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ISO leader endorses Chicago school closings

By Alexander Fangmann, December 6, 2012

Anyone who may still harbor illusions that the International Socialist Organization has anything to do with socialism should take a look at the video of ISO leader Jesse Sharkey’s appearance on Chicago Tonight.

ISO paves way for Chicago school closures

By Kristina Betinis, Jerry White, November 27, 2012

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools district (CPS) are moving ahead with plans to close as many as 120 public schools, and open up 60 new charter schools over the next few years. About 140 schools have been identified by the district as half-empty, and are expected to be the first targeted for closure. The closings would eliminate the jobs of thousands of teachers and school support staff.

Concessions imposed on Chicago-area teachers

By Shane Feratu, James Brewer, November 14, 2012

Following the sellout of the Chicago teachers' strike last September, suburban teachers have been hit with concessions contracts.

Chicago mayor threatens to cut pensions of teachers and city workers

By Alexander Fangmann, October 15, 2012

In a speech to the city council, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to lead an assault on teacher and public worker pensions by spearheading statewide pension “reform.”

Chicago teachers docked pay, CTU still collects dues

By Kristina Betinis, October 9, 2012

Since the Chicago Teachers Union ended their 10-day strike, teachers have been issued short paychecks or no pay at all, but the union has still deducted dues.

Ratification of Chicago teachers contract sets stage for assault on public education

By Joseph Kishore, October 5, 2012

The contract, backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Teachers Union, sets the stage for an expanded assault on teachers and public education.

Chicago: Evergreen Park teachers strike

By Shane Feratu, October 4, 2012

Classes were canceled Tuesday after negotiations between the union and Evergreen Park school board fell through on Monday night.

Vote “no” on the Chicago teachers contract!

For a political offensive of the working class to defend public education

By Socialist Equality Party, October 1, 2012

The SEP calls on teachers to reject the sell-out agreement reached between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago school nurses speak on shortage: “Our kids deserve better”

By Lawrence Porter, September 28, 2012

Chicago Public Schools nurses describe how the cuts in public education have affected nurse-student ratios, putting the health of students at risk.

Video: Chicago teachers speak on their strike and the defense of public education

September 26, 2012

On September 10, Chicago teachers struck against changes to public education demanded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and backed by the Obama administration. In these interview, Chicago teachers discuss their strike and the broader issues at stake.

Lessons of the Chicago teachers strike

By Jerry White, Joseph Kishore, September 21, 2012

Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday after the House of Delegates voted to end their strike. For nine days, the 26,000 teachers waged a courageous struggle in defense of public education. The fight pitted teachers not only against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but the Obama administration, both big business parties and, most importantly, the Chicago Teachers Union itself.

End of Chicago strike paves way for redoubled attack on teachers, public education

By Joseph Kishore, September 20, 2012

Chicago teachers returned to work on Wednesday, one day after the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) succeeded in passing a motion to end the strike at a House of Delegates meeting.