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Wed Jun 6, 2012, 10:20 PM

Chicago Teacher Strike Vote Today

Chicago teachers are taking a strike vote today. While the vote will not necessarily lead to a strike, it is the next step required before a union-sanctioned and legal strike may begin. It is also likely to pass, as strike votes are generally preceded by straw polls to gauge membersí readiness for a strike.

A strike is also the necessary and correct next step for Chicago teachers, who are being required by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to work a 20% longer day for only 2% more in wages, according to ABC news. CPS also wants to bring in merit pay, larger class sizes and 60 new charter schools over the next five years, which would dramatically weaken the union as charter schools are rarely unionized.

The teachersí contract ends this month. The results of the vote are expected by the end of the week. If successful, a strike action could begin at the beginning of the fall, 2012 school year. The last major teachersí strike in Chicago was in 1987.

Modern School

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Thu Jun 7, 2012, 02:33 PM

1. Interesting tidbit from a story in Fight Back news -

re Rahm Emanuel's desire to increase class size all over Chicago:

Some kindergarten and primary classrooms around the city have over 40 students. Would you want your child in a classroom with over 40 students? With such overwhelming numbers, it is impossible to apply the best educational practices, such as differentiation and rigorous small group instruction.

With the Chicago Teachers Unionís proposal to lower the size of classrooms to 20 to 23 students in the primary grades, teachers will be able to provide high quality education that aligns with the class size numbers of other Illinois districts.

These low class sizes are supported at the Lab School where Board member Penny Pritzker and Mayor Rahm Emaneulís children attend. At the Lab School, the average class size is 18 students, drastically lower than the 40 students in some CPS schools. On the Lab Schoolís website, director David W. Magill concludes, ĎWhen planned thoughtfully and funded adequately, long-term exposure to small class sizes in the early grades generates substantial advantages for students in American Schools.í The students of CPS deserve the same quality education that Rahm Emanuel and Penny Pritzkerís children are receiving.


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Thu Jun 7, 2012, 09:48 PM

2. they will likely vote yes. good luck to them.

i watched karen lewis' speech at the big rally they had. i was glad to see her call out the loss of paraprofessionals in the schools. they have been slashed. i agreed with pretty much every thing she said, although i have my quibbles about how some of it plays out on the ground.
she had the crowd fired up. it looked to me like there was a lot of support.
either way, there will be shake ups. teachers appear to be retiring in droves. 11 at the neighborhood (large) school.
should be interesting.

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