Posts tagged "education"

Chicago teacher 'professional development' days stumps CEO Brizard

Sorry, but CTA buses and trains won’t be running tomorrow. You’ll have to fend for yourself because bus drivers and train operators will spend the day in “professional development,” learning how to run equipment they are supposed to know how to run already. If that’s not the most preposterous thing you’ve ever heard, (it’s not... Read more »

Emanuel: Chicago school kids get the shaft

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today laid out some plain and tough talk about Chicago Public School teachers and what they’re paid. The school board–if Emanuel has his way and he will–could rescind a scheduled 4 percent (!) raise for teachers (at a time when other people are losing jobs or watching their own pay and benefits... Read more »

End K-12 public school teacher tenure (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Quinn signs education reform law. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign today what’s called “sweeping” education reform, a step in the right direction in several regards: Longer school days and a provision allowing school to place competence over length of service in the firing and recall of teachers. Competent teachers will be... Read more »
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Feds getting ready to ban potatoes in schools

Well, almost all of them anyway: any white potato. Reports the Wall Street Journal: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is proposing to eliminate the “white potato”–defined as any variety but the sweet potato–from federally subsidized school breakfasts and to limit them sharply at lunch Seems that some schools have been dipping the potatoes in things... Read more »

Hilarious! Priceless!

Iowa professor’s outrageous response to GOP event prompts outrage The poor lady became unhinged when University of Iowa conservatives said that they were planning a “come out of the closet” day. Apparently believing that she or gay organizations have a copyright on the expression, she–a University of Iowa anthropology and women’s studies professor, replied with... Read more »

Democrats in Washington, Springfield deal from the bottom of the deck

Democrats in Washington, Springfield deal from the bottom of the deck
  ( Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune / April 14, 2011 ) President Barack Obama appears at campaign fundraiser at Navy Pier in Chicago.1 When President Barack Obama was in Chicago last week, he candidly told campaign contributors he had challengedRepublicans to repeal Obamacare with this taunt: “You think we’re stupid?” Right back at you, Mr. President. You... Read more »
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How should Chicago schools use the extra time (if teachers allow it)?

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, like Richard M. Daley before, wants a longer school day, implying that Chicago public school kids and taxpayers aren’t getting full value for the price. Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / November 4, 2010 ) Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union and community activists hold a press conference in front of... Read more »

A Liberal Teacher Explains Union Busting

Teachers Unions explained

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Straight talk on teachers' pension

Joel Klein, former chancellor of New York City’s public schools, makes a common sense suggestion that would reduce the public’s burden of financing overly generous pension benefits while giving teachers what they say they want: Equity (better) pay when they start their careers. The teachers’ union rejected it as “anti-union.” Read about it in the... Read more »
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