Today's massive news roundup is divided into categories for easier reading, but of course many of the items cover more than one issue. One category is the Emanuel vs. Lewis issue -- is this all about personalities and inexperience? Another category is Local vs. National -- is this a really national issue or local? The 3rd category is the issue of teacher evaluations and strikeability -- a mess, both because it's the hardest to understand and it brings back in the issue of SB7 and the legality of the strike. Anyway, you get the idea. Dive in. Read everything and you might be done by noon.
ROOKIE MAYOR, ROOKIE UNION LEADER
Teachers’ Leader in Chicago Strike Shows Her Edge NYT: In Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, which completed a second day on strike from public schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have met his match.
Emanuel faces striking teachers while selling strike message Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel today continued to sell his message that the Chicago teachers strike was “avoidable” as picketing teachers provided the background noise to a news conference at a Marquette Park school.
Roundup, Pt. 3 Chicago Magazine (Moser): Emanuel and Karen Lewis are both new to their positions of power in the city, and they're both addressing a lot of long-simmering issues on top of the reforms that followed in the wake of SB7.
NATIONAL OR LOCAL?
How the Chicago Teachers Strike Could Affect Obama, Democrats Chicago Mag (Felsenthal): Rahm has always been a national figure, but now more than ever as he leads a city in the throes of a dangerous strike—dangerous for parents who work and don’t have private means to see that their children have all-day care that even the worst performing schools provided. And the shooting gallery that has taken hold on parts of the South and West Sides is an even more frightful dilemma, as schools closed to students throw thousands of potential new victims on the streets.
Chicago Is Focus of National Debate on Schools NYT: Questions on how teachers should be evaluated have been added to traditional issues of pay, benefits and working conditions as Chicago teachers walk picket lines.
EVALUATIONS / STRIKABILITY?
Can teachers strike over evaluations? ‘Yes and no,’ experts say Sun Times: A key point of contention in the Chicago Public Schools teachers strike is how teachers will be evaluated. But while teachers and administrators don’t agree on how the evaluations should be done, the two sides couldn’t even agree over whether the teachers could legally walk out based on the issue.
Mayor Emanuel calls two issues key to CTU ‘not strikeable’ Sun Times: As Chicago Public Schools teachers hit the picket lines for a second day, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said repeatedly Tuesday that what he sees as the two key issues for teachers are “not strikeable“ and that he would rather settle the strike at the bargaining table than the courtroom.
Grading teachers Tribune (Editorial): Chicago students deserve the best"There are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests, such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our control."
Emanuel: Principals need to hire their own team WBEZ: On Day 2 of the Chicago teachers strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he’s standing up for reforms the district believes will work.Emanuel said again that just two issues divide the union and district: a new system for evaluating teachers and job security.
Teacher evaluation, job rights Catalyst: Teacher evaluation took center stage in negotiations between CPS and the Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel saying he believed teachers could not legally strike over some of the issues at hand but backed away from the idea of an injunction to try and end the strike.
Teachers strike enters its 3rd day with two sides ‘kilometers apart’ Sun Times: The head of the Chicago Teachers Union suggested the two sides remained “kilometers apart” as the strike entered into its third day Wednesday. While Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested there were only two major issues remaining to work out, union President Karen Lewis noted they had agreed on only six of nearly 50 issues.
PARENTS / KIDS
Fondness makes a teachers strike different Tribune (Zorn): When teachers go on strike, we do tend to believe it when they claim to have the best interests of students in mind. This is why so many passing motorists are honking their support and approval this week for striking Chicago teachers as they march, walk the line and rally throughout the city.
CPS Students Chicago Tonight: What were Chicago Public Schools students doing today while their teachers took to the picket lines? Paris Schutz has the story.
Latest on Teachers' Strike WTTW: It's day two of the Chicago teachers' walkout as picketers once again take to the streets in the Loop. Paris Schutz has the latest on negotiations, and why one union official is accusing Chicago Public Schools of enacting "racist" policies.
School closings drive union's push for rehiring policy WBEZ: Outside Tarkington Elementary Tuesday, hundreds of striking teachers shouted, some banged on buckets.You could still hear them inside the school’s media center.
Disconnect between Chicago's school policies and the reality WBEZ: This spare scene — the empty school, the bare ungated yard, the red-eyed neighborhood man warily watching the teachers and sipping from a bottle in a bag at 10:30 in the morning — is the great disconnect between downtown, where the policies are dreamed up, and down on the ground, where they have to be implemented.