Karen Lewis Live, Uncensored

I hate to start the week this way but here's a video clip of CTU president Karen Lewis pacing the stage and going off about a variety of topics including offensive cartoons published in the Tribune and Arne Duncan's speech impediment (about which I have long asked the Duncan press team but never received any response).  The edited version of video is apparently taken from Lewis' appearance at a NW TSJ conference.  The video is described in a conservative website called Town Hall here.  "This is the best the Chicago school employees have to offer? If this is who the teachers choose to represent them, it’s easier to understand why the schools are in such dire academic straights [sic]."  The full version of the video is here.

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  • Wow. I've said before, she is just like Rush Limbaugh. She's an incredibly engaging speaker with a flair for entertaining. I honestly wanted to keep watching. She had me hooked, just like Rush, with simulataneous outrage and curiosity.

    But importantly, like Rush, also has the ability to take small random pieces of info and distort them into soundbytes that helps her make her point. Arne didn't take math or science? Really? Good comedy, but let's talk some relevant facts, please.

    I wish we could channel her powers upon the decision-makers who have placed IL at the bottom of the education funding heap in the U.S. The lady knows how to incite a reaction.

  • When I want to be entertained, I rely on an entertainer such as Rush Limbaugh to entertain me. Ms. Lewis is a public figure representing the teachers who educate my children. I do not look to her for entertainment nor do I find her glorification of marijuana use, mockery of Arne Duncan's speech impediment or jail cell toilet talk particularly amusing. Frankly I expect more from someone who is representing Chicago's teaching profession. What point is she trying to make, other than to showcase her unsuitability for the high profile job she holds?

  • CTU response to the video is pretty non-apologetic:

    Chicago Teachers Union President criticized for remarks during a speech in Seattle
    CHICAGO – Today, the Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement in response to a viral video promoted by right-wing, anti-public education advocates. The edited clip features remarks made by President Karen GJ Lewis in a keynote address before the Rethinking Schools - Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference which convened in Seattle last month:
    “Karen Lewis has always been candid and outspoken when discussing the personalities and policies that have adversely impacted public education in our nation. The observations she made about herself and other public figures were an attempt at humor and candor before a live audience. Though these comments were made more than a month ago, today they are being presented out of context in order to shift the focus from bad public policy decisions in education to attacks on her character,” said CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin.
    “While she may never be honored with the Mark Twain Award for comedy, President Lewis’ opinions and self-deprecating humor were an attempt to lighten the mood during a long and serious discussion about the on-going campaign to blame and vilify teachers for everything wrong with public education.”
    "We who have spent our lives educating children can't help but be hurt and defensive about the attacks on our effectiveness and commitment to improving our schools and the future of our students," says Lewis. "As a classroom teacher with more than two decades of experience and now as a leader of the third largest teachers union in the country, this teaches me that I can never let frustrations get in the way of carrying out my responsibilities as a leader."

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    here's what seems like a second, slightly different version of the CTU press release

    Chicago Teachers Union President spoke to U.S. Education Secretary about candid remarks

    CHICAGO – Today, the Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement in response to a viral video promoted by right-wing, anti-public education advocates. The edited clip features remarks made by President Karen GJ Lewis in a keynote address before the Rethinking Schools - Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference which convened in Seattle last month.

    This afternoon, Lewis spoke with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and explained her comments:

    “Karen Lewis has always been candid and outspoken when discussing the personalities and policies that have adversely impacted public education in our nation. The observations she made about herself and other public figures were an attempt at humor and candor before a live audience. Though these comments were made more than a month ago, today they are being presented out of context in order to shift the focus from bad public policy decisions in education to attacks on her character,” said CTU spokeswoman Stephanie Gadlin.

    “While she may never be honored with the Mark Twain Award for comedy, President Lewis’ opinions and self-deprecating humor were an attempt to lighten the mood during a long and serious discussion about the on-going campaign to blame and vilify teachers for everything wrong with public education.”

    "We who have spent our lives educating children can't help but be hurt and defensive about the attacks on our effectiveness and commitment to improving our schools and the future of our students," says Lewis. "As a classroom teacher with more than two decades of experience and now as a leader of the third largest teachers union in the country, this teaches me that I can never let frustrations get in the way of carrying out my responsibilities as a leader."
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  • "Twenty years of effectiveness and commitment to improving our schools and the future of our students" ?

    Please Ms. Lewis, keep your sense of humor, your candor and most importantly your committment to improving the schools and the future of our students to yourself. Get out of the way, and let someone else lead teachers and help create a better public school system for the children of Chicago.

  • anniesullivan

    Go Karen Go! Stop with the feigned shock! Where was your shock when previous CPS heads were bleeding the system dry? I will take Karen with all of her flaws (should she have said all of things she said, probably not) because she truly cares about the children which is what this is all about! Her candor is refreshing! Please run some of the lying BS speeches from Hubie, Vallas, Love, Hannon just to name a few of the people who become very wealthy after leaving CPS.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Amen! No Research Duncan ran the Ren 2010 debacle and No Research Rahm is continuing the practice of running the school system into the ground. Top administration runs CPS, not the teachers nor the union. It is all about bringing about the Walmartization of public education. That is truly reprehensible!

  • Yes, Karen, it was mean to mock Arne Duncan's lisp. He hasn't made fun of your obesity.

    Duncan has worked tirelessly the past dozen years on behalf of public education. If you have policy differences with him, you should discuss those ideas and not resort to ridiculous ad hominem attacks.

    And, Karen, Arne Duncan didn't go along with crafting a state law that requires a 75% vote for Chicago teachers to strike. That was you.

    --Danny van Over

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Duncan worked tirelessly on damaging public education. What planet are you on. Duncan never had NO qualifications to run CPS much less the Department of Education. None! Danadh, are you on your meds or off? Duncan was a disaster by any measure.

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    I agree that it was wrong to make fun of Arne's lisp - but then again, remember when Arne tried to cut 200 special ed teachers from CPS? So, it's not like Arne has any empathy for the most vulnerable… And as far as 'working tirelessly'? sure!, if you count all the real-estate deals he was cutting with charters and their EMOs, and his secret list of Selective Enrollment applicants - you know, Johnny can't pass the test, but has daddy connections…..so much for representing the public interest… And then of course, there is Race to the Top - bribing states to pass legislation that makes it easier to fire people en mass!…and in an era of skyrocketing unemployment to boot…Arne works tirelessly for the wealthy and only the wealthy…

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    When I cut through the smog of rhetoric and just look plainly at the results, I have to agree with vinicisdm and anonymous. Duncan has pushed policies that have proven to increase unemployment in a time when unemployment is America's number one crises…

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    The lack of critical reading here is apalling. When I wrote the following paragraph I did not endorse Duncan's tenure as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools. Compared to his predecessor, I believe the schools stagnated under him.

    "Duncan has worked tirelessly the past dozen years on behalf of public education. If you have policy differences with him, you should discuss those ideas and not resort to ridiculous ad hominem attacks."

    Furthermore, Duncan was promoted to Secretary of Education because his views on education, charter schools, merit pay, and accountability mirrored those of President Obama. And yet, I would bet that nearly everyone criticizing Duncan here voted for Obama in 2008--even though he clearly stated his views on education.

    But beyond all that, Duncan did not do as much damage to the Chicago Teachers Union as Karen Lewis did by agreeing to the 75% strike provision.

    --Danny

  • You'd probably have to work in public education or have a kid with a disability to get the insider joke about Arne Duncan's "lisp." Private schools, as a rule, don't assess for special needs and don't provide services to address those needs, such as speech therapy. So, it was a private v. public schools joke, while also a dig at Arne Duncan, imho. This was just political comedy. (In real life, wasn't Duncan's mom a teacher? If so, she'd have likely had his speech impediment addressed by health care professionals to the extent possible when he was a kid. Just guessing.)

