I'm dividing today's news coverage of the strike into local coverage and national coverage -- there's tons of both, though I'm not sure it will tell you anything much you don't already know (except perhaps how the media machine is digesting and hyping the situation). I found the NYT story particularly disappointing because it tries to fit Chicago into the convenient Wisconsin narrative and I think that the Chicago story is more about personalities and opportunism than a Republican insurgency and a union under attack. Reformers aren't Republicans. At $30 million a year, CTU is not helpless. But that's just me.
Board chief tells union ‘we should resolve this’ Tuesday Sun Times: Chicago’s teacher strike will spill into Day Two. The president of the Chicago School Board, David Vitale, told the union “We should resolve this tomorrow. We are close enough.”
The remaining issues in dispute, according to Rahm Emanuel Sun TImes: CPS says principals need to be able to hire whomever they want, but they have put some sweeteners into the deal for teachers who get laid off in the future. A small category will be guaranteed jobs; some may be entitled to an interview and an explanation of why they weren’t hired; some may elect to get a three-month lump sum severance. The union objects that the CPS offer doesn’t provide job security for most teachers expected to be displaced as CPS closes more schools; only a limited number have firm recall rights; most teachers with acceptable ratings …
What's really driving teachers to strike? WBEZ: Beyond the issues of pay and the length of a work day, teachers have voiced complaints about class size, student safety and overheated classrooms. Those issues have come to the fore as thousands descended upon downtown to rally support around the Teachers Union.
Emanuel to union: 'Don't take it out on the kids' WBEZ: At a press conference, Mayor Emanuel said he wanted to end the confrontation quickly.
Strike Day 1: Emanuel weighs in, CTU pickets Catalyst: Mayor Rahm Emanuel again Monday called the teachers’ strike one of “choice” and said that negotiators just need to figure out two issues. Meanwhile, CTU ratcheted up the pressure on Monday. After getting teachers out to picket from early in the morning til 10:30 a.m., they held a massive rally outside of CPS headquarters downtown.
Public League won't play during teachers' strike Chicago Tribune: The ruling does allow for practices to be held if the Chicago Public Schools board wishes. “It was the conclusion of the Board that granting such a request extended beyond its authority,” IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said in a written statement.
Teachers’ Strike in Chicago Tests Mayor and Union NYT: This city found itself engulfed on Monday by a sudden public school strike that left 350,000 children without classes, turned a spotlight on rising tensions nationally over teachers’ circumstances, and placed both the powerful teachers’ union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a risky, politically fraught standoff with no clear end in sight.
Will Strike Halt Public Education Efforts Overall? WSJ: The Chicago teachers strike highlights tension between a new crop of Democratic mayors and teachers unions and other labor groups as cities try to overhaul public-education and plug municipal-budget holes. Stephanie Banchero has details on The News Hub.
How Will Chicago Teachers' Strike Impact the 2012 Race? PoliticsK12: Already, Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, put out a statement saying he's "disappointed" by the union's decision to strike, and that Obama has picked his dog in this political fight (the unions).
Thousands Of Chicago Teachers Take To The Streets Huffington Post: CTU President Karen Lewis reportedly stepped into negotiations as late as 11:30 a.m. Monday, a move that angered Emanuel. Lewis is expected to appear later on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," but CTU representatives did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the union's next steps.
In Chicago, 'Perfect Storm' Led To Teachers' Strike NPR: The issues at stake in the Chicago teachers strike have already been encountered in hundreds of school systems around the country, but few, if any, have led to strikes. In Chicago, it was a combination of personalities, politics and local issues...