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The Navy told him he served long enough to get his kids free college. Its math was 6 days off.

His daughter’s GI Bill-covered tuition at DePaul was cut off. Now, she and her father, a vet who served 22 years and was honored for saving 2 lives in Afghanistan, have to repay more than $20,000.

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The 2019 Chicago teachers strike

A complete timeline of our coverage of the 2019 Chicago teachers strike

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2 students stabbed during fight in Waukegan high school restroom

Police described the suspects as "mutual combatants," and said they were still looking for the weapons used.

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Graduate students protest proposed Trump administration policy revoking employee status

The National Labor Relations Board would not be required to recognize unionized graduate students if they don’t have employee status.

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Students at Andrew High School in Tinley Park disciplined after racist video sparks fight

Staff presence was increased following the fight and two additional Tinley Park police officers were on hand during passing periods.

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Here’s what CPS teachers will make under the new contract

Two upcoming votes — including one by union members Thursday and Friday — could help the district attract and retain veteran teachers, CTU says.

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Parents balk at Catholic Charities’ plan to end Head Start program

Southwest Side parents say they have no alternatives right now for their children and demand that the program continues at least a few more months.

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Former CPS band teacher charged with sexually assaulting 2 girls, including student

Eugene Westmoreland, 58, was arrested on Oct. 29 and charged with three counts of sexual abuse and two counts of sexual assault.

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Heater problem at Kenwood Academy continues into second day after CPS says problem is fixed

Classrooms deemed too cold have been moved to the auditorium, and temporary heaters are being installed into affected rooms, CPS said in a letter.

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Heat restored at Kenwood Academy on day of record cold

The heating system was fixed Tuesday afternoon, school officials said.

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Rich Township to consolidate athletics after vote to close Rich East, board member says

The 4-3 vote to close Rich East, which opened its doors in 1952, took place on Oct. 15 — two days before the CTU strike began.

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CPS releases new school ratings with fewer getting top marks

The school rating data made public by Chicago Public Schools showed 146 schools with a Level 1-plus rating, the highest possible, down from 185 the previous year.

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Chicago Public Schools enrollment drops by 6,000 students as years-long decline slows

There are now 355,156 students in the country’s third largest school system.

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CPS teacher deal passes muster with bond rating firm

Kroll cites a benefit to the schools from "labor cost certainty."

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Five strike makeup days CPS recommends would shorten holiday, summer breaks

The revised schedule would cut into students’ Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah vacations as well as add two days at end of the school year.

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Keep 2 high schools open in Englewood, residents say

About a dozen students at Harper High School walked out of class Tuesday in protest of its planned closing and to demand more quality Englewood schools.

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New video shows CPS principal allegedly lie about forcing a student out of building into bitterly cold weather

"I want everyone to see this," said the boy’s mother, Yvonne Pinkston. "I want everyone to see the truth. My son is in therapy now. And I want her to be exposed so this won’t happen to anyone else."

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Chicago Teachers Union sets dates for members to ratify new contract

The union’s 25,000 members now must vote to accept the deal — or resume the strike.

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Why the Chicago teachers strike lasted so long — and became so bitter

A perfect storm of strong personalities, unrealistic expectations, rookie mistakes and cracks in the armor made the teachers walkout the city’s longest in three decades.

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Chicago teachers can save 244 unused sick days, retire early under new contract

The tentative agreement raises the cap on accrued sick days from 40 to 244; some longtime teachers could use those days to retire a year early and still collect their full pension.

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New teachers contract to cost $1.5 billion over 5 years. Where will CPS get the money?

Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said Friday he needs to see more details of the contract to understand what the future holds: "How the district can afford this contract — we don’t know yet."

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It’s back to school in Chicago

Classes resumed Friday after students missed 11 days of school due to the teachers strike.

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The longest Chicago teachers strike in 3 decades is over

The months of negotiations and weeks of exhausting rhetoric that left Chicago captivated and on edge have come to an end.

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CTU strike, Day 15: What did special education students gain from the strike?

An agreement between the CTU and CPS was reached Thursday.

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Some special ed advocates ask, was the strike worth it?

They had the most to gain — but some say they didn’t think the deal between CPS and CTU goes far enough.

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Teachers strike is over, but Lightfoot faces political fallout

Lingering animosity between the Chicago Teachers Union and the mayor could define her tenure. And bargaining missteps by the rookie mayor could make negotiating with police and fire unions more difficult and costly.

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A collective sigh of relief as word spreads that teachers have stopped striking

"I’ve missed a lot. I barely remember where we left off," Bogan High School junior Nieves Mandujano said.

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Here are the highlights of CPS-CTU deal

The 41-page agreement includes details on everything from salary hikes to class size limits.

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Lightfoot willing to negotiate on CPS makeup days

The mayor wouldn’t say where the middle ground might be or if she’s willing to convert institutional days into instructional days. That would be a way to make up strike days without additional compensation for teachers.

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Today is the day for CTU and CPS, Sharkey and Lightfoot, to end this strike

Yes, we know emotions are running high and both sides are inclined to dig in. The mayor especially needs to keep her cool. So does the CTU president.

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CTU strike, Day 14: Lightfoot stands firm that CPS won’t make up days to meet CTU’s demands

The Chicago Teachers Union accepted what it called a "monumental" deal, but will remain on the picket line.

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CTU delegates approve contract — but strike continues after mayor refuses demand for makeup days

The CTU House of Delegates met for more than two hours Wednesday night.