Disney, Charters May Be Next

Today's news is all about the addition of a 4th school where teachers have apparently voted to extend the day schedule this year and the possibility that more may join them -- Disney teachers are considering it and charter schools are eager to find out if they qualify.  Meantime, CTU is claiming that dozens of schools have voted the proposal down but hasn't named any schools yet.

Charter Schools Eye Longer Day Incentives CNC:  Broy estimates that 81 of the city’s 103 charters would qualify for the extra money.

Disney teachers mulling longer day Tribune: At a local school council meeting Thursday, Disney teachers asked questions about what a longer day would look like, but they also worried aloud that taking the vote was akin to crossing a picket line.

Teachers union chief: Emanuel declared war over longer school day Sun Times:  The union’s complaint with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board came as teachers at a fourth school — Benjamin Mays Elementary in Englewood — voted to waive the existing CTU contract and add 90 more minutes to the school day in exchange for 2 percent raises and other perks.

Englewood school is fourth in Chicago to adopt longer class day Sun Times:  Teachers at Benjamin Mays Elementary, 838 W. Marquette, overwhelmingly agreed to work 90 minutes longer, beginning in January.

Council Backs Emanuel’s Longer School Day Push CNC:  Alderman on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution urging Chicago Public Schools to immediately add 90 minutes to the school day despite union opposition. The vote of political support came shortly after a South Side elementary school became the fourth city school to extend its day.

Council backs longer school day; Burke ‘embarrassed’ by teachers union Sun Times: A City Council packed with allies of organized labor on Thursday took a powerful stand against the Chicago Teachers Union by supporting a longer school day championed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Cash incentives will continue for schools moving to longer day  WBEZ:  Chicago’s public school district will keep offering cash incentives to teachers and schools that add 90 minutes of class time to their school day.

The teacher honor roll grows Tribune (editorial): Kudos to the teachers at Mays Elementary Academy in Englewood, who voted Thursday to expand the instructional day by 90 minutes. They've joined our honor roll of teachers giving students the valuable extra class time they need to excel.

Raby hires successful, controversial coach Tribune:  Chris Head, the high school basketball coach known for winning as much as for his troubled past, is returning to the court.

Longer School Days Are Just a Start CNC (Warren): Four schools constitute a pebble in the ocean of a huge system, yet Emanuel is on course to weaken union leverage in bargaining a new contract and to achieve his end.

Federal grant expands early math project with a new PreK-3 focus Catalyst: U.S. Department of Education officials stopped in at the Erikson Institute Thursday morning to highlight the Early Mathematics Education Project, winner of a $5 million federal Investing in Innovation grant.

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  • Thursday's CTU complaint contends waivers should be canceled at two schools (STEM Magnet and Skinner North) by allowing non-CTU members to vote. Mayor Rahm Emanuel told all the city aldermen on Thursday to go out to every school in their ward and tell teachers and principals that Chicago wants a longer school day now!

  • Dear Disney Faculty

    Everyone has heard of your school, it is one of our bright spots in a
    otherwise dark universe .If the Tribune can be believed non ethical
    forces are determined to cajole you to vote for a longer day.
    These non teachers are trying to use “The Children” to advance their own
    Political agenda .You must vote your heart, but remember the rest of
    us know you are responsible for Disney’s students fantastic education.
    And I at least will support your decision.

  • THE DISHONOR ROLL- Skinner North, Melody Elementary, STEM Magnet Academy, & Mayo Elementary Academy. P.S.- CPS, you only have 478 more elementary schools to convince to drink the kool-aid.

  • Although I can understand disliking the teachers at these schools for not being in solidarity, I don't think it quite rises to the point of being a dishonor.

    And I do think elementary schools is where the longer school day is going to do the most good. If the high schools got students who could stay on task and read at grade level, they would be a lot better.

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    The Union isn't opposing a longer day (next school year), it wants input on how that longer day will be implemented. Teachers breaking with the ranks only insures the Union will not.
    Have your read how the Union wants those extra 90min spent? You might actually agree with it.

  • In reply to PDec:

    Won't the schools that voted to do it this year have more room to experiment than if it is mandated next year? Seems like the Union should support some experimentation at schools that voted to do it this year. It's a pilot program.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    I have not ready anywhere that these schools will be able to experiment with anything.

  • With all due respect, RP isn't it Mays School, not Mayo. Two very different schools.

