Year-Round Calendar For Everyone?

Here's today's education news:  Year-round calendar for everyone.  Paid maternity leave.  Teacher defending "n-word" use.  Opinion pieces on Noble Street fines (against), need for trust (for) and longer school day (for).

All CPS Schools May Be Shifted To One Calendar CBS: All 400,000 students in the Chicago Public Schools system may be headed to classes year-round, on a brand-new calendar for everyone. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov reports.

Non-union CPS employees to get paid maternity and sick leave Sun Times: Chicago Public School principals and other non-union employees would for the first time receive paid maternity and illness leaves — but could no longer stockpile sick days — under a proposed overhaul of what officials Thursday called an “antiquated’’ sick-day policy. ALSO:  Jean-Claude Brizard on New CPS Policies WTTW

Teacher sues CPS after suspension for slur during ‘teachable moment’ Sun Times: A white teacher who says he was disciplined for using the n-word in a “teachable moment” about the perils of racism with his sixth-grade class has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging his black principal and Chicago Public Schools violated his civil rights by suspending him without pay for five days.

Charter’s Discipline Fines Crude, Misguided CNC (James Warren): Noble’s system of fines is unusual, if not unprecedented. Michael Milkie, the Noble chief executive, strongly justifies his system by saying a focus on small infractions puts a lid on potentially larger ones and results in safe environments and less distractions for students who do behave.

Reforms won't work without trust Catalyst (Laurence Stanton): For the past three years, I have been helping SEAs, districts, teacher unions and schools to plan and implement some of these initiatives.  I am convinced that there is little chance of effective implementation unless state policymakers, SEA and district administrators, principals and teachers develop a level of trust that allows them to try new ways of doing things, fail and then try again.

13 principals say city’s longer school day works Sun Times (op-ed): As principals of the 13 pioneer schools that adopted a longer school day this school year, we’ve had the opportunity to see what more time in the classroom means for students and teachers. The “Full School Day” — the apt phrase CPS has chosen to describe the longer day — has allowed us to dedicate the time needed to adequately teach core subjects like reading, math and science.

Stevenson LSC Deals With Pom Pon Issue SW News Herald: They are currently not competing against other Chicago Public Schools. Cast in the eye of this controversy is Sharri Rogers, who has served as a head coach the past 20 years in the Chicago Public School system, seven years as a cheerleading instructor.

Minneapolis Schools CEO Rick Mills's systems and structures meet skepticism Twin Cities Planet: Mills worked for the military for 25 years before taking a job as an area superintendant forChicago Public schools. He has a master's degree in business and a master's in national security affairs.

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  • The Illinois Supreme Court released its decision this morning regarding recall of displaced tenured teachers. Looks like the CTU lost.
    http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/SupremeCourt/2012/112566.pdf

  • In reply to district299reader:

    This interpretation of the decision is correct. There was a dissent in the decision by two Justices. The dissent draws the correct conclusion on what this decision means when they write: "After today’s decision, the Chicago Board of Education may de
    facto discharge tenured teachers without cause during an economic layoff." Unless the General Assembly changes the school code for Chicago as currently written this could be the end game for many experienced and expensive CPS teachers.

    This is a massive victory for the Board and if the ultimate goal is to decertify the CTU that goal was just made a whole lot easier.

    Rod Estvan

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod,
    After reading much of the opinion, it seems the court placed some value on the marginal effort the board made at rehiring the teachers. It seems to me that had the board made no attempt to allow terminated teachers a chance to be rehired, the opinion might be different. However, the opinion proves that this court has little concern for tenured teachers (not tenured justices) or the rights of workers.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The teachers who lost their jobs dedicated their lives working to improve the expectations of low income children long before it became fashionable for rich kid TFAs to undercut their careers for a two to three year resume building project, long before the likes of Milkie, Vitale, Donoso, Huberman, Duncan, Brizard, Don Feinstein, Bruce Rauner discovered new ways to profit from the backs of impoverished families and middle class teachers.

    Chicagoans can be proud that a small handful of millionaires and venture capitalist will get that much richer as teachers and their entire careers are destroyed and their pensions stolen, not because they were ineffective, but just because they worked long enough to make just a little extra money, or went back to college to earn a masters degree for that whopping one time two thousand dollar CPS lane increase.

  • Protesters march on Tim Cawley's home:

    http://wilmette.suntimes.com/news/schools/10684517-418/protesters-comes-to-cps-officials-winnetka-home.html

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Ha, ha. That's cool. Showing up in Winnetka.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    They should keep showing up until he to moves to chicago

  • One more point, I wonder if this ruling can be applied to other tenured jobs such as police, fire and judges?

  • Not so fast

    On the surface this looks like a complete rout for the union.
    But the dissenting opinion and the fact that only Chicago
    Can engage in this behavior leads to hope at the federal level
    Where law, not the Democratic machine will decide.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Wishful thinking won't make it so, Bob.

    The dissenters are on the losing side. With us. Plus, you forget how this case came to be in the IL Supreme Court.

    CTU won in federal district court, so CPS appealed. CTU won in the federal appeals court, but the appeals court then decided to the IL Supreme Court if the Chicago teachers had property rights to their jobs in the state of Illinois. The ISC today said "no."

    Why would the federal appeals court rule in contradiction of that now? They could have done so last fall without asking the state court for a clarification. If they were ruling on what the "law" says, then they wouldn't have bothered to ask the ISC.

    Those of us at the upper end of the pay scale are screwed.

