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Chicago teachers strike challenges corporate reform model of education

Strike!

For the best coverage on the strike this morning, go to Democracy Now’s coverage of the strike:

Striking Teachers, Parents Join Forces to Oppose “Corporate” Education Model in Chicago

Here are the specific stories on the strike:

More than 29,000 Chicago public school teachers and support staff have gone on strike today after union leaders failed to reach an agreement with the nation’s third-largest school district over educational reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It is the first teacher strike in Chicago in a quarter of a century. Unresolved issues include the cost of health benefits, the makeup of the teacher evaluation system and job security. Emanuel, who is President Obama’s former chief of staff, wants teacher evaluations tied to the standardized test results of students. We hear the voices of union leaders, teachers and parents on Chicago’s strike.

Chicago Public Teachers Stage Historic Strike in Clash With Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Education Reforms

To discuss the Chicago teachers’ strike, we’re joined by two guests: Phil Cantor, a teacher and strike captain at Chicago’s North Grand High School and member of Teachers for Social Justice; and Rhoda Rae Gutierrez, the mother of two public-school students in Chicago and a member of the grassroots group, Parents for Teachers.

Striking Teachers, Parents Join Forces to Oppose “Corporate” Education Model in Chicago

The showdown in Chicago — the nation’s third largest school district — pits teachers against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff. Emanuel remains a close ally to Obama, while many of the policies at issue in Chicago are being pushed on a national scale by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Chicago public schools chief. We’re joined by Pauline Lipman, professor of education and policy studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, director of the Collaborative for Equity and Justice in Education and member of Teachers for Social Justice.

Chicago Teachers Strike Could Portend Referendum on Obama Admin’s Approach to Education Reform

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Post Script:

For more detailed information about the strike, go to the Substance News article:

STRIKE! CPS fails to respond to educational proposals of Chicago Teachers Union, while Mayor Rahm Emanuel continues insults forcing first Chicago schools strike in 25 years

And this Reuters’ report:

Chicago teachers walking picket lines on Monday, in a strike that has closed schools across the city, are taking on not just their combative mayor but a powerful education reform movement that is transforming public schools across the United States.

One comment on “Chicago teachers strike challenges corporate reform model of education

  1. Carol Simmons
    September 10, 2012

    Hi Dora,

    Saw you on T.V. last evening.  Great job.  Thank you

    Carol

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