  • In reply to Child of the Rock:

    Dear Child of the Rock, yes it's Mays Elementary School and not Mayo Elementary School. I hit the wrong key on my computer. Sorry to the Mayo Elementary School family.

  • THE DISHONOR ROLL- Skinner North, Melody Elementary, STEM Magnet Academy, Mays Elementary & Brown Elementary.

  • THE DISHONOR ROLL- Skinner North, Melody Elementary, STEM Magnet Academy, Mays Elementary, Brown Elementary & Disney II Magnet School.

  • "but they [Disney teachers] also worried aloud that taking the vote was akin to crossing a picket line"

    Hey Disney teachers, that's exactly what it is!
    This is being done specifically to weaken the union, which will not only affect you, but all teachers in Chicago for years to come. How about some solidarity already! This is simply not good for the teaching profession.

  • In reply to PDec:

    I think you are mistaking the good of the CTU for the good of the profession. The CTU is a collective bargaining unit which has a duty to negotiate for the best pay and benefits it can. You can't begrudge it that role. CPS wants to get the best teaching it can for the least money -- that's its duty to the students and taxpayers. You can't begrudge it that role. Where that negotiation comes out doesn't have a lot to do with the teaching profession. When teachers are more scarce and government coffers are full, the bargain will come out one way. When unemployment is above 9%, we are in the middle of the worst economic cycle since the Great Depression, and government coffers are low (and that's after a massive tax increase in Illinois), the bargain will come out very differently.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    When good teachers leave or burn-out it is Bad for the profession.
    Let's take it one step further, how many bright students will even start education programs seeing how teachers are being disrespected and vilified?
    Rahm's win-at-any-cost tactics will have very long term effects.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    "CPS wants to get the best teaching it can for the least money -- that's its duty to the students and taxpayers."

    That's an oxymoron. Arne Duncan just said teachers salaries should be doubled, and should be paid 130 to 150K. Does he mean it? I think so, with a little political posturing thrown in. Is it realistic? No. But it does reflect the fact that one must pay for talent. Look at the quality of teachers in wealthy Suburban districts that pay their teachers significantly more than CPS. The current CPS effort will surely diminish teacher quality, and dissuade intelligent, talented people who might want to do some good (and not have to "take a vow of poverty", another Duncan quote) from choosing teaching over a better paying profession. I've seen a lot of law school grads and similar professions give the teaching profession a try. You really think talented people like that will look at what is going on now, the disrespect and blame shown to teachers by cancelling a contractually negotiated raise and then trying to bust the union, and jump on board???

  • first off, it's not crossing a picket line IMHO if they're exercising a provision in the existing contract that allows them to make decisions for themselves and their school on an individual basis. there's a difference, i think.

    second of all, brown elementary is number five, according to CPS:

    This morning, 70 percent of teachers at William H. Brown Elementary School at 54 N Hermitage Avenue on the Near West Side voted to approve a waiver to the Collective Bargain Agreement between the Chicago Public Schools and CTU that would add 90 minutes of instructional time to their school day. Passage of waivers require 50% + 1 of all voting teachers. The approved waiver will extend their school day beginning September 26, 2011.

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    You also have the right to cross a picket line.
    Both situations weaken the group when bargaining.
    Cutting a separate deal now potentially causes more damage at contract time, so IMO this is actually worse.

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Not surprising considering they share space with their network offices and have less than 100 students

  • In reply to katniss:

    How does this school have 15 CTU members for 100 children?
    One vote is the clerk's and 14 teachers....all other employees are not in the CTU...our teachers in our neighborhood school have 33 children in each room and the only aides are in the special education rooms....of course we do not have three of Eddie Burke's grandchildren....I forgot not all CPS schools are treated equally!

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    In reply to Alexander Russo:

    these are district directives that are being forced upon local work units. Appx C is clear that members can waive a CBA article to adjust for local needs. This is union busting and nothing to do with the children of Chicago. Read the entire complaint.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/64455105/Chicago-Teachers-Union-ULP-Coerced-Waivers-Position-Filed

  • In reply to JohnKugler:

    seems like a fine argument to me.

    what I don't understand is- why are Rahm and co. even bothering with this potentially extralegal waiver process this year when everybody seems to agree that the provisions the teachers at these 5 schools waived will be unilaterally decided by CPS for the 2012-2013 school year? how will this strengthen CPS's and the administration's hand for next year when they already appear to have a royal flush (from Gen Assemb bill and SB7)?

