Different Takes On The Lynch Announcement

Pretty much everyone covers the Debbie Lynch announcement at Gage Park HS from yesterday (which, by the way, I wish someone had told me was coming), but it's covered slightly differently by each outlet. 

The Sun-Times coverage (Ex-teachers
union chief wants job back
) features vivid descriptions like "cantankerous campaign" and calls Lynch and Stewart "bitter rivals." 

The Tribune (Ex-union
chief seeks job back
) gives incumbent Stewart a chance to respond to Lynch's criticisms -- Stewart says Lynch is "attacking me on things
that were caused by the contract she negotiated" -- and lists Lynch's running mates
(Jacquelyn Price Ward, Marquette
Elementary teacher, for vice president; Collins High teacher Archie
Moore, for recording secretary; Curie High Clerk Maureen Callaghan for
treasurer; and Garvy Elementary teacher Steve Jones for financial
secretary.
)

Over at WBEZ the brief segment contrasts Lynch's focus on professional as well as salary issues with Stewart's focus on bread and butter issues (Former Chicago Teachers Union Head Wants Old Job Back).  Says Lynch:  "We're a union of professionals.  We should be as good on the professional education issues as on the bread and butter issues -- we can and should be."

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  • So why do the teachers who teach at Nobel do it for $18,500 less than they could get at a non-charter school? There must be some other reward. Of course, as 3:06 said, they don't have to pay union dues so that's a savings, and they don't have to live in the city and that could be another savings. Maybe it's just that working with children whose families are more likely to be supportive of education is worth it in the minds of these teachers.

  • George, I usually tend to agree to some extent with you, but my post above, which you took issue with, started as an if Noble street charter teachers make 18,500 less, which was what the person above me had as their average difference. My post was about the question, why do teachers do it and suggesting that non-tangible differences may play into it as well as the tangibles of not living in the city and not paying union dues.

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