A Look at the Deal that Ended the Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 1:00 pm

Dylan Matthews intends to wrap up the Chicago teachers strike with an assessment of what both sides got out of the contract “in one post.” Here’s a list, in one post, of some of the things he left out, culled mostly from what the CTU informed its members was in the contract.

 

Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Suspend Strike

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 5:00 pm

The Chicago Teachers Union has agreed to suspend its seven-day strike and return to work. Classes will resume for more than 350,000 students on Wednesday. This does not mean they have agreed to the contract submitted by the Chicago Public Schools, only that they will complete the strike action while reserving the right to walk out again if the final resolution doesn’t meet with their satisfaction.

Chicago Teachers Strike to Last Couple More Days, as Union Mulls Over Tentative Agreement

By: Monday September 17, 2012 8:05 am

Chicago public school students will not return to the classroom on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Union decided to take more time to mull over a contract proposal. Students will not return to class until Wednesday at the earliest, according to the union.

Chicago Teachers Strike to Last Couple More Days, as Union Mulls Over Tentative Agreement

By: Sunday September 16, 2012 7:12 pm

Chicago public school students will not return to the classroom on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Union decided to take more time to mull over a contract proposal. Students will not return to class until Wednesday at the earliest, according to the union.

Chicago Teachers Strike a Critical Moment in the Future of Public Education

By: Friday September 14, 2012 6:00 am

The Chicago teachers strike could end by Monday, CTU President Karen Lewis now projects. It’s hard to get a handle on where the concessions have been made. We know that raises would be restructured as per union policy and health insurance rates would remain the same, pending union participation in wellness programs. In addition, the city would be unable to rescind raises in a time of economic emergency, as Rahm Emanuel did last year.

Chicago Teachers Strike Could End Tomorrow

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 9:35 am

The Chicago Teachers Union strike could end as early as tomorrow. Both sides reported progress in yesterday’s bargaining session, and hopes are high that today’s session will complete whatever outstanding issues exist. Since strikes are technically confined to bargaining issues like pay and benefits, we only have the barest sketch of the emerging deal.

Corporate-Led Education Reform Movement Ignores Solvable Problems to Carry Out Its Agenda

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:00 pm

To the extent that there are problems, it appears clear that they have to do with resources. The schools in the lowest-income areas have no air conditioning. Roofs leak. The cafeteria is full of roaches. Mold sits in the ventilation systems. Kids don’t get textbooks for weeks. Administrators pack classrooms with 40 and 50 students at a time. These are pretty obvious and solvable problems. Worse, there’s apparently money in the system to make these repairs, in the form of TIFs or Tax Increment Financing, that have been re-routed to pet projects, including a Hyatt Hotel and the Chicago Board of Trade.

Chicago Teachers Union Heads Out on Strike

By: Monday September 10, 2012 7:52 am

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) commenced their first education strike in a generation last ight, with 29,000 teachers and school personnel walking out and taking up picket lines.

Teacher’s Unions in Tension With Democrats in Charlotte

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 8:00 am

Two facts help explain the dichotomy on education in the Democratic platform. First, teachers make up a substantial portion of the delegates in Charlotte this week. Second, the Obama Administration is committed to education reforms that really stand in contrast to the goals of most teacher’s unions. They have worked around this tension for four years, but in the platform you see it come to a head.

No Child Left Behind Waivers: Can Affordable Care Act Waivers in a Romney Presidency Be Far Behind?

By: Friday July 6, 2012 12:11 pm

Many commentators on the left predict that Mitt Romney, if elected President, could not repeal the Affordable Care Act. And that’s true as far as it goes, I suppose, not all of it could get shoehorned into a reconciliation bill; and a tight-knit group of 41 Democrats in the Senate could, under current rules, block any vote under regular order. However…

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