Today's news includes yesterday's CTU and CPS confusion over figuring out a meeting time and location, the Emanuel budget, and the Occupy Chicago protests. Plus more. See it all below:
CTU and CPS fail to meet Tuesday over longer days Tribune: CPS rejected a proposal to meet at union headquarters and suggested holding the talks at a school that already had voted to extend its days by 90 minutes this school year.
Chicago street protests target financial industry MSNBC: Police arrested 26 demonstrators, many wearing Chicago Teachers Union T-shirts, who linked arms and sat down in Monroe Street as they chanted "Save our schools, save our homes!"
Karen Lewis On 'The Ed Show': Rahm Emanuel Is 'Absolutely' Anti-Teacher Huffington Post: After participating in the heavily attended, largely peaceful Take Back Chicago rally Monday evening, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis appeared on MSNBC's Ed Schultz's "The Ed Show" and offered criticism of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Union leaders pull down millions in public pensions Statehouse News: Former employees of the National Education Association, or NEA, Illinois Education Association, or IEA,Illinois Federation of Teachers, or IFT, and Illinois Association of School Boards, or IASB, drawing pensions have collected more than $47 million from the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, or TRS, to date.
Emanuel Budget to Include TIF Funds, Fee Hikes CNC: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal to close the city’s 2012 fiscal shortfall will feature funds from tax-increment financing districts, increased sticker costs for drivers of sports-utility vehicles and a fee hike for businesses with permission for valet parking and loading zones.
Task force proposes more screening for school readiness Catalyst: The screening efforts will be coordinated by “local outreach and engagement collaboratives,” which line up with CPS’ elementary school networks.
Principal, Teachers Don’t Want to See School Go Charter ChicagoTalks: Wendall Smith’s local school council held a meeting Aug. 30, and voted in favor of changing to a charter school. It was passed by a seven to three vote. The principal and the two teachers present voted no.