So the contract got approved overwhelmingly, and President Obama didn't do great in the debate with Mitt Romney and the Reader's Ben Joravsky might not have been telling the whole story when he wrote about charters not being any good. Big profile of Lewis in Chicago Magazine. But the real question is now what?
The more hopped-up wing of the CTU and Division of Mayoral Criticism is focused on things like preventing closings and pushing for an elected school board. (The more hopped-up wing of the reform community is counting the days until City Hall can replace Brizard and figuring out who should replace him.)
Still, I'm guessing that most teachers and nearly everyone else wants to teach, and maybe raise student achievement a little, and has had enough turmoil for a while.
A little stability and peace might not be a bad thing for kids, schools, and ultimately for the health of CPS as a whole, which is my main concern. In the short term, at least, constantly attacking the mayor has the unintended effect of alienating parents and the public and doesn't necessarily make the schools any better. ( Neither does a headlong rush into closing schools and opening charters, but I'll save that for another day.)
Chicago teachers say yes to contract WBEZ: Chicago teachers have accepted the contract agreement that ended their seven-day strike last month.
Union: Teachers ratify contract Catalyst: The union said that of 20,765 votes it counted, 79.1 percent were in favor of the contract. The Chicago Board of Education must vote on the contract as well before it takes effect.
Chicago teachers overwhelmingly approve new contract Tribune: The members of the Chicago Teachers Union voted 79.1 percent in favor of the contract, which union officials said was the highest approval rating for a contract in the CTU's history.
CPS teachers overwhelmingly approve new contract Sun Times: Just over 79 percent of those who voted on the proposed contract approved it, Chicago Teachers Union officials said. Only a simple majority was required for ratification. The approval margin was the largest since the last strike in 1987, said CTU Financial Secretary Kristine Mayle.
Chicago teachers back 17.6 percent, 4-year pay deal: Members of the Chicago Teachers Union have ratified a new contract, ending a bitter dispute that prompted the first strike of city teachers in 25 years.
Karen Lewis, Street Fighter Chicago Magazine: A Halloween mask of Rahm Emanuel’s face was tacked onto a shelf in front of Lewis’s desk, staring straight at her and leaving little doubt that she considers the mayor her chief opponent.
Watching the debate with Rahm Emanuel: High fives, big smiles and a few near yawns Sun Times: Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, got comfy on a sofa at the South Side home of Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) as he cheered on his old boss with a crowded room of Obama supporters.
Lynn Sweet: Romney on points — Obama didn’t make strong case for 2nd term Sun Times: Romney prevailed over President Barack Obama in their first debate on Wednesday — with Obama not able to present a forceful defense of his tenure in office or why he deserved a second term.
Testing, Graduation, and the Numbers Behind Charter Schools in Chicago Chicago Mag: Far from the heated rhetoric of the charters-versus-public schools debate, a 2009 paper looking at a decade of charter schools in Chicago suggests that they don't necessarily improve test scores all that much, but that charter high schools are good at sending kids to college, in ways traditional schools might learn from.
FBI gives Chicago student a peek at his potential Tribune: That's where I met him a few weeks ago, while reporting a column about schools that weren't on strike in Chicago. The boys I interviewed talked about becoming doctors, biologists, architects, veterinarians, engineers, teachers.
Schools crack down on dirty dancing La Crosse Tribune: A junior at a suburban Chicago high school is organizing an alternative homecoming dance where students can feel free to “grind” without reprimand after the school promised to cut down on bawdy dancing, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Murders in Chicago: What can stop the bloodbath? USA TODAY: Mariame Kaba formed Project NIA three years ago to advocate for youth in court, get them back inschool and help gang members leave that life. What they need most is jobs, she says.