AM News: "Rumblings of Resolution" For Chicago Strike
Strike Talks In Chicago Move Toward End Game AP: Contract talks pushed on for more than 15 hours Thursday with little word of progress until negotiators called it quits close to 1 a.m. Friday. Chicago School Board President David Vitale said the two sides had worked past the contentious evaluations issue, though he didn't elaborate, and had begun crunching numbers on financial matters.
Deal Near in Chicago Strike WSJ Key to a possible agreement, both sides said, was progress on how to evaluate teachers and fire low-performing ones—issues at the center of the national debate over improving public schools.
Fresh Hopes for End to Chicago Teacher Strike by Weekend NYT: When asked whether a deal could be brokered in time for a resumption of school next week, Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said: "I'm praying, praying, praying. I'm on my knees for that. Please, yes, I'm hoping for Monday."
Chicago Strike Enters Day Four With Rumblings of Resolution EdWeek: "We're hoping we can tighten up some of the things we talked about yesterday. . .and get this thing done," Lewis told reporters. Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief education officer with Chicago Public Schools, was equally confident of a deal today but said she still thinks kids could be back...
Teacher Evaluation Dispute Echoes Beyond Chicago NPR: Just the fact that there's a growing discussion around teacher evaluations is a huge leap for the education industry. Historically, reviews have been haphazard, ranging from nonexistent to an annual classroom visit from the principal — often referred to as the "drive-by."