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CTU Strike Notebook 2: Misframing The Debate

By Steve Rhodes

"Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said he had thought until Monday that there had been progress toward a settlement, so that a teachers' strike that started Thursday would end on short order," CBS2 Chicago reports.

"But after Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a letter urging the Chicago Teachers Union to end its strike without a settlement, saying Chicago Public Schools students 'cannot afford to be out of school for any longer,' Sharkey said a quick settlement is no longer likely.

"'The mayor today has dashed our hopes for a quick settlement,' Sharkey said."

The media has accepted that formulation unquestioningly, but someone has to explain to me how a letter suggesting that negotiations continue while teachers return to their classrooms dashes hopes for a quick settlement.

"Early Monday morning, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said CTU and Chicago Public Schools could reach an agreement in 'a day or two,' but by the end of the day, the union's hopes were 'dashed' for a quick resolution as the day came to an end," the Sun-Times reports.

Someone has to explain to me how that letter materially set back the substance of negotiations. A simple rejection of the ask and continuation of talks would have done.

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Posted on October 22, 2019

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Posted on April 1, 2019

CTU Strike Notebook 2: Misframing The Debate

By Steve Rhodes
Circumstances have changed since 2012, but not the only way the media seems to know how to cover a strike.

Posted on October 22, 2019

CTU Strike Notebook 1: Everybody Is Bullshitting You

By Steve Rhodes
But some more than others.

Posted on October 19, 2019

Making Elite Colleges White Again

By Andre Perry/The Hechinger Report
Because they see some black students in selective college classrooms, some white people feel they are losing control - over admissions decisions as well as the narrative that they've achieved academic success purely through grit and self-motivation.

Posted on October 15, 2019

How To Know Which Impeachment Polls To Believe

By Michael Traugott/The Conversation
As with all polling, the results depend to some extent on who is polled, what they are asked and when.

Posted on October 14, 2019

How It's Playing In Russia

By Cynthia Hooper/The Conversation
They're calling it Ukrainegate.

Posted on October 11, 2019

Dear U.S.: Appointing A Torture Supporter To Lead Human Rights Policy Is A Horrifying Idea

By The World Organization Against Torture
As an official in the George W. Bush administration, and a member of what has been referred to as the "torture team," Marshall Billingslea showed a particular zeal in promoting interrogation methods amounting to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Posted on October 10, 2019

U.S. Airstrikes In May Killed At Least 39 Afghan Civilians, Including 14 Children

By The United Nations Assistance Mission In Afghanistan
USFOR-A assessed there were no civilian casualties resulting from the airstrikes. The United Nations understands that according to longstanding United States policy, economic objects that contribute to the war effort of a party to a conflict are considered legitimate military objectives.

Posted on October 9, 2019

'Early Decision' Is A Boon For Wealthy Families

By James Murphy/The Hechinger Report
The research on early-decision plans shows that the practice tends to provide a leg up to students who already own all the ladders.

Posted on October 8, 2019

The Massive Hypocrisy Of The 'America First' Uihleins Of Illinois

By Jake Pearson/ProPublica
Me first, it turns out.

Posted on October 7, 2019

IRS: Sorry, But It's Just Easier And Cheaper To Audit The Poor

By Paul Kiel/ProPublica
Congress asked the IRS to report on why it audits the poor more than the affluent. Its response is that it doesn't have enough money and people to audit the wealthy properly. So it's not going to.

Posted on October 3, 2019

The Laundromat

'Fun movie, dirty business.'

Posted on October 2, 2019

Why Is Climate Change Still Not Top Of The News Agenda?

By Steven Harkins/The Conversation
The most recent study into news values suggests that "bad news" and "magnitude" are two of the key elements in stories that become news. The extinction of much of the life on Earth certainly meets both of these criteria.

Posted on September 23, 2019

Rahm's Dirty Air

By The Office Of Inspector General
Our findings should be cause for assessment of the broader environmental protection enterprise in the aftermath of the dismemberment of DOE.

Posted on September 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court's Border Wall Fiasco

By Leah Litman and Kyle Skinner/Take Care
It is not just that the Court is siding, again and again, with Republicans and the Trump administration that causes us worry. It is that it does so on such specious grounds.

Posted on September 13, 2019

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