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"organizations like Noble and UP who are willing to put in the work that you don't want to do."
What work is that? We do essentially the same work, whether charter or not. BTW, UNO teachers...
I don't have a problem with unions. I have a problem with teachers paying the CTU to stand in the way of organizations like Noble and UP who are willing to put in the work that you don't want to...
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In the News: Union, board close one gap
Both sides declared victory after the Chicago Teachers Union and the school board reached an agreement Tuesday that could help avert a strike.
CPS and CTU announced a partial agreement in ongoing teacher contract negotiations on Tuesday, with the union accepting the lengthening of the school day and the district saying it will hire 477 teachers, giving preference to teachers displaced over the past two years. (Catalyst)
The Tribune editorial page offers this guarded assessment of Tuesday's partial and tentative deal between Chicago Public School and the teachers union: "Haven't the teachers just taken off the table their strongest argument for any raise in the contract?"
“In order to get us to where we are today, it took a march of nearly ten thousand educators, a strike authorization vote, and a fact-finders report to get CPS to move on this issue.” — CTU President Karen Lewis
IN THE STATE
Illinois is among the nation's leaders in health insurance coverage for children, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book. Other key findings include:
- In 2010, Illinois ranked fourth among the 50 states in health insurance coverage for children. Only 4 percent of children in the state were uninsured, compared with 8 percent nationwide.
- Illinois ranked fifth among the states in preschool participation. In 2008-2010, 54 percent of Illinois children ages 3 and 4 attended either public or private preschool.
Hinsdale High School District 86 proposes $102 million budget. (Sun-Times)
IN THE NATION
School grades in 40 of Florida's 67 school districts have been bumped up after they were miscalculated under a questionable evaluation system, education officials say. (Miami Herald)
An 11.1 percent decline in student enrollment in Milwaukee Public Schools over the past five years is the third-greatest percentage decrease in enrollment nationwide among large school districts, the New York Times reports this week. (Journal Sentinel)
A charter school founder has been charged with defrauding a group of Philadelphia schools of $6.5 million, and a number of other individuals are accused of conspiring to obstruct justice. (Education Week)
Sally Ride—the first American female astronaut and an influential role model and advocate for STEM education—died Monday. (Education Week)
Maryland education leaders voted to overhaul student-discipline practices Tuesday, approving regulations that they hope will cut back on suspensions, keep students in class and create a less-punitive culture in the state’s public schools. (Washington Post)