For the last few days the news has been all about CPS and City Hall rejecting the findings from the Benn report -- too costly, class size increases/layoffs -- but on Wednesday CTU joined CPS in rejecting the report, too. From the outside, it seems like a strange turn of events, though I'm sure someone will explain it to me here. Lewis quoted as saying that the report didn't address class size or longer school day extras (art, music). But that doesn't seem to me like enough of a reason to reject the report unanimously. Was it the report's findings about previous salary raises CTU has negotiated in the past? Was it a tactical move?
Fact finder gives report — school board, teachers say no thanks Sun Times: The long-awaited fact-finder’s recommendation on how to solve “toxic’’ teacher contract talks was finally made public Wednesday — but nobody wanted it. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s handpicked school board and the Chicago Teachers Union both promptly rejected it. School board president David Vitale said “quite simply, the board did not have the resources to accept the fact-finder’s recommendation.’’
CPS, CTU reject fact-finder Catalyst: Benn called the relationship between CTU and CPS “toxic.” He pointed out that teachers received hefty raises over the length of the just-expired contract, at a time when the economy was in free-fall and wages in general were stagnant. Yet he rejected the district’s call for merit pay and put the blame for the current stalemate on the district.
Chicago school board and teachers union turn down mediator's report WBEZ: Chicago got closer to a possible teachers strike Wednesday afternoon as the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Teachers Union rejected the recommendations made by an outside mediator in the ongoing contract negotiations between the union and the financially strapped school district.
School Board, Union Reject Arbitrator’s Report CBS2: “There are many other issues related to improving the education of Chicago’s children that have yet to be resolved. The school board’s failure to offer us fair compensation, or even consider measures to retain qualified and experienced teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians in our schools are very serious issues,” Lewis said. “However, those do not trump our concerns about reducing class size so that we can adequately address the varying education needs of each child.”
Teachers, administrators, parents weigh in Sun Times: “It’s stressful for everybody, the teachers, the kids, the city, the taxpayers. I don’t know if there are going to be any winners in this. The mayor pitted himself against us when he tried to do the [longer school day] waivers on the heels of dropping the 4 percent raise. If he had money to offer teachers to support that, where was that money all along? And doing it illegally has left a really sour note with teachers and pitted us against each other, which is a shame, because we’re all supposed to be on the same side.”
Aldermen want voters to weigh in on electing school board Sun Times: Aldermen representing as many as eight wards across the city are maneuvering to place advisory referenda on the Nov. 6 ballot asking their voters if they want to make the switch to an elected board.
Back to School campaign launches despite doubts over start date Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean Claude-Brizard kicked off a huge Back to School campaign Wednesday — even as doubt surrounded whether schools will actually open on time. It comes before School Board members and teacher union delegates officially weigh in later in the day on long-awaited recommendations from an independent fact-finder that district officials contend could trigger layoffs of “upwards of 4,000 teachers” and cause massive increases in class size.