Contract Approved - Now What?

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.




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    Whem Mitt was challenging the President on his $90bn investment in alternative energy he said he would have hired 2,000,000 new teachers for that money:

    1) I'm sure that's a Rham style lie
    2) But more importantly...divide that into $90bn and you get $45,000 per year....after incurance that's more like $35,'s clear that he is thinking charter school teachers salaries. BEWARE - Mitt will nationalize Rham's plan.
    3) the scary part is that I think Obama is punting the issue down the field - I'm not 100% sure where he stands on that either.

  • MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL BLAMES THE CTU STRIKE FOR THE CPS SCHOOL CALENDAR SWITCH: Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday blamed the seven-day strike by Chicago Public School teachers for a new student calendar that has infuriated parents by moving spring break up a week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "Had we not had a strike, we wouldn't be in the position, which is why I thought that was a strike of choice, and it wasn't good for our kids, our families, our taxpayers and the city."

  • That's such BS. CPS always has Spring Break line up with the week of Good Friday, to avoid the massive number of teachers and staff who take that day off. The original calendar had Spring Break the week after Easter. CPS moved it up because they realized they made a mistake.

  • President David Vitale of the Chicago School Board said that CPS is going to have to cut 1/2 of the 165,000 unterutilized students seats in the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Sounds like about 100 schools consolidated into about 50. That saves about 6 million in principal salaries alone. Good plan.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    Hey CPS Parent, you like the plan? Good. Your child's school will be consolidated with the gang-infested school a few blocks away. It will now be overcrowded and much more dangerous. Teachers will have to reapply for their jobs. Your kid's favorite teacher won't be rehired- she is an incredible veteran educator, but she costs just too much. Your child will now have to walk an additional half mile to school through multiple gang territories. Glad you like the plan. Enjoy.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Father Phleger is fixing the gang thing and Jesse Jackson will help, he always helps. It will be ok.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    um...... what kind of drugs are you on?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Just sudafed - actually walgreens generic type. Really they're workig on it. I saw it on T.V.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    working! Sometimes I make spelling mistakes!

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    Anyway, last night I did some figuring, (on my cel phone - at work I have a calculator with a paper roll - much better) So if 50 schools are closed because they're less than half full you save about (at least I think) 20 million $ per year! WITHOUT LOSING ANY TEACHER POSITIONS ALSO REMEMBER (IN THE NEW CONTRACT) TEACHERS FOLLOW STUDENTS IN THE CASE OF CONSOLIDATIONS. (teacher who commented above - that's in the contract - maybe you were too busy to read - I'm busy at work too although not teaching although i'd like to teach my boss a thing or two haha!) 20 million $ per year is 300 or 400 teachers to reduce class sizes!

  • UNO's Rangel has list of sCPS chools to close? (Catalyst:)person who sent it said he got docs at a bbq at mr. rangel's house for up and coming leaders. Spokesman for uno says they just want parents to know which schools could be on list.'they rnt closing newberry,' said he

  • Ben Joravsky's representation was much more honest than any that Ram Emanual has made about charter performance. People who have worked with the data know that Terry Mazani was right - overall the charters are not outperforming the public schools. And it's not spoken about but parents in Chicago probably find charters attractive because they segregate their children from the children who come come from the most difficult backgrounds - the children from families with the worst problems. Why aren't charters held responsible for reporting the demographics of the children that they serve and the children who either leave or are forced out of their schools? If charter schools are going to be educating a large percentage of Chicago's children and taking public money to do so, they should be held accountable for reporting demographic information on the children they are educating. How do we make that happen?

  • In reply to Zee299:

    sorry - sb spelled Mazany.

  • Call cal call mitchell, Zorn and Rossi and tell them this--the facts over over and over. Do a FOIA on the number of students charters kick out after they get the poverty money for them.
    agitate agitate agitate

  • Comment trolls can't deal with parent advocacy that doesn't focus exclusively on neighborhood schools @catalystchicago

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Alex, your comtempt is showing. You have become out of touch if you can't see where those commenters are coming from in their response to that woman's fabricated personal narrative. Maybe you're due for a good long visit to Chicago and a long walk in our shoes.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    all you're saying is that you disagree with me, there's no substance here. add some information?

  • Some excellent information in the comments on hedge fund managers and closing CPS schools -

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