Lots of coverage of yesterday's CTU press conference (see also previous post), plus some updates on the pink slime thing and a few other tidbits. I like the idea of calling the votes "straw polls" instead of strike votes, since they're nonbinding. And I think the WLS story calling it "sabre rattling" is about right, though I spell it "saber." What about you? Do you think it's effective and wise for CTU to be pushing so hard so early? Do you think that a 2 percent increase is really a 23 percent pay cut, like CTU says?
STRAW POLL SABER RATTLING
Sabre rattling over new Chicago teachers contract getting louder WLS:
We're getting strike talk from the teachers union now because Chicago Teachers UnionPresident Karen Lewis says teachers are feeling “angst.” In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he just might be feeling angst too.
Chicago teachers ready to strike, union says WBEZ: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing for big changes at Chicago Public Schools next year, including a longer school day, a different calendar and new teacher evaluations.
Teachers support possible strike, union says Catalyst: Lewis also slammed the district’s proposal for a 2 percent raise next year, saying it amounted to a 23 percent pay cut because of the increase in time that teachers will be required to work once the official longer school day and year begin next year.
‘Fed up’ teachers at 150 schools support strike: union chief Sun Times: “Fed up“ with being scapegoated, Chicago public school teachers in 150 schools have voted overwhelmingly in mock ballots to support a strike should ongoing contract negotiations fail, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis revealed Thursday.Chicago Public School officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have created such a “hostile” climate that teacher leaders in 150 schools polled CTU members ...
Union: Teachers support strike in poll ABC: The Chicago Teachers Union says teachers voted overwhelmingly to support a strike in a mock poll.
Teachers Support Strike in Mock Poll NBC: In mock polls, teachers at 150 Chicago schools "overwhelmingly" voted to strike if contract negotiations fail, the Chicago Teachers Union said Thursday. Each of the schools met the 75 percent approval needed if...
CPS: 'Pink slime' might have been on menus, but no longer Tribune: Last month when a furor erupted over a beef product opponents dubbed "pink slime" being served in schools and fast-food restaurants, Chicago Public Schools officials quickly assured the public that "none of our food contains any of this substance."
Report: CPS lunches may have contained pink slime ABC: Chicago Public Schools said last month that so-called pink slime was not in any of its school lunches
Brizard: Chicago will open more selective enrollment high schools WBEZ: Chicago schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard said Thursday evening the city will create more selective enrollment high schools. "Short answer is yes. We have demand," Brizard said.
CPS Completes Installation Of Cameras At 14 High Schools CBS: The Chicago Public School system has just completed a nearly $7 million project to install high-tech, high-definition security cameras in 14 high schools.
Rethink ultralong school day for all idea Tribune (oped): Chicago Public Schools officials insist that their ambitious — some might even say audacious — plan to lengthen the classroom day systemwide next year is not a "one-size-fits-all" mandate. "Principals, teachers and parents will have an...
Merit pay Tribune (letter): As we reach the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, it is appropriate to recall a joke we used to tell when I was a Chicago Public Schools teacher: What is the difference between the CPS and the Titanic? The answer is that the Titanic had a...