Tag: ctu

Facts about Chicago teachers' pensions

As the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) continues to mobilize a political effort to takeover Chicago’s government, the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (CTPF) continues to run dry from neglect and unrealistic expectations. According to a recent analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute, the CTPF’s five-year investment return has been exactly 0 percent. This is bad news for... Read more »

CTU's hypocrisy on Chicago school accountability

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) today links to a press release from the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) on the news several INCS schools could be closed through new Chicago Public Schools actions: CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today the Chicago Board of Education announced that six charter public schools would be placed on “Academic Watch” – Ace Tech,... Read more »

CTU Strike Ends...And You Had No Say In Any Of It

Just remember as word of the CTU’s House of Delegates’ decision to end the strike breaks: You had no vote in any of this. No student had a vote. No parent had a vote. No elected official had a vote. Only the members of the private organization called the Chicago Teachers Union had a vote... Read more »

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Chicago Teachers Union

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Chicago Teachers Union
As the Chicago Teachers Union strike persists into a second week and Mayor Emanuel seeks an injunction to get teachers back into classrooms, the discussion over Chicago’s schools continues. What’s missing from the general discussion is whether Chicago students would be better served with or without the Chicago Teachers Union. Below are ten rarely-mentioned facts... Read more »

I disagree with the union, but love teachers.

I was discussing the teachers’ strike with a friend this morning after breakfast. After covering some of the issues at play she said,  “Criticizing teachers can be hard to do.” That’s true, and rightfully so. I’ve had great teachers, people whom I admire and even love for what they’ve done in my life. I have... Read more »

Comparing apples to apples in Chicago's charter schools

Amid the Chicago Teachers Union’s demands during this week’s strike, there is a quieter but no less important discussion occurring. Chicago’s parents, activists, journalists, and regular citizens are discussing the performance of traditional public schools compared to the performance of charter public schools. Charter schools are operated by many different private nonprofits. Where the private... Read more »