Legislation on School Closings

Parents, teachers and supporters of a state bill to postpone school closings in Chicago gathered in Springfield on Feb. 28 for Public Schools Action Tuesday for the State Senate Education Committee Hearing. Illinois State Rep. Cynthia Soto (D-Chicago) first sponsored the legislation in the House, which was then sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Iris Martinez (D-Chicago). The Senate Education … Continue reading


Columbia College and Part-Time Faculty at the NLRB

Attorneys for Columbia College Chicago disputed Monday that charges brought by the adjunct faculty union before the federal government were “much ado about very little” filed by “garden variety gripers.” In a trial before the National Labor Relations Board attorneys for the union, known as P-fac, Dan Murphy and Laurie Burgess argued that the college … Continue reading


Board of Education Approved all School Closings and Turnarounds Amid Public Criticism

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday, Feb. 22, to close 17 Chicago Public Schools following hours of emotional testimony urging the board to do otherwise. The board views the decision as an opportunity to help 7,500 students in the low-performing schools. The board’s decision came just hours after an emotionally charged public hearing where the 70 … Continue reading


Protests at Mayor Emanuel’s doorsteps

Hundreds of anti-school closing protesters marched past Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house Monday, Feb. 20 days before the days before the Chicago Board of Education votes to close or restructure failing schools. This protest followed a weekend sit-in at Piccolo Elementary, which finally produced a meeting with School Board Vice President Jesse Ruiz Sunday afternoon. The protesters will be asking … Continue reading