The Public League’s football teams won’t miss any games after CTU, CPS reach tentative deal

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The 2016 football season will go on as scheduled for all Chicago Public League teams.

cpslogo2xThe Chicago Teachers Union and the CPS Board of Education have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract. School will be in session on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and the Public League’s football teams will not miss any games.

They won’t even miss a practice.

That means Phillips will get a chance to defend its Class 4A state championship. It also means Week 8, the best set of games of the 2016 regular season, will happen.

Here is the list of which Public League teams would be in the playoffs, if they started today.

By | October 10th, 2016|Announcements, Football|

Chicago Teachers Union to strike on Oct. 11, if deal isn’t reached

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The Chicago Teachers Union will go on strike on Oct. 11 if an agreement on teachers’ contracts isn’t reached with the city’s Board of Education, the CTU announced on Wednesday.

The two sides are currently engaged in negotiations. A strike would be averted if they can agree on a deal by Oct. 11.

“The big issues our members are concerned about are first of all the issue of cuts,” CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey said during a news conference on Wednesday. “The cuts that the board of education wants to make not just on the people who work in the schools — they’re still talking about cutting people’s pay and compensation — but also the cuts that are happening in our public schools forcing the loss of librarians, the loss of clinicians, the loss of special education services, the loss of busing services. We’re seeing class sizes get larger. So we’re asking for some simple assurances that public schools themselves will be defended against further cuts.”

CPS released a statement following the CTU’s announcement that it plans to strike.

“What we can all agree on is that teachers deserve a raise, which is why we offered a contract with a healthy raise that was approved by an independent arbitrator,” the statement said. “We believe a strike can be averted and to make sure children’s academic process isn’t interrupted, CPS will work tirelessly at the bargaining table.”

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The CTU last went on strike in Sept. of 2012. That strike, the first in Chicago since 1987, lasted for seven school days. It cost many CPS football teams one week of games.

Oct. 11 is a Tuesday. The large majority of CPS football programs will have played seven games by that point in the season. A strike means that games for most schools will not take place indefinitely. It would likely cost several teams an opportunity to qualify for the postseason by reaching five or six wins. The strike could also keep most CPS teams out of the state playoffs, if it goes long enough.

It must be noted, however, that teachers at Chicago’s charter schools — like the Perspectives schools, the Urban Preps and the Noble schools — are not part of the CTU. They will still be able to play games, if the strike does indeed happen.

Let’s hope both sides can reach an agreement before the CTU goes on strike.

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By | September 28th, 2016|Announcements, Football|

Introducing thepublicleague.com

Welcome to thepublicleague.com!

First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Eric Van Dril. I’m 29-years-old and I live on the Northwest side of Chicago.

Prior to launching this website, I worked for the Pioneer Press papers — a group of suburban publications that were owned Sun-Times Media and are now owned by Chicago Tribune Media (tronc) — for a little more than four years. You can read some of my past work at ericvandril.com.

I’m sure you have a number of questions about this website. I’ll do my best to answer some of them.

What is thepublicleague.com? What will it look like?

My vision for thepublicleague.com is rather straightforward.

I am going to provide the best, most in-depth coverage of Chicago Public League football and boys basketball. That includes a ton of game coverage, as well as feature stories, columns, standings, Q&As, recruiting updates, alumni updates and more.

The majority of The Public League’s content will focus on high school athletics. Football will dominate in the fall. Boys basketball will dominate in the winter. Both sports will be covered in the spring and summer.

This website will produce content during all 12 months of the year. It will also include updates, stories and Q&As with alumni.

Why is thepublicleague.com needed at this point in time?

Traditional media outlets like the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune have had to cut back their coverage of the Chicago Public League in recent years, but the amount of interest in CPS athletics — especially football and boys basketball — has not changed.

If anything, it’s stronger than ever.

One of the primary goals of this site is to satisfy that demand.

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By | July 18th, 2016|Announcements|