Challengers to Karen Lewis and her leadership will run to head the Chicago Teachers' Union - arguing that Lewis didn't get enough in the most recent contract. There aren't enough (certified) substitutes. Byrd-Bennett talks closings in the Sun Times. There aren't nearly as many charter schools/kids in Chicago as in other big cities, even though enrollment has nearly doubled in the last six years. (See chart.)
Chicago Teachers' Union
Karen Lewis to face opposition in May CTU electionSun Times: Karen Lewis, thefeisty president of the Chicago Teachers Union whogained a rock star followingduring the 2012 teachers strike, will face opposition during the CTU elections in May.
Chicago Teachers Union members to run against CTU President Karen Lewis' leadership teamTribune: New slate set for May 17 vote, says Lewis wasn't tough enough during strike
Karen Lewis Faces Opposition in Union Election CPS Chatter: It’s great to see Democracy in action, but I wonder if they should be going after the contract in their campaign with their Vice President candidate Mark Ochoa was part of the contract team that negotiated the contract and voted to accept the Board’s offer.
Shortage of substitute teachers hits hard Catalyst: The problems started in spring 2012, principals say, but got worse during this winter’s massive flu outbreak. One issue could be a district rule that, starting in 2010, required substitute teachers to have teaching certificates “to alleviate concerns from principals regarding sub quality,” says CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler. But, she says, existing subs were grandfathered in.
Chicago Charter School Enrollment Climbs, Still Behind Many Other Major Cities Chicago Magazine: Chicago's charter-school population, as a percentage of all public school students, has climbed rapidly in the past few years—but it's still a lower percentage than most of its peers.
Southwest Side Braces for Round Two of CPS School Closings Forums DNAinfo: Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett on Monday said she's encouraging residents to get involved at the CPS-hosted meetings. “I need as much feedback as possible to inform my decisions and my ultimate recommendations to the Board of Education."