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Acero strike pushes charters to the front of the education labor movement
The first strike of charter teachers in the nation’s history reverberated across the country, grabbing the attention of the broader education community.
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December 12, 2018
In Chicago, not everyone agrees with the grassroots call for an elected school board
Despite a growing call for an elected school board, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution to Chicago’s troubled public school system. Panelists…
December 12, 2018
Will charter schools rebuffed in Chicago find a savior in the state? Why the outlook is iffy.
Moving Everest and two other charter operators are pinning hopes on the Illinois State Charter Commission overturning rulings against them by Chicago Public Schools.
December 10, 2018
Charter teachers won big in nation’s first strike. What now?
Some 500 unionized teachers joined in the nation’s first charter strike last week, and succeeded in negotiating wage increases, smaller class sizes and…
December 9, 2018
With tentative deal struck in Chicago charter school strike, Acero students set to return to class
More than 7,000 students at 15 Acero schools are expected to be back in class Monday. The work-stoppage canceled classes for four days.
December 7, 2018
Chicago charter files federal labor complaint against union over strike
As the acrimonious teacher strike against Acero charter schools wound down its fourth day, both sides ratcheted up pressure, neither giving indications of backing down.
Updated December 7, 2018
From missed meetings to children home alone, Chicago families feel the strain of ongoing Acero charter strike
It took Alma Adan several weeks to schedule a meeting with school counselors to go over her kindergarten son’s special education needs. But…
Updated December 6, 2018
Chicago charter strike extends a third day, with teachers holding out for raises for support staff
Union teachers reported small gains — but stuck adamantly by demands for smaller class sizes and for increased pay, including for paraprofessionals.
Updated December 4, 2018
As charter strike enters second day, Chicago agencies offer care for students out of school
As Acero union negotiations drag on, the YMCA and Chicago parks offered care for students displaced by the nation’s first-ever strike by charter school teachers.
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December 4, 2018
Dispatch from the picket line: Why five Acero charter teachers are on strike
Educators braved early-morning freezing temperatures and light snow to call for higher pay, more support staff, and an investment in special education at Acero schools.
Updated December 4, 2018
With no deal reached at bargaining table, Acero teachers begin nation’s first charter union strike
Fifteen Chicago charter schools are closed Tuesday after their teachers called a strike — making history with the nation’s first-ever strike of a charter…
December 3, 2018
Chicago’s popular National Teachers Academy fends off closure
Judge allows lawsuit to block the closure of popular National Teachers Academy to proceed. Chicago Public Schools wants to build a high school on the elementary campus.
November 30, 2018
With zero students, Englewood high headed toward formal closure after just 12 years
Faced with declining enrollment, Chicago Public Schools wants to close TEAM Englewood High, which it opened only in 2007, and three other neighborhood high schools
November 29, 2018
How will Noble schools cope with political changes? Charter network seeks to reassure bondholders
After years of expansion, Noble faces uncertainty in leadership, a unionization move and state and local political changes that may be more hostile to charter schools.
November 28, 2018
Dual-language schools draw in young families. So Chicago is investing in them.
The district chose locations for its newest dual language programs, which are in high demand districtwide, from among campuses applying to add new academic offerings.
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