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by Ellyn Fortino
6:54pm
Wed Jan 15, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: E-Cigs, Affordable Housing & Charter Expansion

Progress Illinois recaps some of the happenings at Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

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4:57pm
Wed Jan 15, 2014

Op-Ed: Illinois Teachers Strongly Oppose Proposal For Bigger Special Ed Classes

    The following comes from the Illinois Federation of Teachers as parents and teachers from IFT, IEA, & CTU "unite against State Board of Education plan to remove class size protections for students with disabilities."

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:16pm
Tue Jan 14, 2014

Education Activists Discuss Next Steps Against Charter School Expansion In Chicago

    West Side community members and education activists are not backing down from their fight against charter school expansion in Chicago.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:00pm
Wed Jan 8, 2014

Debate Over New Chicago Charter School Proposals Heats Up At CPS Hearing

Chicagoans braved the bitter cold Tuesday night to speak out at community hearings held by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) regarding proposals for 21 new privately-run charter schools. Progress Illinois provides a snapshot of the hearings.

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by Ellyn Fortino
11:12am
Wed Jan 8, 2014

ChicagoQuest Charter School Staff Push To Form A Union

The majority of teachers and staff at the Chicago International Charter Schools' (CICS) ChicagoQuest campus on the Northwest Side are organizing to form a union.

Thirty-three out of the 34 staff members at the “game-like learning” junior high school, which centers its curriculum around systems-thinking and game design, announced publicly last month that they want to unionize in order to have a legal voice and actively participate in the school community's decision-making processes.

The charter school's staff are organizing a union "to negotiate a legally-binding contract with consistent, fair and public guidelines for evaluation, support and pay that will serve both to retain and recruit qualified and experienced teachers," the ChicagoQuest faculty members said in their mission statement delivered to school leaders last month.

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