Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen, an In These Times contributing editor, is a Chicago-based journalist writing for various publications, including the Chicago Reader and The Progressive. Her most recent book is Revolt on Goose Island. She can be reached at kari@inthesetimes.com.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Despite Community Pleas, Three Chicago Schools Slated for Privatization
The Chicago Board of Education’s vote on Wednesday to convert three public elementary schools into “turnaround schools” run by the non-profit Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) was no surprise to most parents and teachers. The board has consistently voted to close schools or turn them over...
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Saturday, February 09, 2013
Chicago Middle-School Students Berate Officials: ‘Don’t Close Our Schools!’
“We’re counting on you!” said middle-schooler Marcos Reyes to the row of Chicago Public Schools officials seated in front of a packed auditorium.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Students Rally Behind Their Teachers in Chicago
Marie Sklodowska Curie Metro High School is located in a hardscrabble neighborhood on Chicago’s southwest side. A coal-burning power plant lies just to the north and various factories and warehouses stand on surrounding streets. Gang violence is a serious problem in the area, and the economic crisis has hit many immigrant families hard.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
Chicago Teachers Union Takes the Upper Hand with Overwhelming Strike Vote
The Chicago Teachers Union lost an important skirmish with Mayor Rahm Emanuel last year when the state legislature passed Emanuel-backed legislation requiring a 75 percent vote to authorize a strike – a high number seen as a blow for teachers unions in Illinois.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
Keeping the Dream Alive
Marcos dreams of being an architect. Maria wants to be a child psychologist and a teacher. Julia isn’t sure what type of career she would pursue, but she loves writing and has already written a play.
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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Labor Day in Old Milwaukee: Obama and the Urgency of ‘Our Cause’
When it comes to labor, Milwaukee sits perhaps a bit in the shadow of Chicago to the south. But Milwaukee has a rich labor history of its own, including a five-day sweeping industrial work stoppage in the 1886 fight for the eight-hour day and the later success of "Fighting Bob" La Follette's Progressive Party.
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