Chicago Public Schools principals will have to spend less as the cash-strapped district grapples with its pressing financial issues, including an upcoming $688 million pension payment, district officials said Wednesday.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spoke Monday morning at a convention for the statewide Parent Mentor Program. She talked with reporters afterward about the status of contract negotiations with the district and the union's plans for an April 1 "showdown."
The debate over charters schools is heating up in Illinois. Advocates on both sides of the issue are speaking out about a five-year, $42 million federal grant Illinois won in September to support the creation of new public charter schools.