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Chicago Teachers Strike Roundup, Pt. 6

The negotiations over teacher evaluations are a game of inches; Chicago teachers do better than their suburban counterparts early on, but top out lower; plenty of blame going to both Rahm Emanuel and Karen Lewis; and the labor rift within the Democratic party.

Chicago Teachers Strike Roundup, Pt. 5

The end is nigh, but not soon enough to have class this week; how far and which way each side has moved during the negotiations; the specter of vouchers; the balance of teacher negotiations; and more

A Primer on the Chicago Teachers Strike

The CTU strike represents an important battle not just with the Chicago Public Schools and City Hall, but between unions and the school-reform movement as well. It’s trench warfare fought bullet-point by bullet-point.

Chicago's Parent-Flight Problem

Compared to other major cities, Chicago does a pretty good job of attracting college-educated residents. When they get married and have kids, however, the city has a problem keeping them in the school system.

The Latest Chicago Public Schools Skirmish: Elected School Board

Chicago is unusual among school districts nationwide for its appointed school board, but less so among urban districts, where school board elections can be expensive and politicized. After an experiment with a hybrid model led to full mayoral control in 1995, there’s increased interest, including from some aldermen, in trying again.

A Case for Longer School Days?

Former Obama advisor Peter Orszag makes the case that all schools should dump the 3 PM school day, as Chicago is moving towards. But when Houston lengthened their school day, the biggest improvements came not just from more time, but more tutors.