  • This is horrifying and unprofessional. Can you imagine the outcry if Arne Duncan, Brizard or Rham publicly mocked the way Karen Lewis looked or made cavalier statements about doing drugs? And she did all of this with kids in the audience. I'm embarrassed to be a teacher that she supposedly represents. How can anyone think this is appropriate?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    You jest. Foul Mouth Rham has been known to throw out four letter words with no problem in front of a camera and public for a long time. Get your facts straight. That is the least of Rahm's sins. Rahm's all out attack on public education is the real horrific story. How can you propose tu run the third largest public school district by hiring fourth rate help. Not leaders but "help". A total slap in the face of all children in neighborhood schools. Rahm did not hire a leader in Brizard but a puppet.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    kids were not supposed to be in the audience..the presentation was supposed to be for adults - get over it - she's not a professional entertainer - unfortunately, that is exactly what we tend to elect - well marketed, well advertised, camera-friendly sales-pitchers - and give up the "this is horrifying" act - as if you are actually 'horrified' you sanctimonious self-righteous hypocrite

  • lewis has apologized to duncan, according to this sun times story:

    “She apologized, he accepted it, and he’s moving forward,” said the spokesman, Peter Cunningham.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/education/8831372-418/ctu-president-karen-lewis-jokes-about-education-secretary-duncans-lisp-her-smoking-pot.html

  • I am appalled.

    The first rule of professional debating is to argue the point not the person.

    This display of senseless rambling did not improve the reputation or image of CTU members. It quite possibly may have harmed it.

    Karen Lewis has a responsibility to the members to at least maintain a professional demeanor when in public representing the members of CTU. She is not a comedian and the issues at hand are not funny. One joke, maybe two, but a 5 minute rant................not.

    Just because Rahm may say some untoward things in public does not make it right. Two wrongs don't make a right.

    Jackie, Debbie, Marilyn were all class acts in public.

    So what she apologized. You cannot remove that 4 minute video; it is hear forever representing the members of CTU.

  • In reply to watchingandwaiting:

    Ooops.

    "It is here.....'

  • In reply to watchingandwaiting:

    maybe you didn't notice - it wasn't a debate...in order for it to be a debate, there has to be more than one person on the floor...
    and by the way, there is no debate about it - Arne speaks with a lisp - and from both sides of his mouth

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    I think you mean to say, "both sides of his mouf"

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    In reply to watchingandwaiting:

    This is what happens when people can't figure out how to "fix" education. All kinds of interest groups pop up with ideas that aren't going to make any difference either. So they try to bring others down in order to make themselves look better instead of trying to work together with teachers as allies. In the end, they know they will somehow get paid if their ideas are entertained even though they will end up in failure like everything else.

    As of this date, I still have never heard of any urban school district successfully closing any achievement gap anywhere in the country. And I'm sure by now that every idea possible has been attempted only to end in failure. That is because the root of the problem is never addressed and it is very simple:

    If an individual creates a system that tests a student knowledge that is generated from both inside the school and outside the school, and the standards for failing and passing are created from that same knowledge that is generated from both inside and outside the school, then naturally any student is going to tested as "left behind" if they do not generate knowledge from outside the school, an environment in which educators have little or no control.

    Take for example three students taking piano lessons from the same teacher in a classroom, a great teacher who is the best in his profession. Student A goes home and practices 4 hours a day; Student B goes home and practices 2 hours a day; and student C goes home and never practices. A test is generated every year to determine the standards of where they should be at based on the highest level of performance possible from each individual in this group. Naturally, Student A would exceed standards; Student B would meet standards; and Student C would be below standards. Will changing the teacher or how they teach close this gap? No. Now separate all three types of these students into different schools and keep the same level of professional teaching. School A exceeds; school B meets standards; and school C is below standards. Nothing changes. Will changing the teachers or how they teach change this gap? No. Will closing the school and sending them to other schools change this gap? No. But ignorance now labels this great teacher a "poor" teacher and the school principal a "poor" leader and a variety of changes and ideas are created only to fail in the same way over and over again.

