Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced a five-year moratorium on school closings to begin in the fall of 2013, just days before the statutory deadline. And the Supreme Court rejected a plea to ban taping police. Former Chicago magazine editor talks about life after glossies.
CPS officials are still seeking an extension of the state-mandated Dec. 1 deadline for announcing school closures this year. The five-year moratorium would not start until after the coming wave of closures, and a press release says the moratorium hinges on that deadline extension.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard is leaving after 17 months with the district. Contentious teacher contract issues, turbulent hearings on school closings, a push for longer school days and the first teachers strike in 25 years marked Brizard's 17-month tenure.
Between 1983 and 1987, Chicago Public School teachers walked out four times. As current teachers wind up their second day on the picket lines, some local parents and teachers remember the strikes of the 1980s.
On September 10, 2012, some 26,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff went on strike. Here are some images of teachers striking at Lloyd Elementary School, Roosevelt High School and Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago.