Reform: Tenure / Strike Bill Moves To House

Blog_defunding_leftHere's a roundup of some of the coverage of the Senate reform bill:  Ed reform bill moving quickly WBEZ:  Illinois lawmakers today are considering a wide-ranging education reform bill that's being called "historic."  It would fundamentally re-define how teachers are hired and fired in Illinois... Illinois Senate approves education changesIn Illinois, by contrast, negotiations unfolded quietly behind closed doors, bringing to the table groups sometimes at odds... Education reform awaits vote Herald:  In Chicago, where there hasn't been a teacher strike since 1987, no strikes could occur until as long as four months after a special arbitration panel takes up the dispute -- and then only if the Chicago Teachers Union gives a 10-day notice of a strike and has 75 percent of its members agree to it... Education Labor Law Reform Approved:  The legislation would make it harder for teachers to achieve tenure. Even after getting tenure, bad teachers could be fired.. Lawmakers, Unions Reach Deal on Teacher Labor Reform Fox:  The IEA and IFT acknowledge that laws weakening public employee rights in Ohio and Wisconsin influenced their decision to compromise... Who covers it best, and what questions remain (besides whether the House will pass this thing)?


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  • in catalyst, jim broadway gives some descriptions of the process and his take on how the complicated layoff system would work:,_strike_rights:_analysis_of_education_reform_legislation

    house hearings are next, after a week of break.

  • was emanuel the loser in the springfield negotiations? karen lewis seems to think so:

    "Mr. Emanuel came to Springfield looking to tack on two hours to the school day and two weeks to the school year without pay," Lewis said in a statement. "But all he got was language.",0,2409892.story

    via catalyst

  • Recently retired7/1/10
    I had to take furlough days, signing up for PEP does not change policy on taking furlough days.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Dear District299Reader, if you are retiring in 2011 or 2012, you do not have to take any furlough days. If you are retiring in 2013 or 2014, you must take your furlough days and they should be taken at the same time, so the CTPF will offset them! If you are retiring after 2014, you can take your furlough days at anytime.

  • I love the name August Spies, for those of you who do not know he was a Haymarket Martyr and associate of Albert Parsons. I hope we all do not get hung like August did.

    Rod Estvan

  • emanuel says that he's going for 90 minutes extra per day (will he get it/how?)

    CTU says that it didn't turn down a six percent raise for 45 minutes in 2007 (did it?),0,1384226.story

  • In part I agree will the post "teachers bury their heads in the sand." There are other possible ways to balance the budget rather than the CTU just giving up the wage increase and taking pay cuts. One way is for the members to loan these raises to CPS, just like CPS borrows money from bond holders. Another way, the one none of us want to see, are layoffs with increased class sizes including in charter schools. Part of the solution is to raise property taxes which the CTU and Mr. Emanuel apparently both now oppose.

    According to the Civic Federation the City of Chicago has one of the lowest property tax rates in Cook county. I can point to many rural areas of Illinois with higher property taxes, not just the north shore wealthy suburbs.

    Repeatedly I have put out the budget numbers, TIF numbers, consulting costs, CAO offices, total cost for the law department, etc, etc, and said alright lets just cut these entire lines and see where we are. I grant that approach is absurd because in reality CPS can't do that and function. But when we do that we see CPS still has a funding problem.

    What parents, teachers, and community members have to come to grips with is Illinois as a state is effectively bankrupt, the city of Chicago is very close to being also bankrupt. Under the law governments can't go bankrupt. So here we sit.

    We have been through this before during the great depression and things got very bad for public services, and society provided far fewer services and supports for the poor and disabled back then. Historically all recessions and even depressions end, and I suspect so will this one. We all have to survive it and attempt to tax the most wealthy as much as possible to keep things going as best as possible. Because the most wealthy among us play a very major role in funding the campaigns of elected officials in Illinois it is unlikely they will allow themselves to be heavily taxed above and beyond what they are now. Companies can also leave the state if they feel they are being over taxed. The most wealthy among us as a group, I say this because I know there are wealthy people who do not support low taxes for themselves, will likely only agree to a far higher rate of taxes based on wealth if the social order of society is threatened. By this I mean serious and sustained rioting in urban areas that disrupt the social order. There is no evidence that things are headed in that direction at this time, even considering how bad the situation is for the very poor in Chicago and other cities in this state. But things can change fast and in strange ways no one can predict.

    Both parents and teachers will have to make choices in the current fiscal situation. I think these choices should not be dictated to the public as they are being done now by the conservative media. But I agree with the poster above teachers can not keep pointing to corruption as a solution to this crisis. Corruption in the school system existed before the current Mayor, in fact historically it has existed since at least the early 1900s. We all need to oppose it, but ending what is called the corruption tax in Chicago will not put an end to the current fiscal crisis, only time is likely to do that.

    Rod Estvan

  • Norwood Park School's. special interest groups have almost raised $900,000 for the school!

  • CPS is suppose to rewrite the policies to define more clearly the separation between schools and charities that support them. CPS is suppose to rewrite the part of its internal account manual that pertains to fundraising, clarifying the rules so the divisions between school and nonprofits, and what money is being raised for, are more concrete. P.S.- The Norwood Park's foundation has raised more than $1 million over the last six years for Norwood Park Elementary School!

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