| Oct 12, 2012
| 10:12 AM
Departing Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will get a full year's salary as part of his severance package, district officials said today.
The school board gave Brizard a two-year contract at $250,000 a year when it hired him in April 2011....
| Oct 9, 2012
| 5:36 PM
Fearing cuts to the pension benefits of its “ordinary” members, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday that goes after a state law passed in January that was intended to crackdown on public pension...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:57 AM
Although Chicago teachers have signed off on their new contract, the lingering anxiety about the future of the city's public education system surfaced Thursday as aldermen stepped up a call for hearings on potential school closings.
| Oct 4, 2012
| 11:06 AM
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis called the overwhelming vote by teachers in favor of a contract agreement a victory, but said the union would continue to fight against school closing and the growth of privately-run charter schools.
| Oct 2, 2012
| 11:12 AM
Chicago Teachers Union members are voting today on the new contract that ended their strike last month.
CTU president Karen Lewis is not giving any indication whether or not she has confidence that the contract will pass majority vote by the rank and...
| Sep 28, 2012
As nominations poured in for the stupendous Moutza of the Month award for September, President Barack Obama was avoiding meeting with world leaders because he had something more important to do: hang out on daytime TV with the ladies of "The View."
| Sep 23, 2012
Which side won in the Chicago Teachers Union strike?
I've heard and been asked the question many times since the union suspended its seven-day walkout and its members returned to the classroom Wednesday. The easy, vague answer is that both sides won. The...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 5:12 PM
It wasn't about money. It was about respect.
That's what Chicago teachers union president Karen Lewis kept reminding the public during the seven-day teachers strike that had parents scrambling and kept 350,000 children out of class.
But there was way...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:32 PM
From Sunday's print column Which side won in the Chicago Teachers Union strike? I’ve heard and been asked the question many times since the union suspended its seven-day walkout and its members returned to the classroom Wednesday. The easy, vague......
| Sep 21, 2012
As I light my pipe, take up my quill pen and sheepskin and once again prepare to write another volume of The Kassopedia — the repository of the world's great knowledge — I'm reminded of a snarky reader.
She calls herself, "Your long...
| Sep 19, 2012
| 10:44 AM
Mayor Emanuel and his administration are trying to figure out how they will pay for the new contract between the Chicago Teachers' Union and Chicago Public Schools.
The union ended their strike on Tuesday, after the two sides agreed a three percent...