The Coming Teacherpocalypse!


The wags over at (conservative) Reason have declared massive job cut projections and saturation media coverage of what are (let's be honest) speculative numbers "Teacherpocalypse 2010."   I think it's sort of funny.  Those affected won't.  But then again teachers are a pretty small share of the 6 million Americans already out of work. No one knows the actual job loss numbers.  Projections are much more fun to talk about.  But until states are done with their budgets and the Congress is over the idea of another stimulus will we have any actual job loss numbers for teachers.  You are now free to return to your freaking out, political positioning, and fear-mongering. 


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  • Quinn is counting on a Teacherpocalypse happening. Or, he'll cause one.

  • what happened to the reporting of the teachers strike in california? Not news?

    CA strike Hundreds of Orange County teachers strike

    Work Stoppage: CUSD


  • We can bail out banks and the car industry but not the schools. Keep the poor middle class guessing and allow education to be had by those who can afford it. The haves and the have nots.

    The legislature doesn't care, neither does Congress. They are in the haves section. They have no clue.

  • actually, i think we already did some bailing out of the schools -- remember the stimulus? $95b went to states for things like schools and law enforcement.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I believe that stimulus money was suppose to be spent on new initiatives (not to balance the budget), but I don't think any one knows exactly where that money was spent or put.

    Did that bail out actually get to the schools or did the state craftily use it to pay their other bills?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I was in Springfield this Tuesday for a Senate Education Committee meeting regarding two bills that could potentially waive numerous rules and mandates. I am going back down to Springfield again this Monday afternoon and could be there until Thursday. It is not a pretty picture at all. Both the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and Illinois Education Association (IEA) lobbyists are attempting to work the inside game down there. Basically they are open to discussing changing any aspect of the school code that might save school districts money as long as the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act (IELRA) is not altered.

    One bill would allow all school districts to ignore any and all new laws passed by the General Assembly if they are not fully funded. The definition of fully funded is up to the various school boards across our state, if deemed by an individual board that the law is not fully funded they can vote to exempt themselves from the law. This bill is HB 4711 and it is likely to be approved. The IFT and IEA opposed this bill because it did not clearly exempt IELRA. Access Living is on record opposing this bill and CPS filed thought its lobbyist its support of HB4711. I could go on and on with the bad things going on down in Springfield.

    I am now hearing about an Emergency Budget Act which has yet to be written but would give Quinn total authority to cut all and any programs at will. This rumored proposal is truly frightening. I see very little support for either a 1% or 2% income tax increase in the General Assembly right now. Overall the rally held on Wensday did not create any new support for an income tax increase. None the less the members of the GA seem frightened of what may be coming and are looking for any and all possible ways to save money or tax things no one thought about yet.

    I personally prefer to focus my efforts in Chicago, but right now I have no option but to spend more time downstate.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    How do these cuts affect special education class size/workload?
    There are many inclusion programs with caseload/workload violations-Example: 22 students in an inclusion program spread out over four grades with one teacher/provider (who is unable to meet the minutes).

    A principal friend was told that he would get a new special education position opened but was told yesterday that it would not happen. I was taught in my special education law class that we, in special education, must follow federal mandates regarding class size, etc.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    One proposal could include the complete elimination of special education class size mandates, they would be determined at the local level based on "the needs of the children." Another proposal would allow up to 50% of any classroom to composed of special education students. There are no federal guide lines on class sizes in IDEA, so believe it or not the state could do these things.

    Until Tuesday I will not know where this is all going.
    About 10 advocates for students with disabilities will be attending a meeting where these issues are going to be discussed. We had to lobby numerous members of the General Assembly even to get a voice in the Blue Ribbon Committee on Mandates. So right now that is about what I can tell you.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Well, if they decide to either give me 50% special needs kids or put that many in my children's classrooms, I can tell you right now, we will go private school or homeschool. No way am I teaching or allowing my kids to be in that kind of environment. Teachers cannot teach a classroom full of that many kids with that many special needs.

  • My principal didn't bother going, since he had report card pickup going on today and figured he could read the PowerPoint once it came online.

    We did get the budget today rather than tomorrow. Not nearly as bad as what we had feared.

  • At a lunch Huberman defended why he can give himself and his buddies a raise. He justified it with "I work hard." While these greedy jerks give themselves raise they want to cut teachers' raises and add to the classroom. A strike will be in the offing.

  • "doomsday" is good, but "teacherpocalypse" is better (more satirical) -- i am still waiting for local news outlets to make the move:

  • here's the tribune's version -- come on, "teacherpocalypse"!

  • Yes, the comments made at the lunch are true. It's a shame Humberman sycophants are patrolling this site.

  • We simply aren't prepared enough as a union to strike at this stage.

    Our leadership has destroyed rank and file interest in the union and failed to keep a strike fund or planning committee.

    So it's not really an option at this stage. We need to rebuild the union before bigger actions are possible.

    It's one of the reasons why the May 21st election is so very important. If Stewart wins again, it's unlikely that our union will survive...

    xian from CORE

  • You're doing that SPIN thing.

  • Don't forget the peeps and extra cars too

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