Tag Archives: Karen Lewis

CN Oct 20 2016

  Well, now it’s out there. Mayor Emanuel would like a third term. And he’s making the case – gingerly at first, but possibly more confidently in the future – that he’s getting Chicago’s fiscal mess under control. Bill Ruthhart … Continue reading

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CN September 1 2016

    Troy LaRaviere resigned this week from his position as principal at Blaine Elementary. That’s not big news, since he had already won election as the president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. But his resignation cleared the … Continue reading

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CN August 25 2016

  The CPS Board was very busy yesterday. They passed a $5.4 billion operating budget, along with  a basket-ful of big-ticket borrowing. There was about a billion for capital projects like new schools and additions, air conditioning and internet upgrades … Continue reading

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CN June 9 2016

  How to make sense out of the catastrophic mess in Springfield. Well, the Tribune’s Kim Geiger takes a stab at it. She tells us, shockingly, that it’s politics. “This is a Democratic presidential year,” she reminds us. “Down- ballot … Continue reading

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CN May 26 2016

  Karen Lewis takes us inside the bargaining sessions this week, and rejoices over the election of troy LaRaviere. She also explains why the CTU isn’t wildly enthusiastic about joining CPS in a united front against Bruce Rauner. It’s a … Continue reading

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CN May 19 2016

  “It’s not a bailout. We just want our fair share. There’s a separate and unequal formula that is given to Chicago Public Schools.” That’s how our conversation got started with Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr (21), who’s now the Chairman … Continue reading

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CN Feb 11 2016

Do you favor school reform? Peter Cunningham does. For more than 20 years, he’s been a spokesperson for the Chicago Public Schools and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Now his own non-profit, funded by “pro-reform funders”, helps to “drive positive narratives … Continue reading

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CN June 25, 2015

At last night’s CPS meeting, the Board voted to borrow more than a billion dollars to keep the schools operating another year. But about 24 hours earlier pretty much nobody knew this was the plan. How did this happen? “I … Continue reading

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CN Oct. 16, 2014

  Mayor Emanuel has put his 2015 budget on the table, asking aldermen to approve a 7.3 billion spending plan that anticipates $61 million in various increased taxes and fees. But his speech was light on details. In fact, says … Continue reading

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CN Sep 4, 2014

  Our panel on this, our fourth anniversary broadcast, spent some time kicking around the upcoming big elections – U.S. Senator and Governor. But there’s a sense that the 2014 mid-terms, so critical for the country, are little more than a warm-up … Continue reading

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