| Sep 23, 2012
— A former lobbyist for a powerful teachers union is reaping a $100,000-a-year state pension thanks to wide-ranging retirement legislation sponsored nearly six years ago by her former boss, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and his legislative allies....
| Jun 12, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Following a vote by the Chicago Teachers Union that showed overwhelming support among teachers for a strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his aggressive push to make changes at the Chicago Public Schools.
Emanuel acknowledged the nearly 90...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 2:40 PM
Harford County Public Schools officials announced late Wednesday they have reached a tentative settlement with the county's teachers union on receipt of a bonus payment offered by Harford County Executive David Craig that the union's leadership had...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 9:36 AM
The Windy City is engulfed in a stormy teachers' strike that has gathered front-page national attention. But will it turn out to be just more hot air in the national debate over school reform?
I'm afraid so, even though the issues at stake in Chicago are...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 11:17 PM
Thousands of teachers from Chicago and beyond rallied at a Near West Side park Saturday as lawyers labored into the night at a Loop office to turn a framework for a new contract into finer points that can become a deal.
Parents can expect to wait until...
| Sep 15, 2012
| 8:08 AM
CHICAGO (AP) — Negotiators seeking an end to Chicago's teachers strike sound more hopeful than they have in weeks, announcing they have achieved a "framework" that could bring students back to the classroom by Monday.
But the leader of the teachers...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 5:42 PM
The leaders of the state's teachers unions aren't happy with how Gov.Dannel P. Malloydescribed the current tenure system in his State of the State address Wednesday — "the only thing you have to do is show up for four years" — but they say...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 10:51 AM
Local School Council members, helped by the Chicago Teachers Union, are asking a Cook County court to intervene before the Chicago Board of Education votes on 17 proposed school closures and "turnarounds" later this month.
Members of nine local...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 3:57 PM
The Washington County Board of Education is expected to vote on contracts for all three of its employee bargaining units at a board meeting Tuesday, according to an email from school system spokesman Richard Wright.
The school system has reached a...
| Feb 17, 2012
| 8:31 AM
The Illinois Supreme Court has sided with Chicago Public Schools in a two-year legal battle with the Chicago Teachers Union over the layoffs of nearly 750 tenured teachers in 2010.
In a 5-2 ruling issued this morning, the court said the Illinois School...
| Feb 22, 2012
| 12:44 PM
Dozens of people packed a conference room at Chicago Public Schools headquarters today and another 100 or so filled an overflow room upstairs to plead for board members to put off a vote on closing or overhauling 17 struggling schools.