Education Reform Policies Foster, Rather than Attenuate, America’s Permanent Underclass

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:19 am

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the former chair of Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and now a professor at UC-Berkeley, had a pretty bold opinion piece in the New York Times the other day, relating income inequality and educational opportunity in ways that I found compelling. The United States is caught in a vicious cycle largely [...]

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 Votes to Suspend Strike

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 4:05 pm

The Chicago Teachers Union has agreed to suspend its seven-day strike and return to work. Classes will resume for more than 350,000 students on Wednesday. This does not mean they have agreed to the contract submitted by the Chicago Public Schools, only that they will complete the strike action, while reserving the right to walk [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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