We've gotten ourselves into a fine frenzy over this fact finder's report, which is nonbinding but plays a key role in the political drama and -- perhaps -- the substance of the contract negotiations. I don't recall CPS putting as much emphasis on the fact finder's report as CTU does, but that doesn't mean that the results don't put CPS in a tight spot, rhetorically at least. What role if any do you think the report has played or will play moving forward? I tend to discount its impact, but I've been wrong before.
405,000 students Tribune: His report, to be delivered and summarily buried on Wednesday, offers Chicago Public Schools leaders an incredibly irresponsible choice: Pay teachers a double-digit raise to work a longer school day next school year, or scale back the school day so it ...ALSO: CPS contract talks timeline
Arbitrator: Give Chicago teachers 35.7% raise over four years Sun Times: The independent fact finder’s recommendation that Chicago Public Schools officials have been pinning their hopes on to resolve a contentious teachers contract dispute is finally in — but Mayor Rahm Emanuel may wish it wasn’t.
Analysis: Emanuel learning a lesson from teachers in union contract flap Sun Times: For a political chess player who never makes a move without thinking three moves ahead, Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks more like a high school clubber than a grand master when it comes to the teachers contract. Emanuel pushed for a change in state law that raised the strike authorization threshold to 75 percent, a benchmark so high, at least one education advocate with ties to the mayor predicted that it could never be met. Instead, the Chicago Teachers Union roared passed that benchmark That same state law championed by Emanuel set up a fact-finding process that has now blown up in the mayor’s face.
Emanuel: District can't afford suggested teacher raises WBEZ: An arbitrator is calling for teachers to receive between a 15 and 20 percent hike during the first year of their new contract, due mostly to longer work hours from the mayor's push to lengthen the school day.
Mayor: Chicago can’t afford to give teachers 18.2 percent pay raise Sun Times: Chicago cannot afford to give its public school teachers an 18.2 percent pay raise, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday, dismissing a fact finder’s report as “not tethered to reality.”
Emanuel on CTA Improvements & Schools Report WTTW: A big investment in CTA maintenance facilities with the promise of new jobs and faster bus repair. We hear how much it will cost and where the city is getting the money.
University of Illinois to offer free online courses WBEZ: The University of Illinois plans to offer seven free online classes this fall.The Chicago Tribune reports that the university is teaming up with an online education company called Coursera.
It’s time for an elected Chicago school board, some education activists say ChicagoTalks: During the fourth of July holiday, Wendy Katten, director of the parent education group Raise Your Hand Coalition, drove for hours to deliver petitions to more than 50 volunteers across Chicago who have been going door-to-door getting support to change the way the nation’s third largest school district selects its board members.