One Last/More Day?

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.

PROGRESS?

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.”

PARENTS

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.

POLITICS

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 ...

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  • Rod Estvan: suppose the union and CPS conclude an agreement on "matters governed exclusively by IELRA Section 4.5 and 12(b)"... that is, matters which the law allows CPS to dictate and which are non-strikable (if I understand correctly). What is to prevent CPS from breaching those agreements as soon as teachers have reached an agreement on the only strikable issue--compensation?

  • In reply to donald:

    Once they have allowed that to be negotiated then enforcing it would still come under that negotiation. This would allow us to strike on those issues.

  • In reply to donald:

    Strangely or interestingly Donald I too am worried about somethng similar what you wrote about. I discussed it the other day on the Catalyst blog. Here is what I wrote about the CPS offer that was released to the media two days ago (which now could be different):

    "Issue 3: Eliminate Wage Reopener and Provision on Wage Increases Upon Additional Funding. Delete Sections 47-2.1 and 47-2.2. The CTU should have no illusion that this eliminates CPS' ability to negate pay raises in the future. That power exists under a court ruling in the State of Illinois, Department of Central Management Services v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, 2011-CH- 25352. So the CTU needs to retain a provision allowing it to immediately strike if CPS again negates a scheduled wage increase."

    Now the language of a reopener could be broader than just relating to wages if the CTU could get CPS to agree. But once CPS does open a 4.5 area and puts it in the contract it is legally enforceable.

    I suspect the CTU leadership being smart folks will try to protect members as much as possible. I just heard that there might be completed language to be voted on by the House on Sunday. But as always things can fall apart.

    Rod Estvan

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    and what wouyld prevent 25000 coming down with the flu?

  • 1) Coming down with the flu ain't my style.
    2) Under the new wellness plan, I believe we would all have to go to the doctor and get a note certifying that we all have the flu.

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    In reply to donald:

    Oh that's right...we need a doctors note to call off sick now...yeah CPS is so organized that it will be able to follow through with that.

  • My dad told me that years ago the Police Officers got fed up. I guess the City told the police that they were going to do what they were told, and they had NO rights since they could not strike. Guess what, the next day they all got the blue flu!!! No cops showed up for work!!

  • http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-dump-rahm-2/

  • Hey Rahmmy go tell mommy a GIRL beat-you-up at school this week.

  • In reply to jimk:

    A 2% raise for 25% for work doesn't exactly convey bragging rights.

  • In reply to Donn:

    Donn-- Oncee againn, yourr numberss aree alll wrongg. Besidess, aa smalll raisee provess thiss wass nott aboutt greedd.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    3% raise for 33% more work? It's all so confusing.
    The demands pre strike were so extensive I lost track.
    I'm hoping you got the BOE to promise a cure for psoriasis in the contract.

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    In reply to Donn:

    Don't have a right to weave your own reality.

  • Headache299
    It will be up to the delegates on Sunday night. I wonder if they have the guts.

  • Has anybody uploaded the footage of Emanuel sneaking out the back of Tarkington School and racing off like a rat from a phalanx of elementary teachers? Easily the most pitiful display of cowardice I've ever witnessed.

    Actually it was a smart move on the part of the tiny dancer, those lovely twentysomething educators would have made mincemeat out of the little creep.

  • does anyone know why the hod voted the way the did?

  • In reply to teachervoice:

    Hard to say why 500+ delegates voted the way they did. The evaluations are still garbage in my opinion.

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