Reform: Tribune Kills SB7 With Kindness

image from i.imgur.comLike this year's overly nice American Idol judges, the Tribune editorial page focuses only on the positives in SB7.  But you don't have to look that closely to see that the editorial page wants more -- a LOT more -- from the Senate-passed bill whose praises backers and commentators have been singing with perhaps a little too much enthusiasm.  In particular, the editorial page wants a much shorter remediation period for teachers than SB7's one-year time frame, an unspecified "higher bar" for tenure, limits on teachers' abilities to win higher salaries for extended time, and a five year ban on a strike.  Is any of this going to happen?  I don't know.  But it seems unlikely that the bill gets tougher in the House, even with Stand For Children's $3 million war chest, and, as the Tribune points out, it's not entirely clear that SB7 as passed does as much as was hoped or claimed. 


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  • The Chicago tribune is bankrupt, maybe the staff at the newspaper should work more hours for less pay or they should make it easy for journalists to be fired.

  • all the budget to and fro going on largely behind the scene, and how to weigh in for your favorite program, via jim broadway at SSNS:

  • Jim Broadway is of course correct about the need for input on the education budget and that is why I will be at the House elementary secondary appropriation committee meeting tomorrow in Springfield along with numerous other lobbyists. But because Governor Quinn's revenue estimates are so much higher than those used by the House his overall budget for education is much higher, so the fight is sort of a zero sum game.

    One interest group will effectively cutting the funds of another group. Early childhood vs. English Language Learners or special education. My major concern as a lobbyist will be to protect the funding lines for special education services which the Quinn budget actually increased in his proposed FY 12 budget as compared to FY11. CPS because of the leadership transition currently has a very weak lobbying presence in Springfield and has not been effectively defending its own interests very well on funding issues.

    I do not think a new CEO from New York will have much power in Springfield, hence Mr. Emanuel will have to directly play a role in Springfield in order to protect the interests of CPS.

    Rod Estvan

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