Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:50am IST
* Deal could end strike in time to resume school on Monday
* Union group to meet Sunday to vote whether to suspend strike
* Emanuel forced to retreat on sweeping school reforms
By Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune
CHICAGO, Sept 14 (Reuters) – A week-long confrontation between Chicago public school teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved toward resolution on Friday as the two sides reached a tentative agreement that could end a five-day strike and clear the way for classes to resume on Monday in the third-largest U.S. school district.
More than 350,000 Chicago students have been out of school since the beginning of the week after some 29,000 Chicago teachers and support staff walked off the job over Emanuel’s education reforms.
Negotiators announced that they had reached an agreement in principle on all issues. Talks were set to continue through the weekend to put the tentative accord into legal language so core teachers union activists could see it on Sunday, they said. Continue reading “UPDATE 4-Chicago mayor, teachers move to end strike”
A family waves at a large group of public school teachers
as they march on streets surrounding John Marshall Metropolitan High School
on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in West Chicago
. Teachers walked off the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over issues that include pay raises, classroom conditions, job security
and teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)
CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union president says a deal to end the city’s first teachers’ strike in 25 years is close, but she’s pushed back her timeline a bit.
Just hours after predicting students could be back in class by Friday, Karen Lewis said it might be Monday instead. She spoke to reporters Thursday morning on her way into negotiations.
Negotiators say they made substantial progress the night before. Lewis says signing off on a final proposal would require a meeting by union delegates and that could take some time. Continue reading “Chicago Teacher Strike Stretches To Fourth Day, Negotiations Continue (PHOTOS, LIVE UPDATES)”
CHICAGO — Educators in Los Angeles just signed a new deal with the city’s school district. So, too, did teachers in Boston. Both require performance evaluations based in part on how well students succeed, a system that’s making its debut in Cleveland.
So what’s the problem in Chicago, where 25,000 teachers in the nation’s third-largest district have responded to an impatient mayor’s demand that teacher evaluations be tied to student performance by walking off the job for the first time in 25 years?
To start, while Chicago’s teachers have drawn the hardest line in recent memory against using student test scores to rate teacher performance, contract agreements in other cities – including those reached this week in Boston and Los Angeles – have hardly come quickly or with ease. They were often signed grudgingly, at the direction of a court or following negotiations that took years. And mayors and school officials have also won over reluctant teachers by promising to first launch pilot projects aimed at proving a concept many believe is inherently unfair.
“It has been a very tough issue across the country,” said Rob Weil, a director at the American Federation of Teachers, one of the nation’s two largest teachers’ unions. “Teachers in many places believe that they see administrations and state legislatures creating language and policies that’s nothing more than a mousetrap.” Continue reading “Teacher evaluations at center of Chicago strike”
The Associated Press | September 13, 2012 07:57 AM EST |
As Chicago teachers walk the picket lines, their union and the city’s school district resumed negotiating a new contract that includes bigger salaries, more benefits, revised job security measures and revamped teacher evaluations. Thursday is the fourth day of the strike. Here is a breakdown of the issues on the table:
TEACHER EVALUATIONS: The union is particularly concerned about a new teacher evaluation system, arguing it would be unfair because it relies too heavily on students’ standardized test scores and does not take into account external factors that affect performance, including poverty, violence and homelessness. They argue it could result in 6,000 teachers losing their jobs within two years. The district says the union already agreed to the new evaluation system, but it has offered to make adjustments. Continue reading “Contract issues in the Chicago teachers strike”