Tag: Chicago teacher’s strike

Turns Out Karen Lewis and Bruce Rauner Have a Lot in Common

Yesterday at a City Club of Chicago luncheon, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis equated Governor Bruce Rauner with Islamic State terrorists. She suggested that his behavior is equivalent to “acts of terror on poor and working-class people.” That’s a very harsh comment. Even if it is being directed at a governor who seems content to watch the lives of…

Is There A Double Standard in CTU Contract Negotiations?

Yesterday the Chicago Teachers Union roundly rejected a contract offer from the Chicago Public Schools.  The offer was described by CPS CEO Forrest Claypool as containing “a short-term sacrifice” in return for overall pay increases and other concessions.  The CTU said that Claypool’s “short-term sacrifice” would amount to “long-term pain” for the teachers they represent. I’m not sure the district…

Dear Chicago Teacher’s Union: Put Children First

I am a proud Chicago Public Schools parent. Like many Chicago parents, I mostly like what I see happening in my child’s school. My daughter is a good student and has the support of caring teachers and a principal who is trying new things. But like many Chicago parents, I’m frustrated by the political and financial problems that now threaten…

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