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Today’s education news – there’s lots of stuff — includes more sorting out of “what just happened?” plus some hints at “what’s about to happen?” There are some hotheads, and some folks taking victory laps. Lots more — will add it in comments, if you don’t beat me too it.


Strike notes CMW: The teacher walkout was entirely a result of the mayor’s bumbling. Bumbling on the longer school day and bumbling on the contract negotiations.

Chicago Goes Back To School For A Second Time NPR: The union rank and file still must vote on whether to accept the contract hammered out between union leaders and city officials. And both sides will have some hard work ahead to repair the bad blood that erupted during the walkout.

Exclusive: CTU’s Karen Lewis on Emanuel, Vitale — and Steinem Sun Times:  Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis hasn’t heard from Mayor Rahm Emanuel yet — but she has heard from Gloria Steinem and hundreds of supporters from as far away as Australia, France, Italy and Canada.

Raises, contract length were key to turning strike around Chicago Sun-Times: Then early Friday afternoon, just in time for a key union delegate meeting, the offer from Chicago Public Schools sweetened: Years one and four come with 3 percent raises, a whole percent more for those two years than originally offered.

Teacher gains debated Chicago Tribune: While Chicago’s teachers may have drawn national attention to their cause, it’s still unclear whether what was achieved at the bargaining table during a seven-day strike was worth 


Emanuel mum on how to pay for teachers’ contract Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel today offered no specifics on how he’ll pay for raises and other new costs in the Chicago Teachers Union contract, saying he would continue to look for savings in the Chicago Public Schools.

With Strike Over, Chicago Faces Another Test WSJ:  In New York, despite a state law that mandates new evaluations, only 107 of roughly 700 districts have reached agreement with unions and had their plans approved by the state. In Massachusetts, only 95 of the 235 districts that must implement new evaluations this year have inked deals. In other cases, such as Delaware, the task of carrying out such a complex overhaul was delayed for a year. Tennessee officials plan to make changes after data showed a disconnect between test scores and teacher ratings, and principals complained about too many classroom observations.

Next School Crisis for Chicago: Pension Fund is Running Dry  NYT: The pension fund has about $10 billion in assets, but is paying out more than $1 billion in benefits a year — much more than it has been taking in. That has forced it to sell investments, worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, to pay retired teachers. Experts say the fund could collapse within a few years unless something is done.


Emanuel adviser Bruce Rauner blasts Chicago Teachers Union leadership Tribune:  Speaking at a panel moderated by Margaret Spellings, the former U.S. education secretary in the most recent Bush administration, Rauner questioned why a teacher who is “a talented example of the profession” would want to join the CTU or find themselves “stuck there” without recognition.

Mayor’s Adviser Attacks CTU WTTW: As the teachers’ strike comes to an end, Bruce Rauner, a board member from the Chicago Public Education Fund, says teachers unions protect bad teachers. Rauner and Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey join us.


Chicago teachers’ test scores worse than Illinois students Yahoo! News:  Public school teachers in Chicago who took the test when they were in high school averaged a score of 19 out of a possible 36 — which is worse than the average median score for all students nationwide. In fact, Illinois students beat the teachers, scoring a 21 on average, though Chicago-area students only scored in the 17-18 range.

Does ACT predict teacher quality? Sun Times (Mark Brown): Brown: What are CPS teachers ACT scores? Who cares …


Obama says end of teachers strike is welcomed WBEZ: President Barack Obama is welcoming the end of a seven-day teachers strike in his hometown.


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  • Javorsky in the Reader on the strike. Some off; some on target.


  • In reply to district299reader:

    Where did Ben Javorsky get the idea that the CTU House of Delegates voted to approve the contract on Tuesday? He writes: "There's no way Lewis could have pushed the deal through without a clear sign from the rank and file that they'd ratify it. As more than one teacher has told me, they'd be very upset if the delegates had approved the contract without running it by them. Give the union credit for this—it may be the last democracy left in Chicago."

    Maybe I am wrong about this, in that case a delegate can correct me, but on Tuesday there was apparently only two voice votes taken. One was on a motion to suspend the strike and the other was to adjourn. Given his discription of past formal votes in the article he also made it sound like there was a roll call vote on Tuesday. Again if a delegate knows better please post and correct my error.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod you are right. I was there.

  • What the heck is this? "Chicago teachers’ test scores worse than Illinois students [Daily Caller]: Public school teachers in Chicago who took the test when they were in high school averaged a score of 19 out of a possible 36 — which is worse than the average median score for all students nationwide. In fact, Illinois students beat the teachers, scoring a 21 on average, though Chicago-area students only scored in the 17-18 range." (more at http://news.yahoo.com/chicago-teachers-test-scores-worse-illinois-students-173408373.html from the link in the post above)

    Anyone with insight care to explain it to me? There's got to be more to this story.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The Daily Caller is a news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C., United States, with a focus on politics, original reporting and breaking news. Founded by conservative commentator Tucker Carlson and Republican politician Neil Patel, former adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller launched on January 11, 2010. - from wikipedia. So, consider the source.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Dear district299reader, right, consider the source. There is a national attack on public education and teacher unions, led by the Republicans and their billions and millions of dollars.

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