Teachers Unions

Caving In to Unions Wins Chicago Schools a Credit Downgrade

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A leading bond-rating agency has downgraded the Chicago Board of Education's debt in the wake of the settlement of the Chicago Teacher's Union's recent strike.

Moody's Investor Service had already downgraded the Chicago Public Schools' bond rating outlook to "negative" from stable in July, and cited Thursday the rating agency's "view that the district will be hard-pressed to make the budget adjustments necessary to close an estimated $1 billion budget gap for fiscal 2014."