    The only thing that will close the achievement gap is for students to study outside the school the same amount of hours that the average person studied to get to the top of the achievement gap. And the longer the student waits in years to start studying at home, the more hours extra they are going to have to put in to catch up.

    That's the reality and the root of the problem. And if you think over a 1000 hours of being academically behind after a K-8 education without any home education can be made up within the regular high school day by the time they take the PSAE and ACT, you are wasting people's time and stealing investor's money who supported your flawed ideas. It is not mathematically possible to close the achievement gap during regular school hours even with the best teachers and that is why schools continue to fail decades after decades with worthless ideas that someone will get conned into funding because they lack the basic understanding of how the achievement gap was created to begin with.

  • In reply to drmarkthompson:

    As I stated...a serious problem which should not be joked about by Education leaders and Karen Lewis is a leader.

  • In reply to drmarkthompson:

    Personally, I think I would adapt a more civilized and rational model of effective schooling from Finland, Singapore or New Zealand. They use our education research and know how to implement it. In essence, drop Ren 2010 BS and mayor control!

  • In reply to watchingandwaiting:

    Marilyn was making the crappy inside deals behind closed doors. No transparency. I want my money back from that slackers term in office. Marilyn was a do nothing leader! Truth hurts! Under Marilyn, CTU was in the kept in the shadows as the workplace environments were moving from worse to intolerable. Karen Lewis has my support!

  • And you were the one who said that she was much different in private, and we weren't supposed to comment on her public appearance?

    If she is running a PR campaign on behalf of the teachers, it appears that she needs some advice. Apparently a couple of former members of the CTA Ministry of Information are looking for work.

  • I don't get it . . . first she denigrates Lewis for having a speech impediment (who knew), then Duncan . . . WTF? she's a teacher? Thank God she's no longer in the classroom.

  • Arne ith a big boy. I'm thure he heard much worthe when he wath playing thenter for the Thydney Thwans of the Authtralian Bathketball Ath-o-thee-a-thun.

    Thith may theem mean, but it ith nothing compared to the havoc he hath wrought on public educathun.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    really? you want to justify KL's remarks and mock someone's disability?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Alex, please! Oh sensitive Alex! Compare the destruction done by Department of Education under Duncan with KL's remarks. Get a grip Alex!

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Oh.. Alex works for Big Boy Scholastic! hmmm Alex has gone.. been corporate!

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Amen,
    This site has gone over to the dark side. Alex has forgotten what it is like to be a teacher.

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    You know what? Stop. Stop. Not having it anymore. Real tired - REAL tired of white men feeling free to make all the nasty, sexist, catty inferences they want, but if a person of color crosses the line - WHOMP! hit upside the head with Robert's Rules of Order.
    YOU are not in a position to presume to be giving lessons on ettiquette, sensitivity or journalistic standards.
    I don't see you making ANY effort to censor the crude remarks on Lewis that are spewed all over this thread.
    Understand this - everything she said was true. The fact that she said doesn't make her the cause of his problem. The majority of teachers in the schools I've been in this week are only annoyed -not aghast, not horrified, not disgusted - by her remarks because it gives the brain stems in cable-news crowd an excuse to start screaming like stuck pigs and derail the discussion in favor of arguing PC points which they themselves do not follow.
    My niece has - or rather had a similar speech impediment. Her mom, at my suggestion, had her evaluated in the local public school and made eligible for therapy, which she received as a dually enrolled student while attending parochial school. I am sure that Arne's tony parents were certain that there was nothing their public school could offer that could surpass the august awesomeness of the Lab School. Their loss. Fortunately for my niece her smart auntie had personal knowledge of what AMAZING service our clinical staff gives our students. For many of them, our school staff may be the only medical or therapeutic staff that sees them for months. They take that responsibility seriously.
    She didn't mock his disablilty. She made observations on the consequences of generational arrogance and disdain, and the irony that springs from the victims of that arrogance trying to guide a system in which he does not believe.

