Here's the deal on the deal (updated)

Here's NCTQ's take on the deal that ended (or suspended, to use the union's term) the strike in Chicago. Today I happened to be sitting next to Gene Glass and mentioned the longer school year. Apparently that was something he researched some time ago and really did not find much if any association between lengthening the school year and increased learning, although we both agreed it would be nice if things were indeed that simple.