Welcome back. Today's news includes lots of violence, lots of interesting opinions (about whether CTU has to strike, whether Emanuel can help resolve things, and how it's going to feel if there's a strike and charter schools are still open). CPSobsessed is running a teacher appreciation contest of sorts. Lots more to come. Get going!
At least 9 dead, 28 wounded in weekend shootings Sun Times: The city saw another bloody weekend as nine people — including a teenager — were killed and 28 others were wounded in separate shootings since Friday evening.
Union leaders have Chicago teachers wanting more Chicago Tribune (editorial): After nine months of firing up its members for a possible strike amid rancorous contract talks, Chicago Teachers Unionleaders may be hard-pressed to secure a deal that satisfies members.
The Kids Will Be Watching Tim Furman: I taught 8th grade. Twenty-three years of 8th grade. I know what questions 8th graders would be asking me if I was standing there trying to convey the wonders of of compound sentences while thousands of other teachers were out there fighting for something. They would be asking me if there was something wrong with me.
Rahm no "honest broker" Mike Klonsky: The Sun-Times' Fran Spielman is painting Rahm as the broker, the one guy who can step in at the last moment, resolve the contentious contract negotiations in a closed door meeting, and by sheer will, prevent a teachers strike.
Cash upfront the way to get teachers to rack up better student test scores, study finds Sun Times: What happens to student achievement if you start the school year by offering teachers end-of-year bonuses for improved student test scores? Not much. But give teachers cash up front on the condition they will lose it if test scores don’t show gains? Lots of improvement.
Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 8/24 Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines.
The Back-to-School Teacher Appreciation Thread cpsobsessed: My all time favorite teacher was 1972 in Gary Indiana. Our teacher made the class fun, vibrant, interesting and even made flashcard learning enjoyable. She taught a bunch of us (even boys!) to crochet by staying in the classroom during lunch hour for those of us who wanted to partake. I remember her being kind and fair.