  • thee wath tha thothiology maythor

  • yes - he took advantage of the disadvantaged - and just because kids made fun of him when he was in school, it doesn't give him the right to take it out on all of America's kids...

  • This was horrible. If anyone of us had said these things in a school meeting, we would bbe rightly disciplined or filing grievances against an administrator. The president of the Union is elected to represent the membership. This was not good representation - it was selfish, childish, and damaging to teachers. It not only places Lewis in a bad light but makes the membership's judgment in electing her questionable. This is the same person leading contract negotiations? Observations about the CEOs might be true, but this particular "speech" changes the conversation from the issues we care about to whether or not Lewis is a suitable president - not a good position when faced with CONTRACT negotiations.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    I agree with you. This was horrible. People now think she is a bigger joke then before! She needs to step down! She can not represent us. Yes she was selfish and just plain stupid. Maybe those drugs did a lot more damage to her brain.

  • The point being, professionals discuss the point, not the people. It was lost on you and evidently on Karen Lewis.

    At a time when we are in the midst of an anti-bullying campaign Karen Lewis perpetuates the "bully" in the school by picking on someone with a disability.

    Arne may lisp and you may not like the way he operated, but he has played the game well enough to get much further as a professional than Karen and many reading this blog ever will.

    At no time and in no way is this behavior acceptable from the President of Chicago Teachers Union.

    If this is what can be anticipated in the upcoming contract negotiations everyone should up-date their resumes now.

  • In reply to watchingandwaiting:

    Playing the game? Which one, Australian Basketball or pickup games with the president? Is that what Arne is doing, playing a game? Using connections to gain positions for which he is unqualified? He may have "gone farther" than I ever will, but I prefer to stand on my own two feet. A good jump shot should never be considered one's primary qualification for a cabinet level position.

    Dismantling public education isn't a game. Arne is a tool of immoral corporate interests. To equate Karen's "bullying" with his anti-student deforms is completely imbalanced.

  • the whole thing is a national disgrace - NCLB, Arne Duncan, Race to the Top, education CEOs, calling education a civil rights issue and then violating every civil right bled for… closing schools, firing teachers, testing contracts, EMOs - every advertising and marketing technique in the book, all packaged neatly to profit off the poor…the whole thing is sick

  • Arne's major was Sociology, not Pedagogy. Another unqualified Daley stooge.

  • In reply to FrontRow:

    Hello "Front Row"
    How is Uncle Dave?

  • President Lewis's performance at Rethinking Schools - Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference in an odd way was the mirror opposite of Josh Edelman's performance at the Aspen Institute. In both cases the targets of the video uproar believed they were fundamentally in an environment of like thinkers. I guess we all play to our immediate audience don't we.

    We should not however, lose sight of the real issues before the CTU and CPS. That of course is the contract after June and its implications for the learning of students in the system. Figuring out a rational pay scale for teachers in a situation where the employer by law does not have to clearly establish the length of the work day or most other non-monetary issues will be no simple thing. We need to recall that for many years before the CTU got its first written contract in 1967 it operated and negotiated with CPS to protect and promote the interests of its members without any written contract. Once CTU got its very first contract it is was called by Sherman Carmell who represented many labor organizations back in 1967 "one of the most comprehensive I have ever seen" (Chicago Tribune May 23, 1988).

