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by Ellyn Fortino
11:40pm
Mon Oct 26, 2015

Chicago's Southwest Siders Rally Against Charter Expansion At Burke's Office (VIDEO)

Hundreds of Chicagoans protested Monday afternoon against charter school expansion proposed for the Southwest Side. They marched from Thomas Kelly High School to the ward office of local Ald. Ed Burke, who supports a proposal for a new Noble Network of Charter Schools campus in Brighton Park. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the protest.

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:28pm
Tue Oct 20, 2015

IFT President To Chicago School Board: Reject New Charter School Proposals

Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery wants the Chicago Board of Education to reject new charter school proposals that are currently under consideration by the cash-strapped school district. Proposals for as many as 13 new alternative and traditional charter schools could go up for a vote at next week's Chicago school board meeting.

Montgomery addressed the issue while speaking with reporters Tuesday after his speech before the City Club of Chicago on the topic of "school choice."

"I think they should be rejected," he said of the pending Chicago charter school applications. "I think they've got to get their house in order first and make sure that ... every other school in the city is getting all the things it needs before they start talking about diverting more resources to charter schools."

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by Ellyn Fortino
10:55pm
Tue Oct 13, 2015

Byrd-Bennett Pleads Guilty To Fraud; Calls Increase For An Elected Chicago School Board (VIDEO)

The same day former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty to her role in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme, education activists and local lawmakers on Tuesday stressed the need for an elected school board in the city.

"We're here because we want every position on that school board elected by the people of Chicago," Action Now's Executive Director Katelyn Johnson said during a morning press conference at Federal Plaza before Byrd-Bennett's arraignment. "We have a right to democracy. We have a right as parents and community members to voice our opinions about our schools, and we have a right to a better school system. Our children deserve it."

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by Michael Joyce
12:25pm
Thu Oct 8, 2015

Parents, Advocates Speak Out Against CPS Special Education Cuts

Newly announced cuts to special education in Chicago spurred parents to gather for a special town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss the potential impact of the public school district's latest budget move.

Amber Smock, director of advocacy for Access Living, described the budget cuts as "morally wrong," adding that it demonstrates school officials' lack of the creativity needed to find other ways to curb expenses.

"The Chicago Public Schools budget crisis facing students with disabilities is one of the worst we've seen in ten years," said Smock. "The fact that CPS [Chicago Public Schools] has chosen to make most of their budget cuts on the backs of students with disabilities is unfair and incomprehensible."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
8:49am
Thu Oct 1, 2015

Debate Over Chicago Charter School Expansion Heats Up At CPS Hearings (VIDEO)

Charter school proponents and opponents spoke out Wednesday night at back-to-back hearings on proposals for new charter schools under consideration by the Chicago Public Schools.

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