I'm a little surprised, frankly, that the CTU has joined reformers in endorsing the seniority/ tenure/strike ban deal finalized yesterday in Springfield -- while business and other interests are express more guarded enthusiasm: Contours Of Education Bill Starting To Emerge In Springfield Progress IL: The Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Chicago Teachers Union, and Illinois Education Association just released a joint statement supportive of the bill... Springfield deal may yield longer school day and year, fewer teacher rights Carin's: A full press conference on this issue will be held tomorrow. And I'm still awaiting reaction from business groups. Illinois school reform Tribune (editorial page): Now, let's learn more about the details, particularly on seniority rights and performance standards...But then again folks have only had a day to dig into the provisions and figure out how they might actually work in practice. Click below for coverage of the deal and for a couple of other news stories. *UPDATED with releases from SFC and Lightford.