Rahm Emanuel Is Losing Control Of Chicago

By: Monday June 17, 2013 7:47 am

Chicago has experienced one of its bloodiest weekends yet under “Murder Mayor” Rahm Emanuel with 46 people shot and at least 7 dead. Questions are now being raised as to whether Emanuel can govern the city. At least 34 people were shot — seven of them fatally — Saturday afternoon through Father’s Day Sunday, stretching [...]

Rahm Emanuel Tied To Firm Astroturfing Protests Against Chicago Teachers Union

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 10:28 am

A consulting firm tied to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been caught paying people to protest the Chicago Teachers Union. The firm, Resolute Consulting, worked on Rahm Emanuel’s 2002 Congressional campaign and is led by long time Emanuel friend Greg Goldner. Goldner along with other interested parties have been involved in smear campaign against the [...]

Campaign Opposing Penny Pritzker For Commerce Secretary Heats Up

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 12:25 pm

Billionaire Penny Pritzker, of the plutocratic Pritzker family, has been floated by the Obama Administration as a candidate for Commerce Secretary. Penny Pritzker, an heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune, is a leading candidate to become President Obama’s next commerce secretary as the president slowly moves to complete his second-term economic team. Ms. Pritzker, who [...]

The Apologists for Housing Fraud

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 7:08 am

Libertarian University of Chicago Economist Luigi Zingales highlights two academic papers which provide evidence for the long-obvious belief that the Obama Administration pulled its punches when given the opportunity to indict bank executives for fraud in the creation and popping of the housing bubble. He, of course, doesn’t think that they show that, and does [...]

A Look at the Deal that Ended the Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 10:58 am

Dylan Matthews intends to wrap up the Chicago teachers strike with an assessment of what both sides got out of the contract “in one post.” Here’s a list, in one post, of some of the things he left out, culled mostly from what the CTU informed its members was in the contract. • Arts, music [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Delegates Meet Today to Vote on Contract

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 9:01 am

The House of Delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union will meet today to decide on whether to accept a contract worked out last week in negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools. Union leaders initially hinted that they would accept the tentative agreement on Sunday while the details got hammered out, but decided to take more [...]

Chicago Public Schools Sue to Try to Force Teachers Back to Work

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:12 pm

The Chicago Public Schools system formally sought an injunction against the weeklong teachers strike, imploring a judge to order Chicago Teachers Union members back to work while negotiations continue on a contract. The injunction order claims that the CTU is illegally striking over non-economic issues, in violation of state statutes, and that the strike creates [...]

Chicago Strike Forces Discussion of New Models for Student Achievement and Teacher Assessment

By: Monday September 17, 2012 7:02 am

As the Chicago teachers strike continues for at least a couple more days, I’m struck by how the event, and the associated commentary, is forcing a rethink about the measures we use in the popular mythology for student achievement and teacher assessment. Because the education space has become so dominated by corporate-led interests of the [...]

Chicago Teachers Strike to Last Couple More Days, as Union Mulls Over Tentative Agreement

By: Sunday September 16, 2012 6:00 pm

Chicago public school students will not return to the classroom on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Union decided to take more time to mull over a contract proposal. Students will not return to class until Wednesday at the earliest, according to the union. The delegates could vote to end the strike as early as Tuesday, [...]

Sources: Tentative Agreement in Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:06 pm

The Chicago Tribune reports that a tentative deal has been reached in the teachers strike that would resume classes as early as Monday for 350,000 students. The union’s House of Delegates will review the proposal at a meeting this afternoon and is likely to vote to end the five-day-old teachers strike on Sunday after final [...]

Chicago Teachers Strike Resolution Imminent as Emanuel Bends

By: Friday September 14, 2012 8:18 am

Everyone continues to expect a conclusion to the Chicago teachers strike today. “Number crunching” delayed an announcement last night, but CTU President Karen Lewis still scheduled a meeting with the union’s House of Delegates at 2pm CT today, where they could give preliminary approval to any deal. But labor will rally at 12pm CT in [...]

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