Karen Lewis and the Chicago Teachers Union have gone on strike today after negotiations between the union and the mayor broke down.
Apparently one of the major sticking points is using high stakes standardized test scores to evaluate teachers - or, as my friend NYC Educator calls it, "junk science."
Now there's an excellent reason to strike!
Of course, here in NYC not only does the United Federation of Teachers agree to the use of high stakes standardized test scores to evaluate teachers, they champion it and attack anybody who points out its "junk science".
So for those of you keeping score at home - CTU goes on strike to battle the use of high stakes standardized test scores in evaluations; the UFT agrees to high stakes standardized test scores as part of teacher evaluations and battles anybody who says that's a bad idea.
CTU - a union that actually works to protect members.
The UFT - a company union that works to protect the mayor and his interests.