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Topic - Karen Lewis
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis tore into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's kitchen cabinet Tuesday, blaming racism and "rich white people" for why the city's schools are in a fiscal crisis, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Just six months after a strike shut down city schools for more than a week, Chicago teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are embroiled in another bitter fight.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's budget decision to close 53 public schools and 61 buildings isn't going over so well with city residents and union activists.
By refusing to administer a district-mandated test to their students, teachers at a Seattle high school have sparked an "anti-testing movement" that is picking up steam by the day.
In the wake of the strike by the Chicago Teachers Union, many people wonder what the union is complaining about.
As they awaited a vote that could end Chicago's first teachers strike in 25 years, teachers were balancing their desire to get back to class with lingering doubts and questions about a proposed contract that could mean major changes to their pay and job security.
Chicago teachers uncomfortable with a tentative contract offer decided Sunday to remain on strike, insisting they first wanted to consult with their full membership before deciding whether to end an acrimonious standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel that will keep 350,000 students out of class for at least two more days.
After a weeklong strike over job security and evaluation procedures, it all comes down to this: Are Chicago teachers satisfied enough with a proposed contract deal that they will vote to end their walkout?
Negotiations between union and school officials in the nation's third-largest school district resumed Thursday with an air of optimism and signals that a teachers' strike could end soon.
The public teachers' strike that has halted classwork and upset family routines across Chicago ground into a third day Wednesday with some movement reported by union and school board negotiators but no sign of an imminent deal.
Negotiators were back behind closed doors Tuesday, the second day of Chicago's teachers strike, but publicly, the teachers union and school board couldn't even agree on whether they were close to a deal.
Rose Davis wasn't about to let her two young grandchildren walk alone through one of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods, even though they were going to a school kept open for students who needed a safe haven while teachers walked the picket line.
For the first time in a quarter-century, thousands of Chicago teachers walked off the job Monday, escalating a bitter contract dispute over evaluations, job security and other issues and forcing parents to scramble for somewhere to send idle children.
West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, federal health officials said Wednesday.
"There is nothing radical about me other than I want each and every student in Chicago to get the best education we have to offer–an equal education," she said, according to Substance News.
"Members of the status quo, the people who are running the schools and advising the mayor on how best to run our district, know what good education looks like because they have secured it for their own children in well-resourced public and private institutions," Ms. Lewis said Tuesday during a speech to the City Club of Chicago. "When will there be an honest conversation about poverty and racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of an education product in our school system? When will we address the effect that rich white people think they know what's in the best interest of children of African Americans and Latinos, no matter what the parents' income or education level?"