    i guess they will argue that the urgency of the situation required immediate action this school year where they could get it (from the only "reasonable teachers" in chicago, apparently) and this will make the changes they unilaterally implement at all schools next year seem all the more necessary and also the union teachers all the more greedy (it seems to me that the argument will be- last year we offered individual faculties an offer that was much more to their advantage than what we are mandating now, and most didn't take it. the union is going to freak out no matter what we implement, so just ignore them. anyway, you might as well, considering that legally they can do nothing about this!)

    so while the ctu should fight this waiver thing hard for the next month or so, it seems like the main fallout of this should be preparing its members for next year, given the new legal environment.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    just to clarify on this "fine argument"- the idea is that the teachers could have changed the school day WITHOUT waiving all of those provisions in the contract (as per appendix C). so they were deceived into waiving those provisions. but why wouldn't the admin just have them go through the process outlined in appendix C? that's the question. and the answer is obviously all about 2012-2013, PR, and their new powers.

  • The number is now five elementary schools who have gone over to the dark side. Mayor Rahm Emanuel cursed out CTU President Karen Lewis today in regard of the longer school day! When Rahm cursed out Karen, he cursed out all Chicago Teacher's Union members!

  • Today the length of your work day/year...
    ...tomorrow your Pension. Don't kid yourself.

  • Tomorrow pension, sick days, your salary (if you actually have some seniority) : cut

  • Thought Charter schools already had a longer day.???
    All CICS charter schools are at least an hour longer.
    Namaste goes till 4
    HILA goes till 4
    Locke goes till 5pm or close to it.
    One of the reasons I did not send my child to a charter was that I thought 8 to 4pm was to long of a day.
    Now they want to get in on the cash cow train?

  • This is union busting pure and simple. Remember what went on in Wisconsin. Teachers belong to a union. They negotiate with CPS to create a contract. Giving away your rights via a waver is quite stupid and weakens the union's ability to negotiate on behalf of its members.

    It is really insulting that CPS cries poor, cancels the previously negotiated, contractual 4% raise, then tries to pick off schools with a less than minimum wage offer. CPS will save even more money, and teachers will lose more, as the school day lengthens and after school programs, and the opportunities for teachers to work for them, shrink, while teachers work longer for practically free. Arne Duncan says the CPS short day is a "Badge of Shame" and also says teachers deserve to be much better paid, $130K, he said. He's trying to play both sides of the fence.

    Younger teachers, remember, you might stay in your school well into the evening now, but after you start a family, you may need to balance your time a little more. Don't give away your contractual rights, and hamstring YOUR union's ability to negotiate on your behalf. You may not realize the historical importance unions have played in improving workers lives: the five day work week, the creation of a decent middle class, among other things.

    Also, this push for a longer school day is leaving out a MAJOR piece of the puzzle: parental responsibility. I hear nothing about parents need to step up, get involved in their kids education, encourage their kids to read, have books around, take them to museums (free days, library passes), encourage a love of learning.

    This will also likely lead to further push the middle class out of the system, as many don't want their kids warehoused, babysat, fed three times a day, and test prepped to death.

    Look before you leap. Look out for ALL of us.

  • The waiver should be at 75% just like SB7.

    Finally Chicago Tonight asked the big question, "Wasn't CPS broke? How can they afford to give each school and teacher cash incentives?"

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    I missed that, what was the reply?

  • Well, the city doesn't have the money to compensate teachers and give $200 million to the Cubs you greedy teachers. Sorry, between you and Alfonso Soriano, you lose http://inthesetimes.com/ittlist/entry/11903/billionaires_win_teachers_are_fair_game_in_rahms_chicago/

    If you want to see how bad things will be if we do not stand united, look no further than New Berlin, Wisconsin. Where the changes for teachers they put through can only be called draconian.

    http://teachersagainstwalker.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/new-rules-pay-attention.pdf

    We better start standing together or there will be nothing left.

  • Hello world . I am a CTU member and a CPS teacher, in that order. And I've gotta bone to pick with youse and youse and youse.

    This system was built by me and for me and my kind, and I don't like interlopers see?. Students are ancillary, parents an added expense, but bearable, and principals, a necessary, but hated subspecies (we gotta have someone to blame). But youse successful business people employing people in the city, I ain't got no use for you. You don't know my business and you got nothing to contribute here.

    I am a cynic and got no hope for the future. It will suck like it's always sucked because I won't change because you want me to change in ways I don't want to change, at least not at these prices.
    I feel pressured, disrespected, powerless and victimized. And I am depressed and angry about it. So I am taking it out on all of youse.

