Chicago teachers suspend strike, classes to resume
Chicago teachers union officials voted to end a strike that halted classes for 350,000 students in the nation’s third-largest district and illustrated the bitter national struggle over changing how teachers are evaluated, hired and fired.
Classes are expected to resume Wednesday, city officials said, bringing a close to the seven-day strike. Tuesday’s vote by the union’s governing board came days after the city and the teachers union reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract. The union’s full membership must now ratify that deal in a vote that union leaders said would come within the next couple of weeks.
Source:The Wall Street Journal
Rahm Emanuel deems Chicago teachers strike “illegal”
The Chicago Teachers Union extended its strike into a second week on Sunday, after significant divisions emerged among union delegates over a deal that only a day before had been described by the union’s leader as “a good contract”.
The announcement came after nearly 800 union representatives, the House of Delegates, convened for several hours to decide whether to end a strike that has drawn national attention in the debate over teacher evaluations, job security and the length of a school day.
Source:The New York Times
Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese opposition leader, embarks on historic U.S. trip
Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy campaigner who was elected to the Burmese parliament earlier this year, flew out of Yangon on Sunday ahead of her first visit to the U.S. in two decades.
Obama honours officials killed in Libya who “embraced the American ideal”
Barack Obama marked the return of the bodies of four state department officials killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, including the ambassador to Libya, by saying their deaths must cause even the most hopeful to question a fundamental American belief in leaving the world a better place.
Prince William, Kate to sue French magazine over topless photographs
French magazine ‘Closer’ unleashed a new media tornado on Britain’s royal family with a five-page splash of photos showing the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless in the south of France.
‘Closer’, a weekly round-up of celebrity gossip, ran a dozen shots of the Duchess, Kate Middleton, as she slipped off her bikini top, relaxed on a sun lounger and at one point pulled down the back of her bikini bottoms as William rubbed sun cream on her.
Anonymous’ spokesman Barrett Brown raided by FBI during Tinychat session (VIDEO)
The self-proclaimed “face” of the hacktivst group ‘Anonymous,’ Barrett Brown, was arrested in Dallas overnight, according to Dallas Sheriff spokeswoman, Carmen Castro. He was later transported to an “undisclosed FBI facility,” she added.
Fed undertakes QE3 with $40 billion in M-BS purchases a month
The Federal Reserve said it will expand its holdings of long-term securities with open-ended purchases of $40 billion of mortgage debt a month in a third round of quantitative easing as it seeks to boost growth and reduce unemployment.