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The race for City Hall

Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011.

In the News: Another day at the negotiating table

You could say we're officially on a strike watch as Chicago Public Schools and the teachers union go back to the negotiating table Friday morning in another effort to reach a contract and squash the threat of a walkout.

As the union moves closer to a strike, CTU President Karen Lewis and other union officers will be at the Red Line’s 95th Street stop to talk with parents and the public about the ongoing contract fight, according to a news advisory issued yesterday. For the past week, teachers have engaged in informational picketing at nearly 240 public schools.

Officials at UNO have spent $12,000 to buy advertising on Spanish-language radio stations informing parents that UNO schools will remain in session regardless of how the contract negotiations play out.

WBEZ has posted a timeline: From Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election to a looming teachers' strike.


The defense rested Thursday in the racial discrimination trial against Elgin School District U46 in the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois in Chicago. (Courier-News)


Schools that enroll 90 percent or more non-white students spend $733 less per pupil per year than schools that enroll 90 percent or more white students, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for American Progress released Wednesday.

Even as charters soar in popularity, D.C. officials have often relegated these schools to second-class status, maintaining funding policies and practices that bypass charters and steer extra money to the traditional city school system. (The Washington Post)

Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York have all relinquished multi-million-dollar federal grants intended to promote merit pay and professional development for educators. (Education Week)

Educators are going to door to door, retooling schools, and renting billboard space to keep and attract students to regular public schools. (Education Week)


Danny V wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

The Time for Rahm to Act is Now

It is very frustrating to see that the two sides are still so far apart with the beginning of school (for 2/3 of Chicago's children) so near at hand.

Daily we hear new stories that the implementation of the interim agreement at Track E schools has been chaotic and unproductive, despite JC Brizzard's dog-and-pony shows misleading the public into thinking all is well. Imagine how much more chaos in a little more than a week.

Karen Lewis and Jesse Sharkey may be the very soul of discretion and restraint in seeking to avoid a strike, but even they may not be able to contain the anger festering among 25,000 CTU members working in the schools.

If the Mayor and his unelected, unaffected school board truly wish to avoid a strike disrupting the schooling of hundreds of thousands of children, they must act now.

Northside teacher wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

Tracke E recess

Recess is going ok BUTTTTT...its being done on the backs of volunteers and low paid recess staff!!! I dont know how long it will last.....the volunteers at my school ARE EXHAUSTED!!

Just Waiting wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

If There Were An Independent Press

The chaos that is passing for a plan from the 4th floor of City Hall will last only until fights and accidents result in insurance claims. Inexperienced volunteers cannot manage classrooms of kids at recess.

The press will not do its job, however, and investigate this chaos because they are terrified of the mayor.

It's a sad day in Chicago and teachers had best stop endorsing politicians.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago


Speaking of endorsing politicians...look at latest aft gushing over obama. What i joke. I dont like romney. But obama is not much better with his race to the top. And don't get me started on duncan

Anonymous wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago


The AFT heunions have a hidden agenda. That is fool the members, Go along with the Corporate structure while pretending to defend it's members. Here's the joke . The m,embers NEVER win! THE AFT wants to be able to unionize charters when they let public schools go under.

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