    Yeah I have great benefits and the pay is good by most measures, but I feel entitled to more even at, or perhaps especially at, the expense of others. I get incensed that others are paid more than me when I am supposed to be doing God's work, you know?

    Don't cross me or try to pull any of that starry-eyed idealist hokum on me. Only those young, childless ones think they should change things "for the children." I'm beyond that.

    I am the gatekeeper for change and you got to pay the toll, know what I'm saying? And if you try to go around me without paying or you let others do it, I'm coming for ya . . .yeah that's you I'm talking about, you starry-eyed idealist who thinks you should just give away education for at cut-rates, I'm comin' for ya.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    I bet this sounded very clever in your head before you wrote it.

  • In reply to PDec:

    Heehee. Attempt at satire: big fail. Way off on any semblance of venacular among the teaching corps. But, fairly accurate version of the image of teachers and CTU being sold to the public by the new mayor and his masters.

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    In reply to Anonymous:

    I am the starry-eyed idealist and I am the change. I am the one who everyday is willingly and eagerly teaching 150 students, many of whom no one but a Chicago Public School teacher would be eager to teach. (I know because the charters and privates have kicked them out.)

    This inequitable, segregated, corrupt, inefficient, maddening system was NOT built by me and my kind--it was built by the Pritzkers and the Daleys and yes, the Emmanuels of the world--but I am determined to pull the best out of it for the benefit of my kids.

    I am the one that that kids with no parents call "father", and I know because it's already happened 4 times this week. I'm the one who has to bury my colleagues and my students, cry in a corner and then come back and put on a strong face to teach for another day and I know because it's happened already this week.

    I am the one who teaches the parents, students and yes, sometimes the principals too, whom I have the highest respect for as educators with more experience than myself, to hold hope in education and that in bad systems there are wonderful people and if we support each other, we can succeed DESPITE this wave of anti-child, anti-teacher "reform".

    I am the one who has listened to and learned from the youth and supported them to build great works every day and HOW DARE YOU disrespect that work by thinking that it comes only between the hours of my normal, average length school day. My students work way too hard to be demeaned by the likes of you.

    I am the one that the people hurting our poor, youth of color fear--almost as much as they fear the youth themselves--because they know that I teach real critical thought skills and they know where the youth will choose to focus those skills. They fear so much that they vilify me everyday--anonymously, in corporate media, and sometimes, they fire me and they strip me of my way of feeding my family--specially because I am devoting myself to helping kids.

    So that's who I am. You cannot steal my voice or determine its words. And the people will decide whether it has merit. The youth already have.

  • In reply to Xian Barrett:

    Beautifully expressed. Keep up the good fight! The kids deserve all you give. Bless you.

  • does anyone have a link to the suit, or any eyewitness to coersion, etc?

    that's what's being alleged, apparently --

    wsj has a story here
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904103404576560983836448442.html?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Substance has posted the entire filing at
    http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=2589&section=Article

    I just read it and I would say yes that it provided one named eyewitness to the problems with the votes at one of the schools. As has been stated the filing asks for injunctive relief to stop any addition wavier votes from taking place and asks that all the changes in the length of the school day voted on be over turned.

    That is a pretty simple discussion of the case and I think people should read it for themselves. As I said before even if the CTU wins this case on its merits it can lose the PR war. The PR war right now is more important than the legal war.

    According to the filing CPS did make a formal proposal to the CTU on the 2% increase for the longer day and year. It was formally rejected by the CTU leadership in a letter to CPS according to the filing, I think it would be best to have the full membership vote on it to show the public where teachers are at. There is no rule that a union leadership must agree with a proposed change to an agreement to put it to a vote, in fact often proposals are recommended to be voted down by union leaderships.

    To not put the vote before the full membership at this point makes it appear that the CTU is fearful of its own membership accepting this bad deal. This is a bad tactic. Voting on the CPS proposal also does not impact the case the union filed, it is just a different tactic.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    apparently it's done in a room without any admins present -- assumedly conducted by the union rep who then informs the principal etc.

    anyone seen a ballot form or know if it's done by secret ballot in the classroom or by show of hands or something?

    would love to see a copy of a vote tally sheet, just to make this whole thing seem more real.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/09/10/1015221/-CHICAGO:-Bribes-and-Coercion-to-Fix-Schools

  • Did President Obama forget to tell Chicago politicians that he is running for re-election. Is this still the home town of the president's 2012 election? This is a great time to demonstrate how Chicago democrats feel about collective bargaining rights. I think that the Republicans will and should use this to their advantage. Chicago teachers need to become the poster children of the Republicans. This is going to be one of the best Fox News/Bill O'Reilly (No Spin Zone) stories ever!!!!. Obama's home state/city strips away teachers rights, school by school. -----you have now entered the no spin zone....Let the man point his finger in Bill/O'Reilly's face and cuss him out on national tv...GOOD LUCK OBAMA/ yes we can!

