Tough times for Chicago's teachers. It's dark when they wake up in the morning. And cold. Their union is dysfunctional and in disarray. The students aren't getting any nicer. They're almost certainly going to get swine flu -- at least once. Thanksgiving is a long way away.
But at least they're not in the dreaded reassigned teachers pool -- yet.
Read on for the latest details.
That particularly unfortunate group of folks (I hear about 700 of them)
was given a list of positions and told to go get a job. Many of the
open spots were part-time, however. And, starting on Friday, anyone
who doesn't have a job is supposed to start subbing.
As one teacher wrote in: "Is that what they meant when they said that no cuts
were classroom based -- that we would all be back in the schools as
Subs?...I can't believe (how naive of me) that Central Office would rather pay
my full salary as I sub, than put my skills to use. I'm adding HR to
the Office of Specialized Services as the most dysfunctional
departments at the Board...and that's saying a lot (I guess payroll was
Last year -- it seems like a decade ago -- Medill reported that most displaced teachers found jobs eventually and there were lots of comments about that: Mixed News For Chicago-Area Teachers - District 299.
How's it going this year? Anyone finding a job? Anyone getting any help? What could CPS or CTU have done better, looking back at the last few months -- or is it all about the economy at this point?