Chicago Public Schools Secretly Blacklists Teachers

In the summer of 2010 the CPS administration laid off over 1,300 teachers. When some applied for new teaching positions within CPS, they found that someone had secretly changed their personnel records—preventing them from ever teaching again in Chicago public schools, and maybe elsewhere.

Filed Away?
This Chicago Reader article profiles some of the teachers “honorably dismissed” by Chicago Public Schools, and explores the stated and possibly hidden reasons that CPS might have gotten rid of some of its best educators. By Ben Joravsky & Dave Glowacz

CPS Targets Both Tenured and Temps
Exclusive to ChiGov.com. In this article, both veteran and probationary CPS teachers detail how they learned that they'd lose their jobs. And the Chicago Teachers Union reacts to the revelation of an apparently pervasive “do not hire” classification. By Dave Glowacz

Teacher Firings, Student Protest Cap School’s Tumultuous Year
This Chicago News Cooperative article describes how administrators at Austin Polytechnical Academy slapped "do not hire" designations on dismissed teachers. By Meribah Knight.

Interview with teacher Griselda Canas (9/8/10)
Griselda Canas, a probationary teacher at CPS's Lloyd Elementary, describes the events that led to her dismissal—and how she learned of the secret “do not hire” mark on her record. Length 5.5 minutes.

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Interview with teacher Mike Quigley (9/10/10)
Mike Quigley, a teacher at Peace & Education Coalition Alternative High School, talks about the deception he alleges that CPS used when notifying him of his job's reclassification. Length 5.5 minutes.

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Interview with teacher Megan Ruthaivilavan (9/8/10)
Megan Ruthaivilavan, a teacher at Peace & Education Coalition Alternative High School, describes how she learned that CPS had eliminated her position—only to later get a call from her replacement. Length 5.3 minutes.

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Interview with John Kugler‚ Chicago Teachers Union (9/9/10)
John Kugler‚ a member services coordinator with the Chicago Teachers Union, describes the origin, repurposing, and effects of CPS's Do Not Hire practices. Length 6.3 minutes.

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