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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 12, 2012

Struggle Over Longer School Day Poised To Continue As Study Finds 10-Hour Teacher Workdays

Chicago Public School teachers work almost double their required daily instruction hours, according to a new study released Monday, and the findings worry some teacher advocates as the district gets ready to extend the school day.
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by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Apr 10, 2012

Bustos Talks Jobs, Health Care & Buyer's Remorse In The 17th District

On the heels of a convincing primary election win last month over a field of candidates that consisted of a town mayor and a college administrator, 17th Congressional District Democratic candidate Cheri Bustos of East Moline is looking to draw some clear distinctions between herself and her opponent, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Robert “Bobby” Schilling (R-Colona).

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Mar 29, 2012

State, Not Board of Ed., May Provide Check On CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union and community activists are enraged that the Board of Education rubber stamped school closings and turnarounds -- they want Chicago voters, not the Chicago Mayor, to elect the board. But if the mayor-appointed board has uncritically adopted Chicago Public Schools policies, the Illinois General Assembly hasn’t.

One year after passing a landmark education reform law that increased CPS powers, some lawmakers now want to rein in the school district’s ability to shut down schools or fire staff. Read more »