Austin students go back to school

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Students in Austin and across the city returned to school today with the end of the strike that halted classes for more than a week.

Chicago gained national attention when teachers formed picket lines Sept. 10, leaving parents and students looking for day-time alternatives during the seven-day walkout that ended Tuesday.

West Side advocate Dwayne Truss told Austin Weekly News reporter Loretta A. Ragsdell he’s troubled by the teacher evaluation provision in the new contract that suspended the strike. He said he’s concerned that tying teacher evaluations to students’ standardized test scores could push away quality teachers at troubled schools in neighborhoods like Austin.

“How are we going to keep or attract teachers when you say test scores are going to be part of the mix?” he said.

Click here to read the rest of story by the Austin Weekly News.

Cover photo by Dwayne Truss taken at the Sept. 12 rally at Marshall High School.




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