Go To School!

School is in session today -- I wonder how that's going for everyone?  Plus a CPS plan for covering the contract costs that focuses on one-time measures.  The Sun Times editorial page notes that much much more has to be done on the budget front. (NYU professor Pedro Noguera calls for aggressive action to fix CPS, too.)  Also in the Sun-Times, a funny quote from Karen Lewis praising Jim Franczek that I'm not exactly sure how to take.

CPS schools will be open Chicago Tribune: Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday. The following public services will be affected: Schools: Chicago Public Schools will be open. Most parochial and suburban schools will be closed. Government offices:

Plan to fund Chicago teacher contract heavy on one-time measures Reuters: The Chicago Public Schools would rely mainly on one-time measures to cover the $103 million, first-year cost of a new teachers' contract, under a plan the school system released on Friday.

CPS cuts spending to meet teachers contract Tribune: Chicago Public Schools on Friday provided a spare outline of how it plans to pay for a new teachers contract that includes refinancing $100 million in existing bonds.

CPS reveals plan to pay for first year of teachers' raises Fox: Chicago Public Schools said Friday it will pay for this year's teacher raises by reducing central office spending and restructuring debt, making no mention of closing any schools.

Noguera: Fix Chicago schools CNN:  Pedro Noguera says it's clear from the poor performance of Chicago's schools that aggressive action must be taken for change.

Editorial: CPS must get serious about budget cuts Sun-Times: On the other side of the negotiating table, Karen Lewis, the fiery Chicago Teachers Union president, praises Franczek for his vast experience and says she felt he respected the collective-bargaining process. “He is friggin' brilliant for the management."

Rahm Emanuel's go-to guy on labor: Leave 'no footprints' Sun-Times: James Franczek chief labor negotiator for City Hall, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges and McPier in his loop office.

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