  • Go read the complaint filed by CTU now, it is on the Substance website as Mr. Estvan has reported. You are not going to believe your eyes!!!!!
    How STEM became 'The Mayor's Pet School'.... Chicago Teachers Union's Unfair Labor Practice Complaint is Comprehensive

  • I have been wondering if this piecemeal approach is all to distract from larger changes that are already be planned for implementation in Jan. or for 2012-13. I am particularly interested in the passing of house bill 1415, which was signed on Aug 15th. If I am reading it correctly, it seems to allow for the lengthening of the school year to (a minimum) of 215 days for schools that have been in academic watch status for 2 consecutive years. This would go into effect this Jan. Has there been any discussion of this?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    I have not thought much about that Bill and it does need to be thought about. On Monday I will look at it again.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Nothing will happen in January on this as far as CPS goes.
    (1) It can't start until the expiration of current bargaining agreements; (2) The School Board has to opt in--it's not a mandate from the state; and (3) it's subject to federal appropriations money being available.
    Also, it's just a pilot program. Nothing permanent.

  • Remember the teachers who voted for this are still our brothers and sisters.
    I got a e-mail this morning from a teacher who went through the ballot
    and there is a whole lot more to this than just a longer day.
    If you go over the provisions they waved it amounts to the loss of many
    Rights, for example bye bye librarian preps.
    As usual the truth is stranger than fiction. Give the board any leeway
    And they will screw us every time.

  • Specifically what else do teachers waive when they agree to the longer day? In the papers all I read about is the "benefits"- 2% raise, school getting compensated. What else do teachers waive?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    What else do teachers waive?

    1) The $1,750 stipend for National Board Certified Teachers. (Appendix 2A)

    2) Salary schedules for summer school.

    3) The right to additional pay for teaching classes beyond the normal maximum course load. (Appendix 3A)

    4) PSRP job titles and pay grades. (Appendix 1E)

    5) Payment for mandatory in-service outside of the regular school day. (44-2)

    6) The right of the Union to negotiate over how extra time is used. (4-13, 5-3, 5-8)

    7) The right of the school's PPLC to provide input on professional development offerings. (4-6, 4-13, 5-8)

    8) The right of LSC members, teachers, and the school's Union delegate to annually review closed campus scheduling. (4-13)

    9) Prep periods for librarians. (15-8)

    10) Salary schedules, pay rates, increments, and stipends for teachers, PSRPs, cadres, day-to-day subs, retired teachers, psychologists, social workers, speech pathologists, case managers, driver education teachers, summer school, all extracurriculars (including coaches), trade & vocational teachers, head teachers, and after-school instruction. (Appendices A1-3H)

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Is that you Dr. Johnnie? You couldn't convince the STEM teachers not to have a vote they wanted so now you're spreading misinformation. Com'on guy.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    This is not John. (You sure seem obsessed with him though.) More than once you have claimed the information I have listed is somehow incorrect. You have obviously not read the waiver. It has been posted on CPS communication boards and various websites and is not difficult to find. I suggest you read it.

    The information I've listed above comes directly from the contract waiver that CPS has distributed to dozens and dozens of schools. Of course, CPS does not tell teachers they are giving up all these things. They merely offer an incredibly simplistic formula (90 minutes for 2% pay) and only list articles and appendices by number or letter. I am not surprised CPS leaves out even the most general summary of this content. The less teachers know about what they are giving up the more likely they will vote to waive their rights.

    The content of those articles and appendices - approximately 100 pages worth - extend far, far beyond just the length of the school day and a $1,250 one time payment (not a 2% raise). The list above is actually only a partial sample. It is not comprehensive.

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    In reply to Anonymous:

    here is an image of the actual STEM ballot prepared by the CPS Law Dept. not the principal and school delegate as per Appx C.

    http://www.substancenews.net/assets/images2/454728459.jpg

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    The teachers at those five schools waived all of this? Do they know this? WOW!

