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CPS Teachers Adjust To Keep Classrooms Cool As Extreme Heat Bakes City

Teachers, parents and union organizers said they are managing the tough conditions, but it's time for the district to commit to long-term upgrades instead of "quick fixes and bandaids."


A/C Meltdown: 25 Chicago Public Schools Went Without Air Conditioning Last Week Amid Heat Wave

Teachers and students said they had to "tough it out" through high heat last week as CPS played catch-up on fixing air conditioning inside classrooms.


Can Chicago Schools Get 100% Of Students Signed Up For COVID Testing?

That goal is a critical part of an effort to keep a fragile peace with the union following a standoff that saw the nation’s third largest school district cancel five days of classes.


Parents, Teachers Want West Side School Shut Down After Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘We Will No Longer Accept No Plan’

Several people at Jensen Elementary School tested positive for coronavirus, and more than 200 people have been exposed.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Chicago Has A Deal With Teachers. How Long Can The Peace Last?

One week after Chicago struck a fragile peace with its teachers union, fault lines have emerged over who gets to work from home, for how long, and why.


‘Very Strange And Unsettling’: Chicago Families Weary Of Reopening Uncertainty

Regardless of their reopening stance, many are trying desperately to find their bearings in a month that is bringing schedule changes, classroom reassignments, confusing messaging and upset children.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

As Chicago Kids Head Back To School After 300 Days At Home, Some Parents Are Relieved — But Teachers Worry

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS chief Janice Jackson have said schools are safe for in-person learning. Teachers disagree.


Among The Chicago Teachers Union’s Demands: No To ‘Simultaneous’ Instruction

The union released its list of demands Thursday, and it’s the most detailed look yet at what it would take to get union leaders to support reopening schools.


Parents Weigh Reopening Decisions As Tensions Between Chicago Leaders And Union Mount

The district and teachers union clashed over a pair of reopening surveys and school building inspections.


Chicago Is Weighing Whether To Reopen Schools. Can It Move Forward Without The Consent Of Its Teachers?

Chicago schools officials have met regularly with the Chicago Teachers Union representatives, but they haven’t agreed on a road map or even on the need for one.


‘We Are All First-Year Teachers Today:’ Chicago Educators Start Unprecedented School Year With Ambitions, Questions

How do you build excitement for a first day of school online? Educators kick off virtual school year amid coronavirus pandemic.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Chicago’s Teachers Union Calls For An All-Remote Start To Fall

The union also released a report calling for nearly 50 safety protocols before returning to in-person learning.


Teachers Union Demands CPS Close All Schools Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Chicago's public schools, which serve more than 300,000 students, have remained open — even as Catholic schools and other districts close.


Tour Group Won’t Refund Low-Income South Side High Schoolers For Canceled Spring Break Trip, Union Says

EF Tours had taken a "hard line" against refunds, which is devastating to "Black children at a school that is more than 90 percent low income," the union said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Bernie Sanders Courted The Chicago Teachers Union Endorsement. Here’s Why It Didn’t Happen

Union support is divided between Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who also visited Chicago teachers during the strike, members said.


One Month After Contract Went Into Effect, Chicago Teachers Still Haven’t Gotten Promised Raises

The district said implementing pay changes for tens of thousands of teachers requires complicated changes to its data systems and will take time.


Help Your Fellow Chicagoans This Holiday Season Through These Toy And Coat Drives

If you're looking to tap into your inner Santa, these events will help you do it.

Bronzeville, Near South Side

CPS Tallies Cost Of New Teachers Contract In 2020: $33M, But Six Strike Days Will Save $68M

The district plans to make up five days of school canceled by the strike by holding class on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, June 17 and June 18.


City And CTU Reach Tentative Pact — But Teachers Say An End To Strike Hinges On Making Up Days

If the mayor agrees, the deal potentially ends a two-week strike and sends the district’s 25,000 teachers back to work.


9 Teachers Arrested Outside Sterling Bay’s West Loop Office

The arrests came during a sit-in at Sterling Bay's West Loop headquarters.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards
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