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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: Parents seek 'place at the table'

A group of CPS parents is looking to organize, voice concerns and assume a "place at the table for the discussions taking place" about their children, according to one parent involved in organizing via a Website called Chicago Students First.  As of this posting, the site had less than 20 parents registered.

For the first time since the teachers’ strike began, Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard spoke out Wednesday afternoon, first denying a widespread rumor that he had resigned. He also discussed why he hasn’t been attending negotiations personally. (CBSChicago)

With the Chicago teachers strike expected to drag on all week, maybe longer, aldermen on Wednesday braced for the political fallout from angry parents as City Hall researched possible legal solutions. (Sun-Times)

Rahm Emanuel started a fight with teachers that only he can finish, writes Carol Marin in the Sun-Times.

Bulls star and CPS graduate Derrick Rose weighs in on teachers strike—via Twitter.

Karen Lewis has emerged as a formidable figure in the stand off between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS. More than a few news organizations have scrambled to profile her. The Atlanta Journal Constitution calls her a "brash advocate" who has "a long distinguished record in the classroom and the overwhelming support of her union's 30,000 members."

NPR looks at how Lewis rose through the ranks to become head of the teachers union.

Meet Karen Lewis, the union leader at the center of the Chicago teachers strike. (Time)

The Chicago Teachers Union strike is giving one Chicago company a boost in business. Sittercity, a website that helps parents find baby sitters and nannies, has seen membership jump 35 percent in the past 24 hours in the Chicago market, said Mary Schwartz, director of public relations.

A striking Chicago Public Schools teacher was hit by a car today while he was picketing outside an elementary school in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. (Tribune)

In the Chicago teachers’ strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oft-cited goal of expanding charter schools is not officially on the table, but a union official called it “the elephant in the room.” (The New York Times)

Several news organizations have noted, including the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Wall St. Journal, that the Chicago teachers' strike is being posited by some as a referendum on President Obama’s education initiatives. (

As Chicago teachers strike, students are on the loose and at loose ends. (The New York Times)

Chicago strike puts spotlight on teacher-evaluation reform. (Education Week)

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