With the strike finally over, much of the coverage today focuses on the process of getting the school year restarted, the winners and losers, and what happens next. Most of what I've seen so far finds advantages and disadvantages for both "sides," and notes that many of Chicago's biggest education issues -- declining enrollment, for example, or air conditioning -- could be raised rhetorically but couldn't really be addressed in the context of the contract. Given the size of the "what's next" items, neither side has really won all that much. But who cares what other people think -- what do YOU think about the strike, the contract, and the future?
Chicago Teachers’ Union Votes to End Strike NYT: “We said that it was time — that we couldn’t solve all the problems of the world with one contract, and that it was time to suspend the strike,” she said.
Back to school Tribune: Delegates for the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday to call off their seven-day strike, sending some 350,000 public schools students back to class Wednesday morning and ...
Delegates: Strike is over Catalyst: The union got CPS to agree to a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth year, if both parties agree. The union also prevailed against merit pay, and got the district to scale back, to the minimum allowed by state law, the percentage of teacher evaluation scores that will be tied to student performance.
Strike ends, union declares victory WBEZ: Chicago Public Schools are open this morning. Delegates to the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday afternoon to end their seven-day strike.
Classes set to resume; Families feel relief CLTV: Parents and families of CPS felt relief Tuesday as the Chicago teachers union voted to suspend the strike, sending teachers and students back to class.
Chicago students will make up lost days, but it’s not clear when Sun Times: When will Chicago students get their seven days back? CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said both sides have agreed to restore the days of class lost to the strike, but they have yet to agree on when.
The future of Chicago's schools Tribune (editorial): More charters, more closings, more turnarounds. Let 100 Fuentes Elementaries bloom.
Attack on Urban Prep Charter harms students and teachers Sun Times: We, all of us in Chicago's public schools, educate the same students, perhaps just in different ways. This is not an either/or situation; and the success of one school is not an indictment of any other.
Chicago Public Schools Teachers gain and lose in strike Ray Salazar (White Rhino): For the first time in my life and for the sixth day, I stood on strike by the high school where I teach. On August 31, for the first time in seventeen years, I wore red to support the Chicago Teachers Union.
Teachers are going to need every little bit of community goodwill as they move forward Sun Times (Mark Brown): In the end, I hope the strike accomplished what CTU President Karen Lewis told the press in her post-game analysis, that “the people who are actually working in the schools need to be heard.”
Winners and losers in teachers’ strike — Rahm Emanuel is both Sun Times: Winners include CTU, Lewis, Vitale, and Emanuel. Losers include Outside reform groups, Emanuel, Brizard
Web Extra: Parents Storm Board of Ed WTTW: There are outspoken parents on both sides of the strike. Some parents are in support of teachers, while others are in support of CPS and the school board.
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