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    Yeah, I'm less angry and more concerned. These will likely result in terrible conditions for students.

  • In reply to Xian Barrett:

    I haven't waded through all the provisions, but what is likely to be the actual practical effect on students?

    The listed topics appear to be waived to permit implementation of the longer school day without triggering various obligations, those obligations of course replaced with the lump-sum payment.

    One other observation: detailed work rules are a foreign concept for most professionals. Eye-rollers, really, and not a particularly fertile ground in the PR war.

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    In reply to WestLooper:

    This is just from a cursory analysis, but the biggest impact on students is likely to be instructors with too high of a total student load. The ability of an administration to add extra uncompensated instructional time with almost certainly lead to an erosion of the preparation and reflection on each moment taught.

    NBCT is not the greatest thing in the world that some believe it to be, but it is a good avenue for professional development for educators who want to put in extra reflective time. And it's certainly something that policymakers point to when they are asked to focus on what "quality teaching" is.

    So to encourage teachers to vote away other teachers' earned and promised bonuses will have some effect on morale. I don't know the extent of it yet, but as I said, I'm concerned.

    The most devastating sections are the one's that articulate that educators not have voice on how the time is used and or professional development.

    Beyond some labor-management struggle, we've already seen how well professional development works when it's mostly top down, why would we move further in that direction? What's the motivation to ensure no educator voice in the development? Where's the accountability for school and district leadership?

    When great teachers have normal human flaws in parts of their instruction, without a PD mechanism, they are likely to be on the path to termination.

    Their students will pay the price for that transiency.

    Finally, I'm skeptical of anything that takes voice away from parents. Again, CPS already does far too many things unilaterally and attempts to buy-in parents later. While this particular provision might not have a lot of direct impact, it certainly speaks to a broader trend of "contractor and district choice" and less "parent choice".

  • Probably not, and it is sad that their principals care more about going up the ladder in CPS than the employees. Unhappy employees do affect the school climate. I am also betting that the union delegate did not read the waiver or sold out the staff for a cushy, non-classroom position. Interesting, that these are all elementary schools which are staffed by women who may be non -tenured, scared to transfer, or in the last year before retirement or quitting....something happened. Personally, I am amazed at their stupidity-low self-esteem or Stockholm syndrome?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    There is no career ladder for CPS principals. Whay going-up ladder are you talking about? brizard and rahm are 'doing it' to principals--They call it: Bounded Autonomy=you are in chains while you are free.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Yes, a career ladder will take an aspiring principal to the "network" office or CO office-more money -less responsibility and even less contact with children. Some of these principals came in as teachers less than ten years ago and couldn't wait to get out of the classroom. What makes anyone think they want to stay in a school?

    I will agree that Buzzard and Rham ma dam are "doing it to principals" AKA BOHICA CPS style BUT all of you principals clap at the fifth grade level Powerpoint presented to you by him....hint...do not clap.

    My principal hasn't presented this waiver to us and no one from CO has flown in on a broomstick. So the questions remains, why would any principal "stick it" to their staff if not for personal gain? There are no studies to show that a longer day filled with games/study/homework/recess/extra lunch time results in higher scores and scores are where it is at in CPS.

    So, please do not stick up for these self-serving, unethical principals who tarnish those of you who care about their schools. Maybe if they had taught longer, better, harder duirng their teaching years (as short as they were) they would know that this scheme will not bode well for the schools.

    We are obviously short of qualified, thinking administrators if they are so easily manipulated by Buzzard and Company.

    What new teacher would want to come to CPS to work under a principal who has no moral compass?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    You can't think that being a netwrork head is a climb up? Some 'chiefs' have not even been a principal in CPS--one is waiting for retirement, another had cheatum leave her in the dust, another has death on his hands with his turnaround strategy. And then they work for a valley sounding inexperienced education head who makes the case against bilingual education. Any great principal in CPS does not want the job and is still serving as a principal.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Exactly what biblical miracle has this Cheatham character effected to warrant a salary of $171,000 per year. I hear that she had no principal experience, enforced a very strict assembly-line pedagogy and that her overall Area 9 achievement was second-string at best.

  • The waivers are listed within the Complaint filed with IELRB posted at the Daily Kos. Take a look (see the copy of the Wavier teachers voted for, prepared by CPS law department).

