Last week it was the nice principal in Vermont. This week it's the nice
lunch ladies in Chicago. The vivid but really sentimental story is
from Chicago Public Radio and is focused on the lunch ladies at Deneen Elementary School.
In the piece, beat reporter Linda Lutton takes a tour around the
cafeteria and notes that there are seven lunch ladies at the school, all
of whom have to apply for jobs now. Plus a beloved school security
guard. I don't mind the story's focus on the disruption and collateral
damage that school improvement efforts can cause, or the underlying
questions about whether it's worth it to break these community ties.
But this is pretty sentimental stuff - especially since a certain number
of teachers and staff at most turnarounds can and often do end up
getting rehired at the same school, and there are legitimate budget and
staffing questions that need to be addressed at many struggling schools.
Bottom line: being asked to reapply for a job isn't the same as being
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