Voting Day For Teachers

It's the day for teachers to vote on the tentative contract.  Lots of coverage of that, plus dueling editorials (Tribune against, Sun Times for).  Also: the Bears beat the Cowboys.  Teachers -- what are you going to (did you) vote, and why?  Parents and others -- what would you vote if you had a direct say?


Teachers poised to vote on new contract Chicago Tribune: Chicago teachers Tuesday will vote on whether to accept a contract agreement and end a contentious labor battle that culminated in a seven-day strike last month.

CTU members set to vote on contract deal that ended teachers strike Sun Times:  Some 30,000 Chicago Teachers Union members vote Tuesday on whether to ratify the contract deal that resolved the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years.

Chicago Teachers Set To Vote On Contract CBS2: As teachers in southwest suburban Evergreen Park begin a strike, teachers in the Chicago Public Schools are ready to vote on the new contract that ended their strike last month.


Why the teachers' labor contract stings Tribune: It forced Chicago Public Schools to continue to pay unaffordable "step" and "lane" salary increases regardless of a teacher's effectiveness with students. Teachers automatically receive these salary bumps for earning advanced academic degrees or ...

Vote for a truce, CTU Sun Times: In the name of peace, we offer a humble suggestion to Chicago teachers: Approve the new contract. In big numbers. The contract doesn’t provide for more social workers, air conditioners or libraries. That fight continues. But this should be an easy “yes” vote.

Moody's votes 'no' Tribune: Chicago teachers will vote Tuesday on whether to approve their new labor contract. One vote has already been cast: Moody's Investor Service has given the deal and Chicago Public Schools a resounding "no."

Chicago teachers' strike protected status quo Wicked Local: To be fair to Chicago's teachers, the budget woes of the Chicago Public Schools is largely caused by a drop-off in tax revenues since the economic recession in 2008.


Paul Tough, Barbara Bowman on "soft skills" Catalyst: Journalist Paul Tough says many education reform efforts are bound to fail if they don’t address the non-cognitive qualities children need to succeed in school and beyond. The seeds for these qualities are planted in early childhood with a good bond between parent and child, which can protect a child from toxic stress. They also can be developed in the teenage years.

CPS To Use Federal Grant To Improve Student Health CBS2: Chicago Public Schools will use *federal grant money* in an effort to improve the health of its students.


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  • Bruce Rauner says in the Tribune editorial that the CTU "blocked merit pay, so thousands of great teachers cannot be paid more for superior performance".
    Silly great teachers! The Board didn't want to extend your hours, cut your benefits, and reduce your job security; it actually wanted to pay you more! BTW, how much *more* does Bruce Rauner pay his "great teachers"?

    Rauner goes on to say that "union bosses have radicalized the very people who stand in our public school classrooms every day. After I wrote about these issues three weeks ago on the Tribune's Perspective page, a CTU rep saw me on the street. He got in my face, screamed at the top of his lungs, calling me a "faggot" and a "rich capitalist" and threatened to kill me and harass my family".
    These One Percenters lives are so separate from the rest of us they don't even know how to make up stories that sound like how people actually talk.
    Can these guys at least pretend like they believe the crap they are shoveling? Shame on the Tribune for publishing this blatant propaganda (again!).

  • In reply to PDec:

    I would have to see the police report to believe that.

  • In reply to PDec:

    I apologize. I was wrong. It turns out Bruce is a corporatist, not a capitalist.

  • In reply to PDec:

    Well, well, well, I'vr been telling this blog about Bruce Rauner for a while now. I'm glad everyone finally knows about him.

  • so an official threatens to kill you and get your family without a news story three weeks ago? seems like trib is getting more bloggy by the minute

  • Excellent editorial/journalistic decisions by the Tribune. Bruce Rauner gets a platform to spout unsubstantiated claims that are in fact hard to believe. It looks like the Tribune editorial board has been radicalized by the likes of Rauner. I cannot remember the last time the Trib had a positive word about UNIONIZED teachers. Charters are different story. It must be an easy connection to make that teachers automatically become great when they are without a union, when you operate inside a corporatist, right-wing bubble, like that of Rauner and the Tribune Editorial Board. Nice to see the impartiality in the article. The CTU has ruined CPS while Rahm, JC, Triple B and the BofE must of had a gun to their head when they agreed to this deal. INDEED!

  • Just canceled the Trib subscription I have had for the last 20 years. I have been saying I was going to do it every week for the last year, but am so emotionally attached to reading my Trib with my morning coffee I just couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger. Until now.

    How could I possibly give them another penny when they print insulting garbage about my profession day after day? A person can only take so much.

    It is over, Trib. It's not me, it's you. You have become the Fox News of Chicago print journalism. Now that I've quit you, I'm mortified that I stayed with you as long as I did, just out of habit. The thought of you makes me cringe.

    Well - I'll get over it, I'm sure. The Sun-Times will feel awkward for the first week, but we'll get the hang of it.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Just subscribed to the Tribune. At least they understand the true dynamics in our messed up education system and actually know how the budget and taxpayers are impacted. Go Trib Go!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    "Go Trib Go!" ?!?!?! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You "just subscribed to the Tribune"? Suuuuurrreeeeee you did. You must be their first subscription in years. What made you finally sign up for that propaganda sheet in late 2012?

    Absurdist humor. Funny stuff. Thanks.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Yep, they actually know how to budget. That's why they filed bankruptcy !
    Oh wait - isn't that what they want to do to CPS?

  • We could use this program to evaluate teachers. If billions of dollars couldn't produce a reliable way to distiguish between ordinary citizens and terrorists, it doesn't bode well for REACH value-added measurement.

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