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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: 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.
IN THE STATE
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)
IN THE NATION
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)