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Chicago teachers strike on issues that resonate with Florida educators



The big breaking news in education for Monday is the teachers strike in Chicago.

As the Huffington Post reports, the major points of contention center on the movement "known as education reform" as pushed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

"Emanuel wanted principals to have more autonomy over hiring; he wanted teachers to be evaluated more stringently; he wanted to encourage the growth of charter schools; but, above all, he wanted Chicago to have a longer school day. So he trotted out research and Stand's talking points showing that Chicago's schools have the shortest days in the nation, and sought to implement the teacher-evaluation law -- which contained a special provision that allowed him to lengthen the school day. But when trying to negotiate the specifics of that extension with the union, trouble arose."

We've heard from several Florida educators who have noted pointedly that the strike is about issues that have played out here in Florida, too -- things they protested in Senate Bill 6 and defeated with a Charlie Crist veto, then protested and lost under Rick Scott's decision to sign Senate Bill 736 into law.

Florida bans teacher strikes. Otherwise, who knows what the reaction might have been here.

Here are some links to other stories:

Chicago teachers strike updates from the Chicago Tribune

Chicago teachers strike for the first time in 25 years, Chicago Sun Times

Chicago teachers go on strike, Wall Street Journal

No school for 350,000 students as Chicago teachers strike, NBC News

Behind the Chicago teachers strike: Why talks must be made public, Time Magazine

[Last modified: Monday, September 10, 2012 4:05pm]


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