Who leaked (more of) the fact-finders report, CPS or CTU? How did the extended day schools do on the ISATs? These are some of the main issues addressed in today's education news. But the real question isn't what's in the nonbinding report but how it will affect the negotiations. And well, about the ISATs, the less said the better, right?CONTRACT REPORT
The 26-day sprint Tribune (editorial): This report is DOA. Irrelevant. Useless. Benn, who was supposed to base his recommendations on the district's fiscal reality, isn't living on the same planet as the rest of us.The arbitrator's report is DOA. Make sure the start of school isn't too.
Arbitrator: Give Chicago teachers 35.7% raise over four years Sun Times: An arbitrator recommends Chicago Public Schools raise teachers’ pay by 14.5 percent, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at a news conference Monday.
Arbitrator's report will help CTU bring back issues they wanted to discuss at negotiations Tribune: The arbitrator is recommending that raises based on experience and educational levels, which the district wants to eliminate, remain — bringing the high end of the first-year raise to nearly 20 percent, Lewis said. After the contract's first year, the arbitrator suggests only cost-of-living increases, Lewis said.
Union president says fact finder recommends Chicago teachers’ pay be bumped nearly 15 percent AP: Lewis declined to release the report. But she said a key finding supports what teachers have been complaining about throughout an acrimonious negotiating process that led them last month to overwhelmingly authorize a strike.
CTU, CPS spar over fact-finder, teacher raises Catalyst: Though Lewis disputed a published report that said the union had already decided to reject the proposed settlement, she left the door open for that—a move that would put the union a step closer to a possible strike—by saying that teachers are fighting for more than money.
Mediator: Chicago teachers deserve raise WBEZ: Independent mediator Edwin Benn says teachers deserve a 14.85 percent raise because the mandate for a longer day means they could be working 19.4 percent more time.
Arbitrator in teacher talks knows his way around the hot seat Sun Times: The 63-year-old Glencoe attorney chastised city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson in May for urging that some Chicago firefighters in the Fire Prevention Bureau be fired or suspended as a result of a mileage padding scandal.
LONGER DAY TEST SCORES
Emanuel wants team to figure out why some grade schools did better in test scores Sun Times: The 0.9 percentage-point gain in elementary school scores included mixed results for Emanuel’s signature push for a longer school day. But he isn’t looking at that way. Instead, he wants to find out why the best-performing schools rose to the head of the class, then follow that recipe at schools that came up short.
Test scores barely inch up Catalyst: Only two of five schools that piloted a longer day starting last September posted increases in test scores. One school, already high-performing, remained about the same; another high-performing school posted a small dip in scores. Meanwhile, one low-achieving school posted a decrease in test scores.
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