Unions, Chicago, and Innovation

Richard Steele and I talked a little bit on WBEZ about the election of Randi Weingarten as head of the AFT this morning. You can check it out here. We talked about her appeal to reform-minded Democrats, the challenges of finding money for any new initiatives (unionized charters, community schools), and what if any impact her election would have on NCLB or Washington politics. It was nothing you don't probably already know, but I thought that some of you might just miss the sound of my voice.

Things that I don't know:

How widespread is the community schools approach in Chicago?

What if any budget or other control does Weingarten have over CTU?

What if anything ever happened to the idea of union-run, or organized, charters in Chicago?

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