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9/16/2012 4:17:18 PM
After a weeklong strike over job security and evaluation procedures, it all comes down to this: Are Chicago teachers satisfied enough with a proposed contract deal that they will vote to end their walkout?
9/16/2012 1:43:01 PM
Thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers and their allies packed a city park Saturday in a boisterous show of force as union leaders and the district tried to work out the details of an agreement that could end a week-long walkout.
9/16/2012 12:33:41 PM
Chicago Teachers Union delegates will meet Sunday to review a proposed contract and vote on whether to suspend a week-old strike.
9/16/2012 10:55:55 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thousands of striking Chicago teachers rallied on Saturday to keep the pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to wrap up an agreement with their union to end a strike that closed the nation's third largest school district for a week. The rally brought labor leaders, community activists and striking teachers to Chicago's Union Park for one of the largest demonstrations against Emanuel's education reforms since the strike began on Monday. ...
9/16/2012 5:59:53 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Striking Chicago teachers fear that once they approve a new contract with the school district and end their strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will go ahead with dozens of school closings because of falling enrollment and poor academic performance. The closing of schools and what happens to the teachers working in them has been a major issue in the bitter dispute, even though the disagreement over evaluating teachers based on standardized test results of their students has received more attention. ...
9/16/2012 1:26:57 AM
Union members from as far away as Boston were expected to flock to Chicago on Saturday to rally and march in solidarity with teachers as a week-long strike that steamrolled the city inched closer to a resolution.
9/16/2012 1:26:35 AM
Union leaders representing thousands of striking Chicago public school teachers returned to the negotiating table Saturday with the school district to work out the details of a deal to end a week-long walkout in one of the nation's largest districts.
9/15/2012 6:22:42 PM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thousands of striking Chicago teachers will march again on Saturday to keep the pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to wrap up an agreement with their union so they can end a strike that has closed the nation's third largest school district for a week. The "Standing Strong with Chicago Teachers Rally" could be the largest demonstration against Emanuel's education reforms since the strike began in Chicago on September 10. Labor union supporters from neighboring states are expected to converge on Chicago to join many of the 29,000 union teachers and support staff in the march. ...
9/15/2012 4:47:21 PM
Negotiators seeking an end to Chicago's teachers strike sound more hopeful than they have in weeks, announcing they have achieved a "framework" that could bring students back to the classroom by Monday.
9/15/2012 7:22:41 AM
Deandre Welch understands how a teachers strike might cause him to miss a few high school football practices and even a scheduled game. But the senior wide receiver certainly didn't think the walkout would threaten his plans to pay for college.
9/15/2012 7:21:35 AM
CHICAGO (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. ...
9/15/2012 6:14:39 AM
Controversy over voter registration and ID laws typically centers on whether they disenfranchise poor and minority voters. Here in New Hampshire, a change in voter registration forms is facing a court challenge because of the hurdles it presents to college students.
9/15/2012 5:46:05 AM
An advocacy group known for criticizing the excesses of "union bosses" claims the Chicago Tribune violated its free-speech rights by rejecting an ad targeting the Chicago Teachers Union.
9/15/2012 4:05:36 AM
(Reuters) - The Chicago teachers strike, which appeared headed toward a resolution Friday, has underscored a fundamental split over the biggest issue confronting America's public schools: how to provide a decent education to children mired in poverty. Across the U.S., poverty is irrefutably linked to poor academic performance. On last year's national reading exam, nine-year-olds from low-income families scored nearly three full grade levels below their wealthier peers. The gap was nearly as large in math. The poor performance of poor students accounts for all of the achievement gap between ...
9/15/2012 3:39:27 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago school board President David Vitale said on Friday that school negotiators had reached a "framework" agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union on a new contract that will end a strike in the America's third-largest school district. The strike by 29,000 public school teachers and staff has affected more than 350,000 kindergarten, elementary and high school students. It has also caused a damaging confrontation between former Democratic Congressman and top White House aide Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the labor movement. (Reporting By Greg McCune and Karen Pierog. ...
9/15/2012 3:39:00 AM
It was just after dismissal on the first day of school, and Miss S was straightening the desks in her now-quiet classroom. The door creaked as I entered to introduce myself as her New Teacher Center mentor. Miss S turned at the noise, facing me with puffy red eyes and a tear-stained face. Her first day had not gone well. She was already wondering how she was going to face tomorrow.
9/15/2012 2:40:39 AM
James Yoakley knew he would be courting outrage when he approved a student-authored article about the pupil's atheism. As a teacher at Lenoir City High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, he wasn't exactly in a hotbed of progressive religious tolerance.
9/14/2012 8:44:07 PM
Karen Lewis speaks to roaring crowds with a preacher's cadence and the righteous wave of a pointed finger.
9/14/2012 2:50:04 PM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago public school students will stay out of class for a fifth day on Friday, after the teachers union and the nation's third-largest school district negotiated long into the night on reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel without reaching a deal. The strike by 29,000 public school teachers and support staff, affecting 350,000 kindergarten, elementary and high school students, is the biggest private or public labor dispute in the United States in a year. ...
9/14/2012 9:56:01 AM
The city's public schools will stay closed for at least one more day, but leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district kept talking Thursday, with both sides saying they were drawing closer to a deal to end the nearly weeklong strike.
