Principals' Head Angry About Furloughs

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Thanks to a reader for sending along this note from Clarice Berry, head of the CPAA.  
It gives her version of the story behind the furlough days.
Check it out.  Add any thoughts you think we might be interested in hearing about. 
Are principals and APs in as much or more of a jam as teachers and central office folks when it comes to pay cuts and other things?
Who deserves our sympathy most?


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  • I didn't really hear principals complain or voice opposition to Uberman when teachers were being cut and classroom sizes were expanded. Now that their wallets are being targeted, we finally hear principals taking issue with the board. Principals and teachers need to be united to defend themselves against the Uberman/Daley onslaught. Administrators need to remember that their salary is based somewhat on what teachers make. If teacher salaries and rights are undermined, adminstration's checks and perks will follow. I am amazed at how administrators trust the board over teachers. When will they ever learn?

  • Give me a break. See Joravsky's article in the Reader that details how nearly as many CO staff have been hired as have been fired. (And many of them at higher salaries.)

    There's been a small reduction, yes, but nothing approaching the claims of Mr. Huberman. And certainly nothing remotely in the ballpark of your 60% figure.

    Teachers are the most essential component of a child's education. Most Central Office staff, however talented and dedicated, are simply not essential. The truth hurts.

  • I'd gladly sacrifice, but I want to be sure that it will save positions and programs in writing. From what CPs has stated, our concessions won't do that.

    I'd start haunting Huberman. He isn't sacrificing a thing. He's still hiring people to surround him.

  • Gosh, I would have thought downtown cut well over 110% of their staff by now, given the press releases. Oh, wait, their numbers are higher?

  • You're out of your mind. Most of my friends, as individuals, make four times the median family of four and brag about how little they do. Again, for the love of jeebus, teaching and managing in the field of education isn't something any joe off the street can do. Teachers get fired. Teachers are forced out of their schools. "The real world is coming..."

    The real world is that education is the last place where corporations can loot the public treasury. It's among the last professions that can't be outsourced to a country where the labor is tightly controlled and people make one dollar per hour.

    Which brings me to my question: How many years does the profession have before it's no longer a profession that supports a middle class life? With 10% "structural" unemployment, and a very clear and concerted effort to undermine our profession, what are we talking here? 2 years, 10?

  • Really? Those hours still don't beat what I put in - half of which is not paid hours.

  • First, there's no way that CO staff has been reduced to 40% of its previous level. But even if that's true (which it's not) how come teachers haven't noticed any difference in their classrooms? It's because most CO staff, even hard working, dedicated ones, are not essential.

    I haven't noticed a difference in my classroom. Any teachers out there actually notice a difference in your classroom since CO staff started getting laid off?

  • Yes, Union concessions would be used only to save Union jobs. CPS has stated that Union concessions would also not reduce the deficit whatsoever. And CPS is now laying off or will lay off up to 1500 teachers for budgetary reasons - all independent of Union concessions.

    So, give up contractual rights - get fired anyway.

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