Today’s news is all about the vote to set a strike date for September 10, who’s to blame for this sorry state of affairs (Rahm more than Brizard, I’d argue), and what if anything CTU will be able to wring out of CPS beyond the 8 percent that’s already been proposed (and rejected as insufficient) . What do you think? Let us know.
Chicago teachers set Sept. 10 strike date; CPS to open half-day schools Sun Times: The Chicago Teachers Union set Sept. 10 as a strike date during a meeting Thursday, three delegates emerging from the meeting said. Meanwhile, CPS outlined a contingency plan for students. “We must be prepared,” CEO Jean-Claude Brizard said.
Chicago teachers set strike date: Sept. 10 WBEZ: September 10. That’s the date the Chicago Teachers Union says it will walk out on strike unless teachers have a contract agreement.The union’s House of Delegates voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to trade their chalk for picket signs a week from Monday if no deal is reached.
CPS to open 145 schools for half-days if teachers strike Sun Times: Chicago Public School officials started reaching out to parents Thursday — through letters, text messages, robo-calls and in a “tele-town hall” meeting — to reassure them that their children will be fed, supervised and occupied in the event of a teachers strike.
Teachers set strike date: Sept. 10 Catalyst: CTU members have complained recently that Brizard has not participated in negotiations. But Jim Franczek, an attorney at labor law firm Franczek Radelet who has represented CPS in numerous negotiation sessions, says that former CEO Arne Duncan never participated in negotiations in 2007 and only stepped in once during 2003 negotiations. “CEOs rarely participate in labor negotiations anywhere,” he notes.
Time for elected school board Sun Times (opinion): Let me get this right, there has not been aChicago Public Schools strike in 25 years; so what’s the common denominator here? Rahm Emanuel and Jean-Claude Brizard. Every day I’m rethinking my mayoral vote.
Hold firm, CPS Chicago Tribune (opinion): The Chicago Teachers Union announced Thursday that it will lead its members off the job Sept. 10 if it does not have a new contract. The teachers could walk off the job and abandon their children in 10 days. And for what? Let’s make no mistake.
With the Chicago Teachers’ Union, I will defend my profession White Rhinoceros: I disagreed and disliked the Chicago Teachers’ Union rhetoric and decisions many times over the last 17 years—I’m honest. Central office has disappointed me many times, too. I still don’t agree with everything.
CPS chief Brizard on his way out? Chicago Tribune: Education and business leaders have told Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard that he’ll be blamed by the mayor for the city ending up on the brink of a teachers strike and he may be on his way out.