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by Matthew Blake
5:12pm
Mon Oct 15, 2012

Ravitch Says CTU Strike Was Galvanizing Moment For Teachers

Diane Ravitch, who was assistant secretary of education under George H.W. Bush and then became a national spokeswoman against the so-called education reform movement, says that Chicago has taken the lead on education reform – and the revolt against such policies.

Now a professor at New York University, Ravitch told reporters at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters Monday that the strike gave “vicarious exhilaration” to teachers across the nation that were “beaten down” by evaluations based on standardized tests and charter schools.

Ravitch says Chicago is distinctive on education issues because of a “more militant” teachers' union, noting that in much of the south, west and now to an extent in northern states such as Wisconsin, “Teacher collective bargaining rights are eliminated.”

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
5:53pm
Mon Sep 17, 2012

Quinn Sits Out On Chicago Teachers' Strike

With the Chicago Teachers Union strike spilling into its second week, Gov. Pat Quinn skipped across state lines today for a meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association in Minneapolis. The meeting involved Japanese business leaders “strengthening economic ties to Illinois,” according to a press release.

Despite signing into law major education bills integral to the labor standoff, Quinn has been on the sidelines for the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years. Asked last week what the governor thought of the dispute, Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson e-mailed that, “We want the parties to negotiate in good faith and reach a resolution quickly that puts the students first.”

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
5:43pm
Fri Sep 14, 2012

Some National Implications Of The CTU Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union strike could have a national impact in at least two key ways. It could reshape an increasingly confrontational relationship between elected officials and public employees. And the walkout could alter education policy, either disrupting the movement toward charter schools and test-based teacher evaluations – or ending concerted opposition to these programs.

Quick Hit
by Brandon Campbell
12:12pm
Fri Sep 14, 2012

Day 4 Of CTU Strike Targets Pritzker, Use Of TIF Funds

A thread of optimism ran through Thursday, the fourth day of the Chicago teachers’ strike, as both the union and the school board hinted that a deal could be reached by Friday, with a possibility of children heading back to school as early as Monday.

That optimism also extended to yet another downtown rally that brought an estimated 3,000 picketing teachers and supporters outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 151 E. Wacker late Thursday afternoon.

Later, the group, lead by a marching band from Morgan Park High School, rallied at a park near Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue.

There, speakers railed against Chicago School Board member Penny Pritzker, who they say received $5.2 million in TIF – tax increment financing – dollars for a Hyde Park Hotel. The Pritzker family owns the Hyatt Hotel chain. Recently, a group of Chicago teachers called for Penny Pritzker to step down from the school board.

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