Chicago Teachers Strike a Critical Moment in the Future of Public Education

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 11:42 am

The Chicago teachers strike could end by Monday, CTU President Karen Lewis now projects. It’s hard to get a handle on where the concessions have been made. We know that raises would be restructured as per union policy and health insurance rates would remain the same, pending union participation in wellness programs. In addition, the [...]

Chicago Teachers Strike Could End Tomorrow

By: Thursday September 13, 2012 7:41 am

The Chicago Teachers Union strike could end as early as tomorrow. Both sides reported progress in yesterday’s bargaining session, and hopes are high that today’s session will complete whatever outstanding issues exist. Since strikes are technically confined to bargaining issues like pay and benefits, we only have the barest sketch of the emerging deal. The [...]

The Goal for CTU is Better Schools, Not Better Pay

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 9:04 am

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s op-ed for USA Today makes the overlooked point that Chicago teachers are striking, not necessarily for better pay as it has been claimed in most of the traditional media (complete with haughty stories about those lucky duckie rich teachers), but for better schools. The issues that teachers are fighting for go [...]

CTU Negotiating Position: Let’s Fix Chicago Schools – Literally

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:27 pm

Those politicians and observers asking for the striking Chicago Teachers Union and the city to get back to the bargaining table neglect the fact that they never left. Talks continue between the two sides. And according to this report, CTU has several points of contention. …while Chicago Board of Education officials have said the two [...]

Corporate-Led Education Reform Movement Ignores Solvable Problems to Carry Out Its Agenda

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 9:06 am

One thing you never hear in the education debate, dominated by those persistently shrieking that schools “are in crisis,” is an appeal to the actual data surrounding school performance. The statistics are pretty clear that American students have exceeded their performance over a 30-year period, and that’s true if you control for various populations, both [...]

As Paul Ryan Lines Up Behind Rahm, the Scheme to Privatize Chicago Schools Becomes Clear

By: Tuesday September 11, 2012 6:17 am

Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan has twisted the knife just a bit more in an attempt to draw out President Obama on the Chicago Teachers Union strike, now entering its second day. He told a fundraiser in Portland, OR yesterday that he endorsed the position in the strike of the former chief of staff of [...]

The Chicago Teachers Union Fight Is a National Fight

By: Monday September 10, 2012 2:09 pm

Dylan Matthews published a post today about how teacher strikes harm student achievement, reaching all the way to suggest that the future earning potential of students off from school today at the Chicago Public Schools will be impacted by a protracted strike. Let’s set aside the fact that it seems a bit presumptuous to enter [...]

Romney Tries to Bait Obama Over Chicago Teachers Union Strike

By: Monday September 10, 2012 9:39 am

Mitt Romney is clearly trying to pick a fight over the Chicago Teachers Union strike, and force Barack Obama into making a statement on the issue that will wedge him between his base’s beliefs and his policy preferences, which in this case stand at odds with one another. Here’s Romney’s short statement: I am disappointed [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Heads Out on Strike

By: Monday September 10, 2012 6:23 am

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) commenced their first education strike in a generation last ight, with 29,000 teachers and school personnel walking out and taking up picket lines. “Rahm says cut back, we say fight back,” picketers dressed in red T-shirts chanted this morning outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis [...]

Protesters Demonstrating in Front of Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Meeting in Chicago

By: Monday January 23, 2012 10:52 am

Protesters have gathered outside a meeting taking place in Chicago today between officials with the Obama Administration and some state Attorneys General or members of their staff, aimed at reaching agreement on a low-ball settlement with leading banks over foreclosure fraud.  The proposed settlement would give homeowners a pittance in exchange for a broad release [...]

The Selling of the World: Privatization Schemes Proliferate

By: Sunday June 26, 2011 1:18 pm

One of the more revealing elements of the Greek bailout discussions is not that the IMF and European finance ministers want another round of austerity from Greece before providing funding, and not even that banks are being urged to take haircuts or engage in restructuring to accommodate the Greeks. It’s that other element – privatization [...]