Welcome back -- hope you had a good weekend. Today's news (and some from over the weekend) include coverage of a new CPS outreach and information initiative, as well as a CTU meetings on the strike negotiations. There's also a smattering a coverage about what parents and kids (and teachers) are going to do with their summers. Are you getting calls and emails from CPS and or CTU? Are you worried about the summer?
CPS taking position on contract negotiations to public Catalyst: Now that teachers overwhelmingly approved the strike authorization, district leadership decided to reach out to the public. Parents received robo calls on Thursday night from Brizard and the district has already scheduled the first informational meeting. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gage Park High School on the southwest side.
Two Events in Chicago School Tech Connect: CTU is having a public meeting about contract negotiations on June 25th at Gage Park High School, 6:30 PM. (I posted the wrong date earlier.)
School Reform Group Pushing For More Charter Schools CBS2 Chicago: One of the speakers was Godfrey Lawson, who said he's not taking sides in the contract dispute between CPS and theChicago Teachers Union. “Teachers ...
How Much Do Chicago Public School Teachers Make? CBS Local: But, according to the Chicago Teachers Union's calculations, Chicago teachers would rank second behind New York City.
Editorial: The hard truth behind teachers’ laments Sun Times: Labor contracts are about pay, benefits and core working conditions — spending dollars the school system has, not dollars it wishes it had. They are labor negotiations, not school reform negotiations. But it would be a mistake for Brizard and Emanuel to ignore these cries as they move forward with their chosen reforms, many of which we support.
Contract talks should include classroom issues, parents say CMW: A parent group is calling on Mayor Emanuel to expand negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union to include class size and other issues which CPS has so far refused to consider.
Chicago officials say schools have long way to go WHBF: The head of Chicago Public Schools says the nation's third largest district has a long way to go, even after the district's projected graduation rate is the highest on record.
Parents’ summer break worry: Will strike delay school start? Sun Times: Thousands of kids burst out of Chicago schoolhouses to begin summer vacation Friday — leaving many of their parents to wonder if they will be returning on time when school is scheduled to begin this fall.
What's Next For Chicago Teachers Union After Strike Authorization ... Chicagoist: A new state law requires an independent fact finder file a report by mid-July. Both sides will get 15 days to review the report and decide whether or not to accept its recommendations. If CTU rejects it, then that will open the door further towards a strike.
End-of-school rally calls for peace on streets ABC: Friday is the last day of school for thousands of Chicago Public Schools students.