: New Contract A Step Toward 'Rebuilding Trust' Between Teachers, City

Now that Chicago Teachers Union members have ratified a new contract, CTU President Karen Lewis detailed what comes next for the union and Chicago Public Schools district.

"We will work with them to shore up their financial issues by promoting legislation that will adequately and equitably fund all of Illinois' schools," she said during a speech before the City Club of Chicago.

CTU members approved the four-year contract agreement late Tuesday. Preliminary vote results showed that 72 percent of CTU members authorized the deal.

In discussing the vote results, Lewis said, "What I can tell you is that the level of distrust between the district, parents, educators and communities is still high, and will need a lot of work to repair these wounds."

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by Ellyn Fortino
12:31pm
Thu Oct 20, 2016

Illinois Spending On K-12 Education Higher Than Pre-Recession Levels, Report Finds

Most states are spending less on K-12 education now than they did before the Great Recession. Illinois, however, is among the exceptions, according to a new report.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:58pm
Thu Oct 13, 2016

UNO Charter School Teachers Rally For A 'Fair Contract' As Potential Strike Looms (VIDEO)

With a potential strike looming, unionized Chicago teachers at the UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) rallied with their allies Thursday afternoon in their push for a "fair contract."

They picketed outside the charter network's downtown headquarters, 209 W. Jackson Boulevard, with signs that read: "We don't want to strike but we're ready" and "We will fight for a fair contract."

"Our students are all low income, and (UCSN has) offices down here in this fancy building, and they're not willing to make cuts at the top" to improve the quality of education for students, said Erica Stewart.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:24pm
Wed Oct 12, 2016

Duckworth Talks College Affordability At UIC, Responds To Kirk's New Attack Ad

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) was at the University of Illinois at Chicago Wednesday morning to talk with students about higher education and college affordability. 

"I can't think of something more important as an investment to our nation than making sure that we make college affordable, and that we get to a point where students are not starting off life with tremendous amounts of student loan debt," Duckworth told reporters after the town hall.

The event, sponsored by UIC student organizations and Young Invincibles Action, was supposed to be a candidate forum, but Kirk declined to participate, Duckworth said. 

The congresswoman used the event to detail college affordability proposals she is sponsoring in the U.S. House, namely the "In the Red Act." The proposal would adjust Pell Grants for inflation, allow borrowers to refinance student debt at lower interest rates and provide students with two years of tuition-free community college.

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