Today's education news is full of coverage of the CTU rally yesterday, plus some of the decisions made by the Board at its monthly meeting. What to make of the rally? I'm not sure. It obviously seemed to go off well, and the coverage was wall to wall. It was a big "get" for CTU to get AFT head Randi Weingarten to appear, and to have the Mayor agree that teachers deserve a raise. Like I wrote yesterday, City Hall and the Board appear to be at least a little worried about the possibility of a successful strike vote.
CPS teachers fill union rally with anger toward mayor Chicago Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel bore the brunt of criticism from angry teachers who filled the Auditorium Theatre on Wednesday to make clear their unhappiness with the administration's efforts to overhaul public education in Chicago.
Teachers give latest contract offer failing grade Medill: Members of the Chicago Teachers Union didn't use their inside voices at Wednesday's rally. Reporters Meghan Schiller and Simone Del Rosario hopped aboard a school bus full of frustrated teachers.
CTU shows strength at rally Catalyst: Weingarten said that she had just come from a conference on labor-management collaboration an hour away where 100 districts were represented. “But here in the second city of America, we have to rally to even be heard,” she said. “I will come back every time you need me.”
Thousands of Chicago teachers rally downtown WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools teachers jammed the streets of downtown Chicago Wednesday afternoon, where their union held a rousing rally. The show of force comes as the Chicago Teachers Union and school district are locked in contract negotiations, and as a vote authorizing a strike seems increasingly likely.
Angry teachers rally despite Mayor Emanuel saying they deserve raise Sun Times: As thousands of Chicago Public Schools teachers rallied against the district’s latest contract offer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said they should get a pay raise. “Chicago teachers deserve a pay raise,” Emanuel said. “They work very hard. Chicago school children do not deserve a strike. We are working with an independent arbitrator” to accomplish both.
School reform groups urge no strike for Chicago Tribune: Stand for Children, an Oregon-based education reform group that helped pass legislation last year that makes it harder for the Chicago Teachers Union to strike, today joined another reform-driven organization from out of town to urge the union and Chicago Public Schools to continue negotiating and put aside talk of a strike.
Chicago Public Schools to hire education advisor at $21,500 a month Sun Times: Barbara Byrd-Bennett, former Cleveland public schools CEO, was hired Wednesday to advise Chicago school officials while they do a national search for a chief education officer.
DePaul, Loyola to partner with 2 Chicago high schools Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to provide high school alternatives to stop middle-class families from fleeing to the suburbs got a boost Wednesday with the announcement of new parnterships with DePaul University and Loyola University.
Community groups get their wish for South Shore, Brighton Park schools Catalyst: South Shore International College Prep will have no neighborhood boundaries, starting in September. Meanwhile, a new elementary school at 48th and Rockwell will be reserved for attendance-area students.
High school hopes to change image two years after beating death WBEZ: In recent years, Chicago Public Schools has opened a number of new selective, magnet and charter high schools. Those schools pull kids away from their neighborhood schools, like Fenger. Neighborhood schools can become underenrolled and could face ...
The prosecutor rests Sun Times: “Jennifer is a Chicago Public Schools teacher who is on maternity leave. Pat doesn't want to leave Chicago. Not now. Chicago is his home. Both his parents are dead, and he loves having family close.”