Today's update: There's been some movement on the negotiations. Brizard is still on the job as of yesterday (complaining about picketing the contingency sites as you can see in the previous post). Daycare, AP courses, and sports schedules are among the many creeping practicalities involved in the strike going on further (plus a looming 9/27 CPS payday). Parents and even pro basketball players are weighing in about what CPS and CTU should do. Editorial pages and mainstream columnists seem generally against the strike, but fewer than 40 percent of Chicagoans polled recently were against it. The White House would kill him for it, but Rahm has got to be tempted to string this thing along a little longer just to watch that number rise. That guy with the Nickleback sign used to teach at CICS Longwood but now is at Eric Solario -- my apologies.
Back to school Friday? Progress reported in Chicago teacher talks ChicagoTribune: “We feel like we’re in a pretty good place, we’ve made a lot of progress today,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said as she left contract talks shortly before midnight Wednesday.
CPS releases its latest contract proposal, strike end in sight? WBEZ: There appears to be movement on at least one of two major issues that have kept 350,000 students out of school this week, and their teachers on the picket line.
School closure plans impacting teacher contract talks Clout Street: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis today acknowledged that the issue of impending school closings, coupled with the rapid opening of taxpayer-supported private schools known as "charters," are affecting negotiations, particularly the issue of recalling teachers who are laid off when schools are closed.
It’s time for a little give and take Sun Times (opinion): I fully support their decision to go on strike, although I sure wish they hadn’t. The mayor can stand up every day and say the strike was unnecessary …
Strike highlights division on teacher evaluation AP: One of the key disagreements driving Chicago teachers to the picket lines this week is also a central component of President Barack Obama's education policy: evaluating instructors in part on how much their students improve.
Chicago teachers strike: Illegal under Illinois law? Christian Science Monitor: Chicago Teachers Union representatives have acknowledged that their gripes with the city are not necessarily financial.
The arc of history Tribune (editorial): Look around, Ms. Lewis. Nationwide, this fight is over. Chicago Teachers Union officials aren't merely fighting City Hall. They're fighting the inevitability of education reform. They are denying the arc of history.
CITY HALL VS THE MERCHANDISE MART
CPS Boss Brizard Denies Rumors He Has Resigned CBS2: For the first time since the teachers' strike began,Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard spoke out this afternoon, first denying a widespread rumor that he had resigned. He also discussed why he hasn't been attending ...
Rahm Emanuel Walking A High Wire With Teachers NPR: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is negotiating with striking teachers, who are a key part of his — and the president's — constituency. Meanwhile, he's tasked with raising money for Priorities USA Action, the superPAC supporting President Obama. It seems that this election season, Emanuel has his hands full and his feet on a high wire.
Head Of Chicago Teachers Union Rose The Ranks NPR: At the center of the Chicago teachers' strike are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the head of the teachers' union, Karen Lewis. To learn more about Lewis and the relationship between the teachers' union and the mayor's office, Audie Cornish talks to Joel Hood, education reporter at the Chicago Tribune.
Teachers Test Chicago Mayor's Mettle WSJ: Any settlement might require Mr. Emanuel, whose administration has already made numerous concessions, to compromise further on an issue that the mayor has made central to his tenure—how to overhaul public education.
Chicago Mayor’s Push to Add Charter Schools Hangs Over Teachers’ Strike NYT: In the Chicago teachers’ strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oft-cited goal of expanding charter schools is not officially on the table, but a union official called it “the elephant in the room.”
As Chicago Teachers Strike, Students Are on the Loose and at Loose Ends NYT: Students could be found in contingency programs at schools, in churches and in costly day care centers. Some slept late, stayed home alone, then wandered their neighborhoods as if there were one more chapter of summer.
AP exam schedules stop for no strike WBEZ: Some Jones Prep teachers expect students to keep up during the strike. They’ve posted assignments online. AP exam schedules aren’t set by Chicago Public Schools, but instead follow a national calendar. And students will have to make up for lost time when they get back into the classroom.
Chicago Teachers’ Strike Poses Risks for Obama NYT: Some political analysts say the strike by Chicago teachers could open fissures between Obama supporters like unions and wealthy liberal donors who sometimes back causes that unions oppose.
PARENTS AND PRO BASKETBALL PLAYERS
Strikewatch CPSobsessed: I’ll steal some wise words from a RaiseYourHand email I got this morning: "We believe there are short-term contract issues that must be figured out swiftly. Many of these long-term policy issues just cannot be resolved immediately."
Derrick Rose: ‘Sad that my city got to go through’ teachers strike Sun Times: Derrick Rose is back in Chicago after spending the summer rehabilitating his injured left knee at his home in Los Angeles, and he weighed in on the Chicago Public Schools teachers’ strike that is dominating the news. “I don’t like that fact that OUR kids are not in school and that’s the only thing we have to SAVE these kids,” Rose tweeted.