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by Ellyn Fortino
4:24pm
Mon Sep 21

Study: Teacher Diversity Lacking In Chicago, Several Other Major U.S. Cities

At a time when minority students comprise over half of the nation's public school students, a new study shows that minority teachers are sorely underrepresented in public elementary and secondary schools in Chicago and several other major U.S. cities.

The Albert Shanker Institute (ASI), a think tank affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), took a comprehensive look at teacher diversity in nine U.S. cities -- Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington.

On average, about 6 in every 10 teachers in these cities are white, while only 1 in every 10 students is white, the study found.

"As a general rule, there is a serious underrepresentation of minority groups in the teacher workforces in each one of these nine cities," ASI's Executive Director Leo Casey said last week during a press conference about the study. "And that underrepresentation is particularly marked for black and Hispanic teachers."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:45pm
Mon Aug 4, 2014

Chicagoans Deliver 25,000 Signatures To Mayor In Support Of Paid Sick Days (VIDEO)

Chicagoans in favor of making earned paid sick days a requirement for private employers in the Windy City delivered 25,000 petition signatures to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office on Thursday in support of the policy.

In March, Alds. Joe Moreno (1st) and Toni Foulkes (15th) introduced an ordinance — backed by the Earned Sick Time Chicago Coalition and most of the council's 50 aldermen — that looks to ensure all workers in the city currently without paid sick leave are able to take time off to care for their own illnesses, a sick family member or attend medical appointments. Twenty-four other aldermen have co-sponsored the measure, which is pending in the council's Committee on Workforce Development and Audit.

"We need to get this passed now because it's about time," said Melissa Josephs, director of equal opportunity policy at Women Employed. "Forty-two percent of city [private sector] workers, almost half a million, don't have any sick time ... That's why we're dropping off these signatures now to let the mayor know there's a need."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
1:43pm
Tue Jul 29, 2014

EPA Holds 'Clean Power' Hearings; Poll Finds Climate Change To Be A Hot Topic For Minority Voters

A new poll shows that minority voters in key battleground states view climate change as a "high-profile issue" and will be more likely to back candidates who support efforts to combat the problem. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the implications of the the poll's findings as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds public hearings in four cities this week on its proposed plan to cut carbon emissions.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:49pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: Ridesharing, Guns, Sweatshops, SROs & $15 Minimum Wage

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.