FBI agents search homes and office of Baltimore’s embattled mayor

first_imgPaul Marotta/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — FBI agents are searching the office and homes of Baltimore’s embattled mayor, ABC News has learned. Dave Fitz, a spokesman for the FBI’s Baltimore field office, confirmed that search warrants were being executed Thursday morning at homes belonging to Mayor Catherine Pugh as well as at Baltimore City Hall. However, the nature of the investigation and substance of the searches are under seal. The mayor’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Pugh is on a leave of absence due to deteriorating health from a bout with pneumonia. The mayor announced her departure earlier this month, on the same day Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called for a criminal investigation into Pugh’s lucrative book sales to the University of Maryland Medical System while she was a board member. Pugh has since stepped down from her board position and returned $100,000 to the medical system for the last order of her self-published children’s book, Healthy Holly, according to ABC Baltimore affiliate WMAR-TV. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chicago teachers strike enters its second day

first_imgmaroke/iStock(CHICAGO) — Chicago Public School teachers took to the streets for the second day of their strike on Friday. Negotiations between teachers and the city’s school district are still underway, and while there appeared to be some progress, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said they’re not close to reaching a deal. “They’re talking about class size. [Chicago Public Schools] is offering some discussion and that’s a first,” Chris Geovanis, spokeswoman for CTU, told ABC News Friday. “It’s very inadequate but it’s a start.” Teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, more staffing and better wages. More than 25,000 thousands teachers hit the picket lines on Thursday after months of failed negotiation attempts.Classes in the nation’s third largest school district were canceled Thursday and Friday due to the strike. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) submitted a written proposal on reducing class size after all-day negotiations Thursday, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. The details of the proposal were not immediately clear and CPS did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.More than 1,300 classrooms are overcrowded, according to CTU, despite the district’s cap. Almost 25% of elementary school students were placed in overcrowded classrooms, with some kindergarten classrooms topping 40 students, according to the union. The union said despite “some progress,” some issues have not been discussed. Others issues, such as staffing shortages, have been discussed but not put “in writing in an enforceable contract,” according to CTU. Teachers are asking for ELL (English-language leaner) educators and more bilingual social workers. “Bilingual education services are chronically short of both educators and resources,” the union said in a statement.More than 300,000 students were enrolled in the city’s public school system in the 2018-2019 school year. Almost half are Latino, according to CTU. Teachers are also pushing for more school nurses, as most schools have only one nurse one day a week. CPS said their written offer would provide a nurse in every school by 2024 and double the social workers in schools. “Teachers and staff are invaluable to our schools, and our offers recognize that,” according to a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CEO of CPS Janice Jackson and Chief Education Officer of CPS LaTanya McDade. “Although we wish we could offer more to our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication, we believe our offers are fair deals that meet the needs of teachers, paraprofessionals and students, and keep the district on a path of success.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more