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Chicago Teachers’ Strike Poses Risks for Obama NYT: Some political analysts say the strike by Chicago teachers could open fissures between Obama supporters like unions and wealthy liberal donors who sometimes back causes that unions oppose.
Rahm Emanuel Walking A High Wire With Teachers NPR: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is negotiating with striking teachers, who are a key part of his — and the president's — constituency. Meanwhile, he's tasked with raising money for Priorities USA Action, the superPAC supporting President Obama. It seems that this election season, Emanuel has his hands full and his feet on a high wire.
Teachers Test Chicago Mayor's Mettle WSJ: Any settlement might require Mr. Emanuel, whose administration has already made numerous concessions, to compromise further on an issue that the mayor has made central to his tenure—how to overhaul public education.
Chicago Mayor’s Push to Add Charter Schools Hangs Over Teachers’ Strike NYT: In the Chicago teachers’ strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oft-cited goal of expanding charter schools is not officially on the table, but a union official called it “the elephant in the room.”
Strike highlights division on teacher evaluation AP: One of the key disagreements driving Chicago teachers to the picket lines this week is also a central component of President Barack Obama's education policy: evaluating instructors in part on how much their students improve.
As Chicago Teachers Strike, Students Are on the Loose and at Loose Ends NYT: Students could be found in contingency programs at schools, in churches and in costly day care centers. Some slept late, stayed home alone, then wandered their neighborhoods as if there were one more chapter of summer.
Head Of Chicago Teachers Union Rose The Ranks NPR: At the center of the Chicago teachers' strike are Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the head of the teachers' union, Karen Lewis. To learn more about Lewis and the relationship between the teachers' union and the mayor's office, Audie Cornish talks to Joel Hood, education reporter at the Chicago Tribune.
For Obama And Romney, Why It Matters In The Election AP: More than 8 in 10 Americans say education is an issue that is extremely or very important to them, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll this year. Only the economy ranked higher.
Back to school Friday? Progress reported in Chicago teacher talks ChicagoTribune: “We feel like we’re in a pretty good place, we’ve made a lot of progress today,” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said as she left contract talks shortly before midnight Wednesday.