    It is very unlikely that the next contract will be in any way comprehensive and I suspect that those on the blog who are unhappy with President Lewis will be unhappy with whatever ends up being agreed to. Hopefully, contract discussions will continue and something will be worked out. The larger social issues that President Lewis involves herself with are very important and are policy drivers. In the current context in our nation unions can't retreat back to bread and butter unionism combined with fund raising for democrats and expect to survive. It is these larger social issues that drove the less than thoughtful comments by President Lewis at the conference, but for teachers and parents to think they can retreat from the big issues like No Child Left Behind, school choice, and privatization is delusional.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod, while I don't always agree with your positions, I admire the thought and introspection that goes into your posts. I give your ideas the consideration they deserve because you have earned my respect. Is it too much to ask for the leader of the Chicago Teachers Union to take the intellectual high road rather than go for the cheap shot or snarky sound byte? If I was a dues-paying member of the CTU, I would be deeply disappointed by Ms. Lewis' performance.

  • In reply to mrobertson718:

    It clearly is understandable that many CTU members would be disappointed by Ms. Lewis' performance. I would also suggest that many supporters of school choice and the Stand for Children's agenda were very upset with Mr. Edelman's comments at the Aspen Institute that also became big news. That is why I believe President Lewis' performance at Rethinking Schools - Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference in an odd way was the mirror opposite of Josh Edelman's performance at the Aspen Institute.

    I have pretty deep disagreements with Sec Duncan but I don't see the advantage to children with disabilities whose interests I get paid to represent to trash him. While I try to be honest I also attempt to be restrained. Do I think he should have been appointed - no I don't. In fact once I found out Mr. Duncan was being considered by then President Elect Obama for the job I attempted using every possible point of access to the then President elect to lobby against the appointment.

    Even when there were groups of young people with disabilities picketing Mr. Duncan's Hyde Park home in outrage over his special education cuts several years ago I personally had reservations about this level of intervention in his private life and I did not participate in that event. I understood how upset these students and their parents were and I also understand the level of anger President Lewis has for some of Sec. Duncan's positions. Arne Duncan knew how I felt about the hundreds of special education positions he cut because I told him so to his face at a Board meeting along with the late Mr. Scott. But you know President Obama appointed Mr. Duncan so despite my issues with him I have to show some level of respect for the position he has been given.

    So that is how I see it.

    Rod Estvan

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    I was apalled after viewing Union President Lewis' diatribe. And she calls herself a leader and educator? Did she think she was at a comedy club as the featured headliner? Why isn't anyone calling for her resignation after rudely insulting Mr. Duncan, a real leader and educator with some real class?

  • In reply to NancyC:

    I did think "recall" and am glad at least one other person felt as strongly.

  • In reply to NancyC:

    You should be horrified and appalled by what Arne Duncan has done…while in Chicago, cutting special ed services, leaving hundreds of our most vulnerable children without teachers…I was a general ed teacher during that time - eight special ed kids were literally dumped into my already overcrowded classroom…no books, no services…none!

    what is really sickening is that Duncan strategically made the deepest cuts in low-income and minority schools where he knew his injustice would be ignored by the media… apparently, Nancy, in your world, "Words speak louder than actions"

  • Arne accepted her apology and is moving forward. Yeah, he has moved right to the planning table with Rahm/Brizzard who will get payback at the contract table.

    Can she really be effective at that table now?

  • I find her remarks to be cruel and inexcusable. However, if Rahm can rebound from "f#ck you Lewis!" She can rebound from this.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Yeah, but Rahm did not do it on camera creating a video that is being viewed worldwide.

  • Karen, my , my , my!

  • The extra 90 minutes in the school day should be devoted to Karen Lewis so she can take a class on class.

  • Did anyone think that this whole Karen Lewis debacle might be something she did on purpose? Could she be smart enough to orchestrate such questionable behavior, knowing that the Union members would demand she resign? If she were to resign, someone else would be in charge of negotiating the new contract, relieving her of the hard part. Could Karen Lewis be that smarmy? Just a thought.

  • In reply to Daphne:

    NO, JUST YOU!

