Today's news roundup. There's been progress -- but no resolution -- on the contract talks. Parents are settling into life without normal school. Political analysts and advocates emphasize dangers for Obama, Emanuel.
CPS officials say agreement possible Friday, union less optimistic Sun Times: The two sides trying to end the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years emerged from marathon contract talks early Friday, with school officials holding out the possibility that a package might be ready for a union sign off in the afternoon.
Teacher strike talks end with progress, no deal WBEZ: Negotiators trying to end the first teachers strike in Chicago in 25 years emerged early Friday morning from marathon talks citing progress but without a deal.
CTU Strike: Day 4 Catalyst: As negotiations dragged on into Thursday night, it began to seem doubtful whether CPS and the union would reach a deal by Friday's 2 p.m. House of Delegates meeting.
CPS deal up in air as talks extend into early morning Chicago Tribune: Before talks started Thursday at the Chicago Hilton and Towers on South Michigan Avenue, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who has consistently downplayed progress at the negotiating table, rated her confidence "a 9" on a scale on 1-10.
Both Sides in Chicago Teachers’ Strike Adopt Upbeat Tone NYT: “I’m praying, praying, praying,” Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, told reporters outside a hotel where talks are taking place, when asked whether schools would reopen by then. “I’m on my knees for that. Please, yes, I’m hoping for Monday.”
What the media wasn't telling me about the Chicago teachers strike Jim Derogatis WBEZ: Every one of the two dozen teachers I spoke with at length did a better job of articulating the issues at stake and the reasons why they’re on the street when they’d prefer to be in the classroom than union president Karen Lewis or vice president Jesse Sharkey has done to date.
Parents appreciate extended hours Sun Times: Working parents complained. And on the fourth day of a strike that has forced those parents to scramble for child care, Chicago Public Schools responded. Its half-day strike contingency program, Children First, operating in about a third of the schools, on Thursday was extended by two hours — to 2:30 p.m. It was almost a full school day.
For parents, progress in teacher talks none too soon WBEZ: In low-income neighborhoods, there is a range of views about whether Chicago teachers should be on strike. After four days without school, though, there is consensus that the work stoppage is having a big impact on parents and children.
Amid Chicago teachers strike, some parents mull private, charter schools Reuters: "We're seeing some uptick in inquiries," said Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Boy, 12, shot in Back of the Yards Sun Times: A 12-year-old boy was shot in the leg Thursday in the South Side Back of the Yards neighborhood, officials said. The boy was outside in the 900 block of West 50th about 4:30 p.m. when he was shot by someone inside a dark colored vehicle, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.
Teachers appear to be the winner Sun Times: If the point of going on strike is to give voice to the frustrations of your members and to allow them to vent their anger, then you’d have to say the CTU was a runaway winner on that front as well.
Lessons Mayor Rahm Emanuel can learn Sun Times: Instead of ridiculing striking teachers for complaining about sweltering schools without air-conditioning, what if Mayor Rahm Emanuel had put his formidable fund-raising skills to work to persuade corporate donors to bankroll school air-conditioners?
Wisconsin teachers coming to Chicago to support teachers here WBEZ: As negotiations continue between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district, teachers from Wisconsin are planning to show their support for striking teachers.The CTU is planning a rally on Saturday afternoon on the city’s West Side.
Chicago teachers strike a test for Dems CNN: William Bennett says Democrats have a chance to break the Chicago Teachers Union's grip on the city's schools.
The Future of Education Reform WTTW: As the teachers' strike caps off its fourth day, we look at how this affects the national conversation about public education, and how we move forward from here.
Debacle in Chicago The Hil: As the CTU has learned, however, Emanual is deadly serious about raising the quality of Chicago's public schools. “This is a strike of choice, and it's the wrong choice for our children,” he declared at a press conference this week. Emanuel has pressed ...