Here's the deal on the deal (updated)09/19/2012
Revised from our 9/18 post since we've nailed down more details...
We've thought a lot about the strike in Chicago over the last nine days. Today we took some time to look at the details of the contract and the sum of their parts. Is it good for kids? Does it move the district in the right direction?
From our perspective, the proposed contract can be summed up as generally moving the district in the right direction--mostly steps forward but a step back here and there. It does keep pace with national reforms. On balance it is more positive than negative. Some of the most positive changes like the longer school day predate the contract and are a result of state law or previous negotiations.
There are three major unknowns that will determine how much this contract advances reform in Chicago:
-- Kate Walsh and Nancy Waymack
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