  • The downright underhanded, unethical behaviors of these principals would not be tolerated in suburbia. These are role models? I would not work for any of them. Check out the schools' web-sites-two have not been updated since 2008-very telling. One of these principals was a teacher at Burroughs along a teacher who became principal at LVHS and fired four teachers who did not kiss her posterior. Concidence? Who trained/mentored them?

    Good principals (some who were delegates) use the CTU to their advantage and respect the need for it...poor/inept principals have always viewed the CTU as a threat...

    Time will tell in these schools...

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Stagg School held a waiver vote and one teacher voted for it, 24 voted against it....this would be a school to transfer to, if you are a teacher who was coerced by an underhanded principal to pass the waiver... many school principals are not even wasting time asking for the vote as it is a waste of valuable prep time....

  • Settle down there.

    First, a complaint is just a set of allegations and their truth should not be assumed. After all, let's remember who's making them. Second, the votes in these schools was pretty significant in favor the longer day without a lot of incentive. Third, each of the waivers was signed by the school delegate which certified that everyting was in order. While it looks like CTU claims that the STEM delegate really wasn't a delegate yet, it looks like he had been elected. Fourth there are reports that CTU reps tried to put a pretty hard squeeze on some teachers last weekend and that is why the STEM principal told her staff that they didn't have to be harrassed by them.

    So wait until all the facts are out and let's see who the dirty tricksters are. You may find some dirty hands at the Merchandise Mart too (knock me over with a feather) and in some teachers who didn't get their way at these schools.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    ...not a lot of incentive but reads like alot of coercion...read the complaint...and time will tell, it always does...the good teachers will leave a school when the principal is a bully...parents need to know this...my principal brought this up at a staff meeting and said I know you all work very hard so I would not even ask this of you-end of story....after 2012 when the retiree exodus begins, teachers will be able to transfer and do you think competent teachers will work for a bully?...if you know anything about teachers there are school where 25+ teachers have transferred/left to get away from an incompetent/bullying principal...sad that some of these principals will be rewarded by CO for their chicanery...sh-- rises in the toilet bowl that is CO

  • My point is and was, Chicago is going to need to do some soul searching and decide what is important. This fight should not be fought right here or right now. Those of you, who feel that Chicago students need academic intervention right now, start a tutoring program after school and volunteer. The bottom line, the longer school day is yours, July 1, 2012. If you would like it sooner, teachers are not opposed, however you will need to compensate accordingly and you will need to respect the collective bargaining agreement which exists. Reread the complaint and then ask is this the best time for a drag out labor relations war that will become a national embarrassment. "Don’t' cut off nose to spite your face” President Obama has already sent his messenger to Chicago regarding this. This is a quote made by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan while visiting Chicago this week. “While you have an opportunity that students have a longer day, more opportunities to learn, teachers should be compensated for that extra work,” Duncan said. “This is a no brainer. This is not hard. Let’s be inclusive. Let’s be thoughtful. Bring folks to the table. Let’s get this done.’’

  • In reply to teach4chicago:

    CPS Admin inept beyond compare! These clowns continue the factory model of schooling alive and well! No change forthcoming by Rahm's CEO Brizard. What happens during the school day where CPS place mandates that interfere with instruction and are not used in world class school districts, is what needs to be addressed. Rahm can't hide the fact that the present operation is not going to change much and he needs a side show to take away our eyes on the day to day operation continued by Brizard. That is the real story, more of the same with inept administrators.

  • CPS says that it's batting 100 percent, while CTU says that 30 schools have turned the extended day proposal down, according to CNC -- there's a dispute in particular over what happened at stagg

    http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/city-union-versions-conflict-on-longer-school-day-votes/

    via mike klonsky

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    I always though a waiver vote could only waive one contractual article not several. Does anyone have any clarification on the waiver process?

    Our principal said he would not insult us by even asking for this waiver....I appreciate his ethical considerations for his staff.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Our principal doesn't want to have a waiver vote either.

  • I thought the observations posted by Anonymous above on the additional aspects of the existing CTU contract impacted by the waiver format developed by CPS were astute. The question that I have after reading this post is how do these eliminations relate to SB7. It seems to me that the waiver eliminations reflect an attempt to cut out as many references as possible to issues relating to “time.” For example the elimination of the reference relating to additional pay for teaching classes beyond the normal maximum course load is very clearly time related.

    As I have said many times SB7 changes everything and teachers have not grasped this all yet. Part of the reason for this is that the CTU has not laid out a worse case scenario to its members. Everything that the waiver eliminates relating to time the CTU is effectively banned from now bargaining over by SB7. As Ben Franklin has said time is money.

