CPS: Closed For Business (Friday & Monday)


From CPS:  "Chicago Public Schools Central Office and most Citywide Services will be closed tomorrow, July 2, due to a mandatory shutdown day. The office and services will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day Holiday." I'll be around, and may post once or twice more, but will be slowing things down as well.  Feel free to keep on commenting and sending links, though.


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  • That was quick! Thanks to the anonymous poster above who pointed us to the "State of the Union" video posted on the CTU web site on the new officers' first day. (That's ctunetcom)

    Let me encourage union members (and Ron Huberman) to watch the 10-minute speech by new CTU President Karen Lewis. We will not be played. We will not let the Board divide us. We are united.

    Good stuff, Karen.

  • Because they came up with a plan and wrote a new three year contract. CPS hasn't even offered that. All they have done was grand stand and demand. You don't go in front of cameras to demand before sitting down with the parties involved.

  • Just listened to Lewis on ctunet.net Daley and his poodle (Huberman) have a fight on their hands. Daley has done more to unite and ignite our union by appointing Huberman than anybody could have imagined. Can't wait for the 2012 contract negotiations....I am saving for a LONG strike with 400,000 kids on the street and marches on downtown dailey.....

  • Troll, You are totallly on target. I could not agree more with everything you say. Lewis and Caref and her friends will be seen for what they are very soon And the good teachers in Chicago will suffer.

  • You're right, Troll. President Lewis should have kept every employee the former CTU administration hired. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever for her to bring in her own people - trusting your co-workers and employees and the collaborative process are vastly over rated.

    So, let's see what the taxpayers are paying for: a handful of union employees are leaving CTU to go back into CPS and a handful of CPS employees are leaving CPS to go into the CTU. Net loss = zero.

    Nice try.

  • Troll, if you are right then why has the E.E.O.C. determined that the claim is viable enough to investigate?

    And, really, please, high school students are perfectly capable of thinking on their own and they choose to invest themselves in the fight for public education. They are not props. They are activist students engaged in civic duties of their own free will.

    Keep trying. : )

  • The Commies are coming! The Commies are coming! Godless bastards! The Commies are coming!

  • It is not only Durbin and other Senators. It is the White House as well.
    ""It would be shortsighted to weaken funding for these reforms just as they begin to show such promise," the White House said in a statement before the House vote. The statement added: "If the final bill presented to the president includes cuts to education reforms, the president's senior advisors would recommend a veto.""

    Write to the President as well !

  • Yeah, except that's not what she's said. Get a grip, Troll.

    There is already a contractual, mutually agreed upon process for dismissing unsatisfactory tenured teachers. The fact that CPS has declined to utilize that process is not justification for bypassing that process in violation of the agreement.

  • Veteran field representatives are unionized and under contract until 2011.

  • Nah, it's nothing approaching chaos. Go pay a visit, you'll see. It's just a standard adjustment period that takes place when a new leadership team takes office. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing dramatic, and nothing too exciting. Yawn.

  • I simply can't imagine any tax payer who is a resident of Chicago not insisting on seeing where and how CPS spends its money. I just don't get it.

  • Actually, there is a special provision for these folks. It is found in Article 1-14 of the CBA:

    "Effective July 1, 2007 and thereafter, the Board and the Union agree that thirty-five appointed teachers or PSRPs elected or appointed to full-time positions with the Union...shall be granted leaves of absence without pay...

    "Those granted such leaves shall retain all other benefits as if they were in regular service...

    "The foregoing provisions shall be applicable to such teachers with the exception that if said teacher returns to the school system said teacher shall be assigned to an equivalent position in the area of his or her certification, but shall not have the right to return to the teacher's original school."

  • Hey, Reality is on point. I don't need to pay a visit; I work there and it is chaotic as it is whenever you let go of the majority of your staff and don't know the ins and outs.

    I know what I do, will do it and watch the rest.

    Time will tell.

  • At least it looks like CTF is only looking for hard to find teacher skills (subject areas of math and science, and bi-lingual ed, and special ed). My guess is that not many teachers who have been honorably dismissed fit into those classes due to the historic nature of the shortage.

    People with math and science degrees have typically been able to find better employment opportunities than being school teachers. With the constant increase in both sped and bilingual populations, there have never been enough teachers for these areas.

  • Sigh.

    From eeoc.gov:

    If a charge appears to have little chance of success...[the EEOC] may dismiss the charge without doing an investigation.

    Or this, from eeoc.gov

    After a charge is filed, an EEOC investigator will decide if discrimination
    probably took place. The investigator may 1) be able to decide quickly that discrimination likely took place, or 2) need more time to investigate, or 3) decide that no discrimination took place and dismiss the charge quickly.

    Obviously they don't investigate anything and everything.

    Whatever. Time will tell.

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