Sweeping School Reform Bill Moves Forward

May 26, 2011  |  

(Chicago News Cooperative) — An overhaul of teacher tenure and strike rules sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and education reform advocates stayed on track Wednesday, following a hearing in Springfield to address lingering concerns.  Clean-up language to Illinois Senate Bill 7 passed the Senate Education Committee and is headed back to both chambers for a vote before Tuesday’s adjournment deadline.  Despite helping write the bill, the Chicago Teachers Union strongly objected to parts of the final legislation, calling the language regulating teacher strikes an “atomic bomb.” CTU President Karen Lewis later said the bill’s language twisted the union’s intent, and those objections prompted another round of meetings between stakeholders.

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