    Teachers are considered to be exempt employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). An exempt employee has virtually "no rights at all" under the FLSA overtime rules. About all an exempt employee is entitled to under the FLSA is to receive the full amount of the base salary in any work period during which s/he performs any work (less any permissible deductions). Nothing in the FLSA prohibits an employer from requiring exempt employees to "punch a clock," or work a particular schedule, or "make up" time lost due to absences. Nor does the FLSA limit the amount of work time an employer may require or expect from any employee, on any
schedule. ("Mandatory overtime" is not restricted by the FLSA.)

    In Illinois we have a separate act for public education teachers. This Act is silent on the issue of mandatory overtime for professional employees and now that SB7 will ban only CTU teachers from bargaining over time of work in the school day this issue becomes very complex. It seems clear that SB7 creates a very different system for the CTU in relation to payment for time and if CPS does not agree to bargain over payments for work time beyond the normal instructional day teachers are in a very difficult situation.

    SB7 creates a bargaining nightmare for the CTU and this has not been explained at all to the members of the union by its leadership possibly because the union does not have a clear understanding itself.

    The waiver litigation is not doubt just the beginning of an extensive period of litigation that will be driven by SB7. The fact that SB7 allows CPS next year to impose a school day on teachers even if there is not agreement on how much teachers will be paid creates an incentive for CPS not to reach a deal. The fact that teachers are voting for waivers indicates reaching the 75% barrier for a strike could be a big problem.

    Rod Estvan

  • What was most hypocritical about Obama's speech was that he lauded unions. Meanwhile his buddies back in Chicago seek to destroy all unions. Its looking like Obama is a one term president.

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    Duncan comes out saying that teachers should be paid double...
    ...he probably left out "in a charter school under merit pay".

  • Rahm's CPS Keeps teachers shackled to the antiquated and obsolete factory method of schooling. Rahm hired hacks that can't administer their way out of a paper bag. Folks should post here on District 299 the mismanagement by CEO Brizard and cronies as the move through the year. Rahm will do anything to keep eyes off his management team. That is the real deal.

  • Brizard naed it boundd autonomy=you are chained while you are free.

  • Rahm and Co. are engaging in some of the oldest and most despicable of union-busting tactics.

    Read the following from the book (from a veritable Obi-wan/Yoda in the art of union smashing):

    "CONFESSIONS OF A UNION BUSTER",

    by Martin Jay Levitt:(CAPS are mine)

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    "Union Busting #16

    "Favoritism and Division - Tactic #16

    "MANAGEMENT SHOULD TRY AND REWARD COOPERATIVE OR 'LOYAL' WORKERS, WHILE SLANDERING AND PUSHING THOSE WHO UNCOOPERATIVE AND 'DISLOYAL'.

    "SUCH WORKERS MAY RECEIVE SPECIAL FAVORS, EXTRA TIME OFF, AND OTHER SUCH BONUSES. PRO-UNION WORKERS ARE are forced to undergo ever-tighter scrutiny, and are CONFRONTED WITH SCURRILOUS RUMORS SPREAD BY THE ANTI-UNION CAMPAIGN.

    "Whenever the union attempts to hold constructive meetings of potential union members, a group of anti-union employees may be sent by union busting consultants with instructions to disrupt the meeting and PUT THE UNION ON THE DEFENSIVE.

    "The anti-union employees might shout and sneer, or ask hostile, misleading questions. Some of them may be tasked with jotting down profuse notes whenever someone speaks to make pro-union workers uncomfortable.

    "THE COMPANY GAINS FROM ANY DEFENSIVE OR ANIMOSITY CREATED BY SUCH TACTICS, FOR THE UNION CAN BE BLAMED FOR DRIVING 'A WEDGE OF HATE INTO A ONCE-UNIFIED WORK FORCE.' "[39]

    [39] Confessions of a Union Buster, Martin Jay Levitt, 1993, pages 3, 28, 30, and 102-103."

  • Rahm should read his holy book. David had needed prodding by the prophets when he lost his way.. David did lose his way big time! Rahm, Lewis is calling you on your BS. Admit your under handed Machine political plays and DO THE RIGHT THING!

  • honor roll -- 470+ schools that have said no thanks

    speaking of which, how are principals being told to push this (anyone seen the email) and how do they get teachers to meet and consider such a thing in all the franticness of the start of the school year? emergency meeting? would love to see one of those announcements, too.

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