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In the News: CTU strike support 'overwhelming'
Chicago public school teachers in 150 schools have voted overwhelmingly in mock ballots to support a strike should ongoing contract negotiations fail, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis revealed Thursday.
Contract negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union are in their fourth month and union president Karen Lewis said Thursday that an informal poll of members at 150 schools shows "overwhelming" support for a strike. Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard, holding a separate news conference, rebuked the union for bringing up the possibility of a strike while talks are still underway. (Tribune)
Chicago teachers have not gone out on strike since 1987. CTU President Karen GJ Lewis, who said she was a first-year teacher during the last strike, said the climate at CPS is the most hostile she has ever seen. (WBEZ)
Chicago Teachers "overwhelmingly" support strike in mock poll. (NBC Chicago)
In response to the teachers' support for a possible strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he just might be feeling angst too, “anytime anybody is not focused on their first priority which is teaching our children, that’s when I get angst." (WLS)
The publicly funded Chicago State University has instructed its faculty and staff that only authorized university representatives can share information with the media and that everything from opinion pieces to social media communications could require prior approval. (Tribune)
Last month when a furor erupted over a beef product opponents dubbed "pink slime" being served in schools and fast-food restaurants, Chicago Public Schools officials quickly assured the public that "none of our food contains any of this substance." Now, CPS says it isn't so sure, and beef patties served in its cafeterias may well have contained the chemically treated beef product the government calls "lean finely textured beef" that has prompted concern among parents and healthy food advocates. (Tribune)
The Chicago Public School system has just completed a nearly $7 million project to install high-tech, high-definition security cameras in 14 high schools. (CBS Chicago)
IN THE NATION
While the Obama administration, among others, would like to boost the amount of money devoted to parental outreach, some say the No Child Left Behind law encourages a focus on compliance, rather than fostering creative and sustained cooperation between schools and parents. (Education Week)
Detroit Public Schools is planning radical changes for the next school year that include provisions such as allowing 10 high schools to govern themselves and allowing central-office functions such as food and police services to be sold to schools throughout the region. (Detroit Free Press)
Milwaukee Public Schools will freeze a second pension for existing teachers and end it for any new hires in a move that is expected to save the district $5 million in annual contributions beginning in 2013. (The Business Journal)
Portland Public Schools officials overstepped in forcing district teachers to take on more classes and students, and owe affected educators a total $1.5 million, a state arbitrator ruled this week.