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In the News: 'Real school will not be open'
The popular Twitter hashtags to follow CTU strike news and events are #FairContractNow and #CTUstrike. Twitter users all over the city and the country are weighing in on the first Chicago teachers strike since 1987.
Chicago's teachers set up picket lines this morning after talks with public school officials ended over the weekend without resolution. (Tribune)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was not in the room during contract negotiations between CTU and CPS, but his top aide for education, Beth Swanson, was. (Sun-Times)
Chicago teachers strike after talks fail (WBEZ)
CPS posts its latest offer to the teachers union online.
Illinois charter school leaders urged parents of Chicago’s charter school students to send their children to class Monday, regardless of whether the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike. Teachers in Chicago’s public charter schools are not members of the CTU. (Sun-Times)
“Negotiations have been intense but productive, however, we have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said at a dramatic 10 p.m. Sunday press conference. “Real school will not be open [Monday]. ... No CTU member will be inside our schools. (Sun-Times)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the teachers strike is "not necessary" because the two sides were close. He also sought to cast the negotiations as hinging on two remaining issues: a new teacher evaluation system and principals' ability to get rid of teachers. Chicago Teachers Union officials said there are more remaining issues than that, although they conceded the strike is not primarily about money. (Tribune)
The Tribune has an online list of churches and other locations offering "safe havens" for CPS students while teachers are on strike.
Here is a list of the 144 Chicago schools that will be open during the strike, courtesy of the Tribune.
A few things to know about the strike, and why the CTU is right and Mayor Rahm Emanuel — who has failed to fairly bargain with the union — is wrong, according to Bold Progessives.
Other strike news by non-Chicago media:
Education Week: Chicago teachers strike as education reform tensions boil over
USAToday: Chicago teachers to strike after talks fail
CNN: Union: Chicago teachers to go on strike
CNN: Chicago teachers strike leaves 400,000 students out of school
The Washington Post: Why are the Chicago teachers on strike?
The New York Times: The political stakes now may be highest for Rahm Emanuel, the Democratic mayor in a city with deep union roots. He took office last year holding up the improvement of public schools as one of his top priorities, but now faces arduous political terrain certain to accompany Chicago’s first public schools strike in 25 years.