Complaints Against Pilsen Principal

Today's education news:  BGA and CTU debate sick days.  Rahm's polling numbers. TEACH+PLUS gets more federal funding. Problems with Pilsen principal.  Also -- I've been told but haven't confirmed that CPS is still saying it plans on going through with all of the closings this year.  Believe it when I see it, but that's what I'm hearing.

Dozens Of Complaints Filed Against Pilsen Principal CBS Local:  In a statement CPS said “Chicago Public Schools takes every claim of unsafe and unfair workplace practices seriously and, when appropriate, thoroughly investigates them."

Should teachers be allowed to bank on unused sick days and vacation time? WBEZ:  Bob Reed, Director of Programming and Investigations at the Better Government Association, joined Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey to discuss the findings.

Federal funding enriches prep for Chicago teachers Illinois State Magazine: The grant will fund a program aimed at redesigning and fundamentally transforming how teacher education majors are recruited, prepared, inducted, and supported for work in the Chicago Public Schools. This is the third year of a five-year grant.

Race still matters, nonprofit leader says SunTimes: “I know a lot of people don’t like to talk about race. They begin to squirm. ‘We’re living in a post-racial America,’ they say. Well, we’re not,” said the outspoken Christopher.

Chicagoans Happy With Rahm's Job Performance, According To Poll Conducted By Rahm's Office Chicagoist: In a sign that Emanuel is winning the PR battle with the Chicago Teachers Union over a longer school day, 63 percent of those polled said they approve of Emanuel's positions on education and three-fourths of those surveyed are in favor of a longer school day. Via Catalyst

The 10 saltiest foods in the American diet Tribune:  When asked if Chicago Public Schools were wise, then, to serve daily processed breaded spicy chicken patties while forbidding CPS cooks and students to ever salt school vegetables, CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden answered with a resounding , no.

Teacher charged with sexually abusing student at Orland Park high school Sun Times:  Steven Reynolds of Hinsdale, a substitute teacher and freshman basketball coach at Sandburg High School in Orland Park, has been charged with sexually abusing a 17-year-old student.


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  • Brizard tells February 7 meeting that he will push for the full list
    full story @

  • "A recent poll indicates that most Chicagoans are happy with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job performance. However, the poll comes from the Mayor's office. Forget taking the poll with a grain of salt. Dump out the whole shaker."

    Good idea.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Rahm is about making Rahm look good and big, even if he has to do the polling by his own employees. I feel he has a small man complex. Really. This is not for making fun of the Rahm. He really has a short man complex. His way of being just screams it!

  • Sure, most people in the poll support a longer school day. But that does not mean they support a 7.5 hour school day. 6.5 is sufficient, thank you very much.

  • Mayor Emanuel is a very sophisticated politican. If the polling data was totally bogus it would be of no use to him in honing his message to the public. Lets all recall that it was Mr. Emanuel as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee engineered the Democrat take over of the House in 2006. That project required extensive use of polling data. Mayor Emanuel in no dummy.

    Based on my discussions with non-public employees the polling results make sense to me. People like Mayor Emanuel targeting what they precieve as a bloated public sector in Chicago that was fed by the Daley machine. So I agree with the polling data showing that right now the public at large supports the Mayor's position on taking a hard stance against public sector unions like the CTU. Of course that does mean that the Mayor's stance will in the long run be good either for the school district or the students.

    Rod Estvan

  • CTU files EEOC charges against CPS for 2011 layoffs that disproportionately affected black teachers @ctulocal1 @cpsedu

  • I just read the hearing officer's report for Crane written by retired federal judge Coar. I think it was an excellent report and it did not support CPS's plan for relocating Crane intake area students. The report asked the CPS Board to consider a plan developed by the Crane community as an alternative to the CPS proposal. This report can be found at:

    Go down to the Crane section and click hearing officer report.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod, we just met with JC Brizard and his team and ALL CPS school actions are going forth including Crane!

  • That is depressing because I think Judge Coar provided CPS with a very realistic report on the Crane closing. He did not excuse the school's failures, but he did not accept the CPS plan as being any better for the students. I am not going to repeat the arguments that I and others made at the hearing, Judge Coar provided the CPS with a very good summary of those arguments.

    Rod Estvan

  • I wouldn't make my heart race over Brizard's plans to move forward with his actions for Crane. He has the right to move forward on his actions!! However, when he makes his recommendations to the Board of Education, it doesn't mean that they will vote in favor of all his recommendations! They do not have to agree with his recommendations for every single action that he has proposed. The Board has stated that they are not a "Rubber Stamp Board." Therefore, if your plea to keep Crane open is compelling enough, the Board may side with you!! This is the way I have interpreted the process. Now lets watch to see if they are a "Rubber Stamp" board.

  • In reply to Original Grandma:

    Dear Original Grandma, what the Bd of Ed saids and what they do are two different things. Remember, Dave Vitale, president of the school board is in Emperor Emanual hip pocket. P.S.- I;m hoping for the best and expecting the worst. Historically, CPS always removes one or two schools from the hit list. Maybe this year Crane will be removed from the hit list. Don't bet your house though!

  • I just finished reading the final reports for both Crane and Dyett. What a difference! The Dyett report contained no thought process or reasoning that was exhibited throughout the Crane report. Looks like Dyett got a rubber stamp hearing officer.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    No reports posted for AUSL schools that I could find....hmmm

  • Ah Greenberg Research. That sounds like a very reputable organization. Let's see, back in 2010 they were consulting for BP and at that time Stan Greenberg was giving Rahm free rent. As a result of his efforts, BP was re-branded a green company. Naturally, after the BP spill this got a bit of press.. They've been Rahm's pollster's since 2002 and they have a tendency of asking very leading questions (at least when they've called me).

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Guilt by association. See Obama/Ayers.

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    (105 ILCS 5/34-18.43) Sec. 34-18.43. Establishing an equitable and effective school facility development process.
    (5) School openings, school closings, school consolidations, school turnarounds, school phase-outs, school construction, school repairs, school modernizations, school boundary changes, and other related school facility decisions often have a profound impact on education in a community. In order to minimize the negative impact of school facility decisions on the community, these decisions should be implemented according to a clear system-wide criteria and with the significant involvement of local school councils, parents, educators, and the community in decision-making.

    seems to me that the community in this years action was actually excluded in the planning. the community was told what and how school actions would take place with the public allowed to comment on the plans.
    but what do i know.

  • In reply to JohnKugler:

    John, it doesn't just seem like it, the community was excluded from the planning! Now run and tell that!

  • If CPS cared and was serious about stopping sexual harassment, there would have been a full investigation on this! It seems this male principal keeps stepping in it. The log of grievances for a small elementary school seems very over the top! Who is this principal connected to politically? I want to know!

  • The CPS Board of Ed. absolutely is a "rubber stamp" for the mayor and his agenda. Anyone who thinks otherwise must be delusional!

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