It's Day Three back in school and in today's news there's lots of sifting through the rubble. What's really in the contract? When's it get ratified? Who won and who lost? Will it make any real difference? Rich Miller thinks Rahm is still being petulant. Eric Zorn thinks the talks would have been better if they'd been open to the public. WBEZ says there are some things in the contract that may not have been very well understood.
Standardized test scores count the same in teacher evaluations WBEZ: Perception among many teachers is that the union successfully pushed back on the percentage of testing that makes up a teacher's grade. That's not what the contract says.
Emanuel uses TV and a letter to parents to sell strike settlement Tribune via GothamSchools: In a political-style TV and radio ad blitz launched Wednesday, Emanuel says "change is never easy" but declares the outcome "the right deal for our kids."
Ratification vote on teachers union contract set for Oct. 2 Sun Times: Due to union rules that any contract must be approved within 10 days of the suspension of a strike, “Everybody has to vote sometime on Oct. 2,’’ Mayle said. Votes on the 197-page contract will be tallied late Oct. 2 and into Oct. 3 and possibly Oct. 4, Mayle said.
Paying for the new teacher contract Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel could go a long way toward paying for the new teachers contract — without closing schools, raising class size or laying off teachers — by reversing financial maneuvers he ordered last year to prop up the city budget.
Lawmakers may again discuss education law in light of teachers strike WBEZ: When Illinois lawmakers passed an education reform law known as Senate Bill 7, many thought teacher strikes in Chicago would be a thing of the past.The bill required 75 percent of teachers to be in favor of a strike.
Lunch before 10 a.m.: Schools say they have no choice NBC News: Overcrowded schools and tight budgets have contributed to unusual school schedules where students start class at 7 a.m. and eat their midday meal as early as 8:30 a.m.
School closings: what ‘everyone knows’ CMW: “Everyone knows schools must be closed in large numbers,” according to a Chicago Sun-Times editorial published Thursday. But does “everyone” really know schools must be closed?
Show of hands, please, on support for open teacher talks Eric Zorn: Douglas County chose earlier this year to open the doors on contract negotiations with their school board — a rare event in Colorado — and the result has been mixed. Though talks are stalled, Peek-Dunstone said the openness has allowed rank-and-file teachers to be better informed about the issues.
Eventually, you gotta govern Capitol Fax: It’s still a war to him. A campaign, if you will. Governing is more than warring and campaigning, however. And that’s a hard lesson that I don’t think he has yet learned, even with his much-vaunted White House experience.
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