9/14/2012 8:06:46 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel received far more money in campaign donations from wealthy financiers and entrepreneurs backing school reform than from unions, leaving him freer to confront the city's teachers than some fellow Democrats, an examination of donations to his 2011 campaign shows. The city's 29,000 teachers have been on strike since Monday, halting classes in the country's third-largest school district, over contract negotiations that are snagged on job security and Emanuel's plan to rate teachers based on students' standardized test scores. ...
9/14/2012 7:54:39 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Teachers Union and the nation's third-largest school district were close to a deal on Thursday to end a four-day strike over education reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but school will not be open on Friday. "We are optimistic, but we are still hammering things out. Schools will not open Friday," union president Karen Lewis said. Lewis, a former high school chemistry teacher, said the union House of Delegates will meet at 2 p.m. local time Friday (3 p.m. EDT) to provide an update on the talks. ...
9/14/2012 7:18:47 AM
GOLDEN, Colo. - President Obama today credited an affordable college education with helping a "mixed kid from Hawaii" and a "little black girl from the South Side of Chicago" make history in the White House. "Education was a gateway of opportunity for me," Obama told...
9/14/2012 6:45:53 AM
The city's public schools will stay closed for at least one more day, but leaders of the teachers union and the school district kept talking Thursday, with both sides saying they hoped to complete a deal soon to end the nearly weeklong strike.
9/14/2012 5:43:22 AM
9/14/2012 5:40:00 AM
COMMENTARY | I do not have children in the Chicago Public School system, but that doesn't mean I, like thousands of other Chicagoans, don't care about the city's second teachers strike in 25 years. The teachers strike affects us all, from the teachers on the picket line to the students forced to stay home to the companies scrambling to make due without their parents.
9/14/2012 4:59:34 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - With a Chicago Public School teachers strike in its fourth day on Thursday, some parents are looking into possible alternatives including charter or private schools. "We're seeing some uptick in inquiries," said Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Archdiocese of Chicago. UNO Charter School Network, which runs non-union, publicly-funded schools, has taken in 30 new students since the strike by 29,000 public school teachers was announced, according to CEO Juan Rangel of the United Neighborhood Organization, a Latino community group. ...
9/14/2012 2:42:00 AM
The Chicago teachers' strike could have political implications this election season even if it ends soon.
9/13/2012 11:32:44 PM
Most schools and some universities have been closed after teachers across the country went on a one-day strike to demand higher pay.
9/13/2012 10:27:35 PM
BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Thousands of Slovak teachers walked out on Thursday in their biggest strike in almost a decade to demand a 10 percent wage hike, posing a challenge to government efforts to cut spending this year and next. Officials from the Trade Union of Workers in Education and Science of Slovakia said between 80 and 90 percent of primary and high schools and 30 percent of universities shut their doors as a result of the strike, the largest since 2003. ...
9/13/2012 9:59:02 PM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Karen Lewis, the fiery, frumpy former teacher leading striking Chicago teachers, has carefully built support for her cause of challenging education orthodoxy through community organizing in poor neighborhoods of the inner city. Critics call her a throwback to the blustering, confrontational union bosses of the past. School district and union officials have said she was spoiling for a bare-knuckled fight in a town with a long history of union activism. ...
9/13/2012 8:00:41 PM
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:
9/13/2012 7:26:29 AM
She's brash and blunt, a union leader known for her tart tongue and flip one-liners often aimed at Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a bitter contract dispute regarded as a referendum on the future of Chicago schools.
9/13/2012 6:57:00 AM
COMMENTARY | As the stand off between Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) enters its third day, contract negotiations focus on two key points: recalling teachers, who lose their jobs due to circumstances beyond their control, and doing away with teacher performance evaluations.
9/13/2012 6:28:51 AM
With the Chicago teacher's strike entering its third day, both sides appear determined to settle matters behind closed doors and not in a courtroom, even though the city has authority to take the fight there – though at significant political risk, legal experts say.
9/13/2012 5:09:56 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago teachers stayed away from public schools for a third day on Wednesday in a strike over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's demand for tough teacher evaluations that U.S. education reform advocates see as crucial to fixing urban schools. With more than 350,000 children from kindergarten to high school out of school, the patience of parents and labor negotiators began to fray as hopes of a quick resolution to the biggest U.S. labor strike in a year were dashed. One of Emanuel's negotiators, Barbara Byrd Bennett, said the two sides had not even met by early afternoon on Wednesday. ...
9/13/2012 2:59:22 AM
The public teachers' strike that has halted classwork and upset family routines across Chicago ground into a third day Wednesday with some movement reported by union and school board negotiators but no sign of an imminent deal.
9/13/2012 1:59:53 AM
The Boston Teachers Union and the city have reached a tentative contract agreement after more than two years of negotiations.
9/13/2012 12:26:10 AM
Take a deep breath and try to relax. This won't be as bad as you think. That goes for parents as well as students. Finding the college that's best for you is an education in itself. It's a journey--physical, intellectual, and emotional--that will help you learn about yourself and your family, as well as that scary but necessary American subculture we call higher education.
9/12/2012 11:38:27 PM
There are many reasons middle-class Americans feel squeezed right now: The high unemployment rate (8.1 percent), rising cost of college tuition, or the fact that close to one-third of homeowners are underwater. But it's a combination of three other factors that led the Pew Research Center to label the 2000s a "lost decade" for the middle-class: declining household income, shrinking net worth, and a smaller middle class.
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