Chicago Teachers Union members will go on strike Monday morning after talks failed to yield a new contract, the head of the union announced late Sunday. “In the morning, no CTU member will be inside our schools,” Karen Lewis said at 10 p.m. “Please seek alternative care for your children.”
- CPS, teachers fail to prevent strike in morning [Chicago Tribune]
- Union: No Deal To Avoid Strike, Teachers Will Hit Picket Lines [CBS Chicago]
Students at Chicago Public Schools again did better on a state standardized test last year, but the gains were the lowest in seven years. Schools with longer days saw a boost in ISAT results.
- Record-breaking number of Chicago students meet state standards [WBEZ]
Chicago Public Schools' proposed budget for the coming school year drew boos and hisses from more than 200 teachers and community activists who packed a public hearing at Malcolm X College's auditorium.
- In the News: Public gives CPS budget thumbs down [Catalyst]
Moody's Investors Serviceon Tuesday downgraded Chicago Public Schools' bond rating after the cash-strapped district proposed a budget that would deplete its financial reserves. Moody's lowered its outlook for the district from stable to negative.
Chicago Public Schools is losing both its top legal officer and its top labor executive to retirement in the midst of tough contract negotiations with its teacher's union. General Counsel Patrick Rocks and Chief Labor Relations Officer Rachel Resnick will both be retiring.