I still think there won't be a strike, but I know that CTU folks (and media types trying to fill slow news cycles) have to make it seem like there might be up to the very last minute and I'm fine with that. I've also been wrong about many things many times before, so there's that. Strike! Just checking. Today's news includes some strike update stuff (see also the Jackson Potter interview from WTTW last night below), plus a few other things. NEGOTIATIONS
Mayor Emanuel to ‘ratchet up’ his role in preventing teachers strike Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel is preparing to “rachet up” negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union to seal a deal needed to guarantee an on-time, Sept. 4 opening of Chicago Public Schools and preserve his signature plan for a longer school day and year, City Hall sources said Thursday.
Teachers One Step Closer to Strike WTTW: Chicago teachers hold informational pickets as their union and school officials meet for an all-day contract negotiating session. We hear from a union leader on what -- if any -- progress is being made to avoid a strike.
Timeline: From Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election to a looming teacher's strike WBEZ: Since the election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, there has been many heated and contentious issues at play: from school closures and student testing to pay increases and longer school days.
Charter schools to parents: Strike won't affect us Tribune: As tension mounts between CPS and teachers union, charters stay out of the fray Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union will be back at the negotiating table Friday morning in another effort to reach a contract and squash the threat of a strike.
In praise of teachers Tribune (oped): It is time to stop bashing teachers. It is time to admit that teachers are not the problem in our schools. By Christopher de Vinck
Does the GED give students a second chance? WBEZ: The GED is sometimes called the largest high school in the world. Dropouts think of it as a second chance to move up in the world. But research shows, it might not work.
CeaseFire & CPD Embark on New Anti-Violence Initiative WTTW: With bloodshed rising on the streets of Chicago, we talk with the director of CeaseFire about their new approach to try to stop the shootings.
Leo president accuses Simeon of recruiting ESPN: Because the two students are transferring to a high school in the Chicago Public Schools' system, CPS sports administration director Calvin Davis would have to rule on the student-athletes' eligibility.
Race, Poverty, and Sleep The 312: A new study of Chicagoans finds substantial racial disparities in sleep quality and sleep patterns... which researchers suggest could be tied to the city's intense segregation.
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