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In the News: Rahm adviser blasts teachers' union
Businessman Bruce Rauner, a close behind-the-scenes adviser to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, delivered a blistering critique of the union Tuesday in Chicago and outlined a long-term plan to try to split "good teachers" from organized labor's grasp, according to Tribune.Relieved parents cheer students' return to classroom.
Delegates for the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday to call off their seven-day strike. And though the union did not achieve all it initially sought, CTU President Karen Lewis claimed several victories. She argued that the union had successfully rejected Mayor Rahm Emanuel's attempts to institute merit pay, fought off more stringent requirements in a new teacher evaluation system and secured a recall policy for top-performing teachers who are laid off because of school closings. (Tribune)
Chicago parents deliver 1,000 postcards to CPS leaders. (AP/Washington Post)
How social media and the teachers strike stung a local restaurant owner. (Tribune)
IN THE STATE
Classes will resume today at Lake Forest High School after the school board and striking teachers reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, officials from both sides said this morning. (Tribune)
A guidance counselor and former girls basketball coach at south suburban Rich Central High School has been fired after writing a racy, graphic book about women and relationships. (Tribune)
The Rockford School District will soon have another way to collect money, but it won’t be used for salaries, building expansions or renovations. This time, it’ll come in the form of donations to the Rockford Public Schools Foundation, a charitable organization run on donations, fundraising and grant money. (Rockford Register Star)
IN THE NATION
According to the Institute of Education Sciences' Turning Around Low-Performing Schools project, it's not just particular programs or practices but the interplay of school implementation with district policies and support that can make a low-performing school turn around and build momentum over time. (Education Week)