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Chicago Teachers Union Sellout

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Contract terms are agreed on. A tentative deal was struck. A City Hall source said school officials and union bosses reached a "framework with all points resolved." 

Lewis revealed her duplicity. She's "very comfortable" with terms. "We think it's a framework that will get us to an agreement." She didn't explain what's in it, and most important what's not.

"Creative thinking" was involved, she claimed. "They thought about some stuff, and we thought about some stuff."

Education isn't "stuff." It's teaching, learning, and preparing kids effectively to move on for more of the same through graduation.

CTU attorney Robert Block said union officials will recommend the deal to members. He expects House of Delegates approval Sunday.

He and Lewis didn't explain why terms are withheld. CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey spilled the beans, saying:

"If our membership looks at a detailed summary of an entire contract and rejects it, then we are still on strike."

In other words, they'll reveal sellout. A bad deal no one should approve will be scuttled. Union bosses want sugar-coating cover. They want defeat looking like victory. Hopefully rank and file members will act in time to stop them.

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School board president David Vitale was upbeat. "The heavy lifting is over," he said. "The general framework is in place. My message (to parents) is they should be prepared to have their kids in school on Monday."

His comments and body language alone show Emanuel got what he wanted. It's at the expense of teachers, parents, and kids. He confirmed it saying the deal is "an honest and principled compromise that is about who we all work for: our students."

He doesn't give a damn about students, teachers, and all ordinary Chicagoans. He represents money and power interests. What benefits them harms others.

"It's a deal," headlined a Tribune editorial, saying:

Parents "no doubt cheered the news." Wait 'till they find out what they got and see their reaction. Wait 'till teachers and student learn they were sold out.

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"Schools will open Monday," said the Tribune. "That's all most parents will care to know." Did Emanuel really get the "reform" he wanted, it asked? Will public education destruction continue unabated? Will marketplace rules replace it?

Can teachers be fired or laid off freely? Will seniority rights no longer matter? Will principals have diktat authority? Will teaching to the test still be policy? Will teacher evaluations depend on prioritizing it over learning and good education? It looks certain on all counts and more.

The Tribune seems almost sanguine about dozens of planned school closures, consolidations, and parents left scrambling over where to send their kids when nearby schools close.

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