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9/18/2012 6:57:01 AM
An angry Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appeal to the courts to end a six-day teachers strike in the nation's third largest city set off a new round of recriminations Monday, but did little to end a walkout that has left parents scrambling and kept 350,000 students out of class.
9/18/2012 6:55:24 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago judge said he will not act until at least Wednesday on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request to block a teacher's strike and the union accused the mayor of a "vindictive act" as the walkout moved into a second week. Emanuel's lawyers went to court on Monday seeking an injunction to have the strike declared illegal under state law. Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn set a hearing on the request for Wednesday morning, according to Chicago Public Schools. ...
9/18/2012 6:27:00 AM
In the new Maggie Gyllenhaal/Viola Davis film Won't Back Down, two mothers, one a teacher, weave through the maze of education bureaucracy to take over a failing inner-city school in Pittsburgh, Penn.
9/18/2012 5:29:07 AM
By turning to the courts to try to end the Chicago teachers strike, now in its second week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is taking a calculated risk that the public will be on his side and that the move won't actually slow the resolution of the city's battle with the union.
9/18/2012 5:27:23 AM
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A bomb scare prompted authorities to evacuate Louisiana State University and place four nearby public schools under lockdown on Monday while police with sniffer dogs investigated. A caller telephoned the threat to the East Baton Rouge Parish emergency center at 10:32 a.m. (1532 GMT) and the center relayed the information to campus police, said University spokesman Ernie Ballard. University Chancellor William Jenkins made the decision to evacuate the campus, and LSU alerted students, faculty and staff via text message at about 11:30 a.m. (1630 GMT), Ballard said. ...
9/18/2012 5:21:35 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appeal to the courts to end a six-day Chicago teachers strike set off a new round of recriminations Monday but did not appear to be leading to a quick resolution of the walkout that has left parents hunting for options for 350,000 students.
9/18/2012 4:27:08 AM
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $17 million in grants to some Mississippi schools.
9/17/2012 11:40:17 PM
CHICAGO - Chicago's mayor turned to the courts Monday to try to end a teachers' strike in the nation's third-largest school district that entered its second week.
9/17/2012 11:20:10 PM
The Chicago teachers' strike, which entered its second week Monday, puts Mayor Rahm Emanuel's education reform priorities squarely at odds with a base that is critical to the re-election of his former boss, President Barack Obama.
9/17/2012 10:11:44 PM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to the courts to try to put an end to a teachers strike that's entering its second week and has left parents scrambling to make alternative child care arrangements for at least two more days.
9/17/2012 3:16:53 PM
Chicago teachers will resume walking picket lines on Monday after their union's delegates delayed a decision on whether to suspend their week-old strike. A proposed contract includes revised job security measures and revamped teacher evaluations. A breakdown of the issues on the table:
9/17/2012 12:03:16 PM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised the political stakes on Sunday in a fight with unionized teachers by requesting a court injunction to end a weeklong strike affecting 350,000 public school students, analysts said. "One of the problems for Emanuel is he is alienating all the unions, not just the teachers, but the police, the firefighters," said University of Illinois political science professor Dick Simpson. "That may hurt long-term." The confrontation between the union and Emanuel, a former top aide to President Barack Obama, has boosted the weakened U.S. ...
9/17/2012 12:00:04 PM
The July 30 commentary from Scott Warren, Iris Chen, and Eric Schwarz – "US democracy at risk unless students learn civics" – should be required reading by every state legislator.
9/17/2012 10:06:11 AM
Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they need more time before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will keep 350,000 students out of class for at least two more days.
9/17/2012 8:27:16 AM
The Chicago teachers union decided Sunday to continue its weeklong strike, extending an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over teacher evaluations and job security provisions central to the debate over the future of public education across the United States.
9/17/2012 8:21:41 AM
9/17/2012 7:44:39 AM
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union delegates decided on Sunday to extend their weeklong strike until at least Wednesday to give them time to consult with rank-and-file members before voting to suspend the walkout. In a surprise decision, union President Karen Lewis said that some 800 delegates meeting on Sunday to review a new contract agreement negotiated with Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided that they needed more time to consider whether to go back to work. "A clear majority (of the delegates) wanted to stay out. ...
9/17/2012 6:45:40 AM
Teachers in the nation's third-largest school district met late Sunday for a crucial vote that could end their weeklong strike, as parents and city officials alike waited for the news that could return 350,000 students to classrooms as soon as Monday morning.
9/17/2012 4:14:07 AM
(Reuters) - Chicago Teachers Union delegates vote on Sunday whether to call off a weeklong strike and allow schools to reopen on Monday. Here are details of the new contract, according to a statement from the union: * Teachers get a 3 percent raise this year, 2 percent in the second and third years, and could extend the contract to a fourth year by mutual agreement with a 3 percent raise. The new contract also preserves some automatic pay rises or "step" increases based on experience. ...
9/16/2012 8:50:43 PM
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 6:47:59 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 has closed the nation's third largest school district for a week. The rally brought labor leaders, community activists and thousands of 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. ...
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