  • It was a comedy act:
    "Local media outlets picked up a video of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis making jokes about U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and herself during a teachers' conference in Seattle earlier this year. Lewis, the Sun-Times notes, is a former stand-up comic. Lewis on Monday called Duncan to apologize, according to the Tribune." - Catalyst

  • I think it's important to put these comments in context. There is a national campaign to destroy public sector unions and teacher unions in particular. The attempts to run a character assassination of one of the most militant and eloquent leaders against school closings, an advocate for fully funded education, an educator that demands the end of drill and kill curriculum and supports a robust and profound curriculum with plenty of professional development, etc, is unacceptable. Were these comments a mistake? Sure. Were the taken out of context for the purpose of a smear campaign? You betcha!
    Karen Lewis, Randi Weingarten and other teacher union leaders are under a magnifying glass like no other union officials have been in modern times. Throwing them under the bus in times of duress, when they are fighting for the very existence of public schools, is not the way forward.

  • In reply to jpotter:

    People should know that CTU is more than Karen Lewis. The work at the ground level has started. Big media wants to make the case for a cult of personality. Sorry, I am not buying it. CTU members know that unity is key and the trolls known and unknown won't deter the work of CTU. Amen!

  • Resign Karen. The public already hates teachers and you just weakened all of us. You are ridiculous and an embarrassment. Just go away. You have damaged the people you represent. Shame on you. Funny, didn't you just caution the House of Delegates not speak to the media unless they were "trained"? I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in you.

    And for goodness sake, buy a decent bra! (How did that feel?)

  • this issue does not deserve this much play…time to move on to more important matters than a joke about a lisp…he's got a lisp…she's overweight…next subject

  • No, we're not done here. Arne didn't mock her weight. I like good stand-up comedy as much as the next person, but....

    I did not get my 4% raise, I'll have to work a longer day probably for no more money, and the public is saying, "Well, you elected her. You picked her. You chose her to represent teachers. Is that the best you got??"

    I'm sickened by the whole thing. Bragging about using drugs, mocking WHOMEVER about a physical flaw.

    RESIGN KAREN. I voted for you but you blew it. The teachers at my school were just shaking their heads in disgust.

  • Take The Time

    Some of the things Karen said raised my eyebrows a little bit
    So I listened to the entire 30+ minute tape. I wish everyone would.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Raising eyebrows is Rahm's Brizard wanting to pay big dollars , close to $400, 000 our tax dollars, to another consultant known as "Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice" to “provide a school choice matching system. Another waste of our tax money! Over 100 schools have NO SCHOOL LIBRARY. WTF!

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Dear Anonymous

    Not only did I put 41 hard years in South side classrooms and libraries.I also supported Ms.Lewis and voted for her. But the SB7 disaster has made me Wonder what goes on in her head. I do not like sound bites or edited videos. So I watched the whole 30 plus minute speech twice. If You edit out the 2 or 3 minutes of eyebrow raising content and concentrate real hard on the rest of the brilliant monologue. It might make you wonder why you changed the subject.

  • what's the web address for the entire 30 min?

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    try this one
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUGgJ14mL8o

  • Step down Karen! Maybe you are working with the Mayor to destroy our union because this was a great start!

  • In reply to Grandma:

    Get back in your rocking chair grandma!

  • Just saw the entire video; more people should see the entire thing - and Lewis is right about the 75% - why would they want something like that unless they were planning on something really bad for teachers? every single day they have a new attack! and this report card scam was just another example…I really don't know when teachers are finally going to start fighting back - how many times do they have to get slapped in the face? It seems like every day just isn't enough! I hate to say it, they really should strike - actually, they need to…it isn't a matter of should

  • update -- lewis held a press conference today that may or may not have helped patch things up

    http://www.chicagonow.com/district-299-chicago-public-schools-blog/2011/11/lewis-fuels-own-scandal-story/

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