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.
PRO / CON EDITORIALS
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.