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PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
9:31pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Board Of Ed Vote A 'Slap In The Face', Say CPS Parents (VIDEO)

Parents and students affected by the Chicago Public Schools closures, consolidations and turnarounds are heartbroken by the board of education's vote to shutter 50 schools and turnaround and consolidate a number of others. Progress Illinois spoke to some of the many people who were at CPS headquarters today for the highly-anticipated vote.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
2:04pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Protesters Rally Against Proposed CPS Closings Outside Board of Education Meeting (VIDEO)

Energy was high outside the Chicago Board of Education meeting Wednesday morning as education activists, union members, teachers, students and parents gathered in anticipation of a vote that could close a staggering amount of schools across the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) district.

“All I keep hearing is ‘we’re doing this for the kids,’ but there’s not been one iota of a discussion about the educational plan,” said Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), said as she arrived for the meeting.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
2:58pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Chicago Teachers Union To Ramp Up Protests Against Proposed School Closings (VIDEO)

Vowing to keep up the fight to stop a Chicago Public Schools’ proposal to close more than 50 schools, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis unveiled plans Monday for protests that will include three days of marches beginning this weekend.

Lewis, who was joined by parents as well as neighborhood and labor activists, held a press conference in front of William & Charles H. Mayo Elementary School on the city’s South Side.  Mayo is one of 54 schools slated for closure by CPS, but was one of 13 plans rejected last week by an independent panel of hearing officers.  

A final vote by the Chicago Board of Education is still needed for CPS to move forward with its plan, which if approved would be the country's largest number of closings by a single school district at one time. The Board of Education will vote on the proposal May 22.

Lewis, who has called for a moratorium on all school closings, said it is not too late for the Illinois General Assembly to intervene, adding that the CPS proposal would be detrimental to the education of many of the students the district claiims to be helping.

“They’re bad public policy,” Lewis said. “We have been looking at school closings for over 10 years, they have not improved education, will not improve education, and even though they say it over and over and over again, there is no proof.”

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:15pm
Wed May 8, 2013

During Chaotic City Council Meeting, Emanuel Introduces Parking Meter Deal Changes & LGBT Athlete Resolution Passes

Here's a look at some of the highlights from today's Chicago City Council meeting.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:37pm
Thu Apr 25, 2013

Labor To Stand In Solidarity With Immigration Reform Advocates On May Day (VIDEO)

Chicago community, faith and labor allies said they stand in solidarity with immigrant rights advocates and will make a push for comprehensive immigration reform at the upcoming May Day workers' march and celebration in the city.

PI Original
by Ashlee Rezin
10:34am
Thu Apr 25, 2013

Hundreds Strike For Higher Wages In Chicago's Fast Food And Retail Industries (VIDEO)

It’s impossible to survive on $8.75 per hour, says Latasha Anderson, 31, an employee of Macy’s on Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago. She was one of three retail associates from her store to participate yesterday in a citywide fast food and retail workers’ strike that prompted hundreds of employees to walk off the job.

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