Today's education news include more about the big rally on Wednesday and the possibility of a strike vote being taken next month (which starts a week from today). Principal hirings are starting to trickle in -- got anyone new named at your school let us know. But it's hard to concentrate on anything other than the possibility of a strike vote, and comments this week have including an understandable mix of views pro and con about the strike vote and the possibility of a real strike.
What's the downside of a strike vote held before the end of school, besides teacher distraction? Well for CTU it's the possibility that they don't meet the threshold, and for CPS it's the possibility that they do. For the rest of us, perhaps the biggest concern is that CTU gets the numbers it needs but then goes too far in the negotiations and Chicago ends up with yet another pricey contract that doesn't address contract changes needed to make the schools better.
That would be a short-term victory for CTU and for individual teachers but a long-term loss for Chicago schools. Or perhaps I'm getting it all wrong and you can explain it better for me.
CPS teachers say more than dollars and cents at stake in next contract Medill Reports: The average salary of CPS teachers has gone up nearly 29 percent since 2006. The current collective bargaining agreement went into effect in 2007.
Editorial: City teachers: 'We need a voice' Chicago Sun-Times: Chicago Teachers Union members march along Michigan Avenue to the Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Wednesday. | Scott Stewart~Sun-Times “We need a voice and we don't feel it's happening,” said Chicago Public Schools teacher Kara Witte.
Teachers march Tribune letter (David Stieber): We do not want to march. We want to teach. We do not want to strike. We want to teach. We do not want to be forced to implement the newest, latest, ineffective and untested educational policy. We want to teach.
School reform groups urge no strike for Chicago 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.
Sam LeDeaux Named Mann Principal Patch: Prior to joining Julian, he was the assistant principal at Henry Wadsworth Longfellow School for a year, a K-8 technology teacher in Chicago Public Schools for three years and a third grade teacher for Community Consolidated School District 54.
New principal named in wake of testing problems Tribune: You've heard the phrase "no good deed goes unpunished"? Cammie McDaniel might just be the poster child.
Columbia College considering selective-enrollment admissions policy Sun Times: Columbia College Chicago is considering altering its admissions policies to be more selective, part of a Blueprint for Action 2016 strategic plan for the college, a proposal that could hurt some students if approved.
University of Illinois fundraising efforts brings in $2.5 billion WBEZ: The University of Illinois Foundation says its Brilliant Futures fundraising campaign ended with nearly $2.5 billion in pledges.
Child-care cuts smaller, advocates still fight Catalyst: On Thursday, parents, children, and members of the group Pilsen Neighbors held a press conference at Pilsen’s Plaza Tenochtitlan to demand a neighborhood meeting with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn about the cuts.
Clarifying property tax law Chicago Sun-Times: Monique Davis in a dispute over back rent and property taxes involving the Chicago Public Schools. No “gift” for Rep. Davis. It's the state, not she, who's responsible for paying the bill. The general rule is that governments don't pay taxes.