Wins, Losses and Draws in Teacher Strike

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Thursday, September 20, 2012

It's a "half a loaf" kind of day in Chicago.

As schools reopened Wednesday -- the day after teachers union representatives voted to suspend their eight-day strike -- union leaders, city officials and even students could all claim a few wins and admit a few losses after a bruising battle that had both sides hurling insults like pro wrestlers.

Teachers were happy to secure concessions limiting a school reform program that they said would harm students and cost teachers jobs.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel walked away with a teacher evaluation system and other changes that he says will make educators more accountable. And there was even an upside for the 350,000 Chicago kids who had to go back to school after an unexpected eight-day holiday.

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