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Dear Danaidh

    Don’t forget that the Illinois Supreme Court was given this on an advisory basis . Thus their opinion was only advisory in nature.
    If you read the case it becomes apparent that we lost because of language In a 1995 law granting the Board unique powers .Given that clause the court might have been correct. However there are other avenues to pursue.
    Did we challenge the law itself? As I read it we did not. Perhaps that is the tract we should now follow in Federal court. Forget any Illinois courts controlled by our friends the Democrats.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    The Illinois Supreme Court has the final word on the meaning of state law. The federal court is bound by that determination.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    It may be possible for this to advance to the federal level, as the ruling was for Chicago only, which makes it a ‘separate and unequal’ case, and we’re right back to brown vs. board, thus, federal

  • what CTU has to say: Illinois Supreme Court Decision Hurts Tenured Educators; Continues Chicago’s Separate and Unequal Practices
    CHICAGO – The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released the following statement today in response to the Illinois Supreme Court decision to side with the Chicago Public Schools over the arbitrary layoffs of nearly 750 tenured teachers in 2010, with no recall policy:
    “The CTU does not concur that the decision is correct and is evaluating its options. If the Court is right that our state law has one set of rights for other Illinois teachers but not for Chicago teachers, that’s wrong. Today’s decision amplifies Chicago’s separate and unequal practices—meaning what’s good for Illinois is not good for Chicago,” said CTU President Karen Lewis.
    “It is unfortunate when we have the Supreme Court saying that it is acceptable for Chicago- and only Chicago - to put in less qualified teachers for more qualified ones. Yet that is what the majority said of the School Code section regarding recall: ‘This section does not guarantee that after any layoff the most qualified or most experienced tenured teacher will be recalled.’ That means the Board is free to continue its practice to pawn off new teachers with no experience on our children because the new hires are cheaper,” she said.
    “Sure enough, that’s what the Board is doing. It is educational malpractice. That’s not what the Legislature intended, but even if it were, it’s morally wrong. The dissenting judge, joined by one other judge said: ‘Though the majority indicates the Board remains free to ignore its power, I urge the Board to complete its work. If it refuses, I urge the legislature to clarify the recall rights of tenured teachers in Chicago, as it has done before, and as it does currently for tenured teachers elsewhere in the state.’ That is our view as well. We ask that the citizens and legislators of this State to make the Board do what the Supreme Court excused it from doing – that is, to guarantee that after any layoff only the most qualified and most experienced teachers will be recalled.
    “The CTU has said over and over, that we can build the most amazing educational system in the United States. We cannot do so with a Board of Education that is bent on destroying tenure and disserving our 400,000 students by denying them the most qualified educators in the system.”

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Death of the CTU?

  • For those of us who were laid off through no fault of our own, due to "economic reasons", this could not be a worse day. The nightmare continues.

  • Tools with no credibility at all:

    Ethan Netterstrom, Skinner North

    Maria McManus, STEM Magnet Academy

    Nancy Hanks, Melody Elementary

    Angel Turner, Morton School of Excellence

    Bogdana Chkoumbova, Disney II Magnet School

    Zipporah Hightower, Bethune School of Excellence

    Cynthia Miller, Fiske Elementary

    Ginger Bryant, Sexton Elementary

    Keisha Campbell, Howe School of Excellence

    Tresa Dunbar, Nash Elementary

    Julious Lawson, Montefiore Special Elementary

    Patricia McCann, Mays Elementary

    Kenya Sadler, Brown Elementary

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    "Zipporah Hightower, Bethune School of Excellence" A tool with no credibility, you say? I'll second that!

  • It's Hunting Season on the Middle Class.

  • Most CPS Coaches Lack Proper Certification

    February 17, 2012 4:48 PM

    Reporting Dorothy Tucker

    CHICAGO (CBS) -- Do you know who’s coaching your kids?
    Sports experts tell CBS 2 that 8 out of every 10 Chicago Public Schools coaches do not have the required certification. Dorothy Tucker reports how that could have an impact on every student.

    Patricia Jones is still upset with Fenger High School’s head coach, Cassius Chambers. She accuses him of standing outside her home and watching her son, Darion, get beaten by football players.

    Chambers was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing and allowed to return to Fenger. But CBS 2 has learned Chambers is missing a required coaching certification.

    “Had he been trained he would have known that that’s not what you do,” Jones says.

    That training is provided by the American Sports Education Program, ASEP. CPS is a partner with the association that requires non-faculty coaches to pass three courses.

    The problem, according to John Mayer of the Ethical Youth Foundation, is that “a good 75 to 80 percent of all these coaches are people who are not trained, not certified, maybe even not qualified to be in the lives of our children.”

    Prosser assistant coaches Tom Cipriani and Johnathan Manning, who were charged with battery in connection with the hazing of a 14-year-old football player, didn’t have the ASEP certification.

    Back in 2008, Marshall’s coach Courtney Hargrays and Morgan Park’s Mandel Oliver were fired for allegedly paddling student athletes. They also lacked ASEP certification.

    And when CBS2 did a random check of more than 100 coaches from numerous sports, less than three dozen appeared on ASEP’s list.

    Mayer says it is important coaches learn how to manage students and deal with problems.

    Sources tell CBS 2 that CPS is aware it has a problem with too many coaches not having ASEP certification.

    CPS officials say all coaches must submit to a criminal background check, take an online training course with the state’s child-welfare agency and complete 12 hours of character training.

    According to the Illinois High School Association, coaches not certified could face probation or suspension.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/17/most-cps-coaches-lack-proper-certification/

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/video/6755858-cps-coaches-lack-certification/

  • CPS athletics are grossly underfunded, including coaches salaries. There are plenty of CPS teachers that coach in the suburbs or Catholic League because they want to have the bare essentials needed to be competitive and would like some compensation for their time. I mean we coach for the love of the game and to influence young people in a positive manner, but CPS wants you to it at 50%-70% less than your suburban counterparts and a lot of your stipend is invested in funding your team because CPS will not provide what is needed! Therefore, CPS is left with less then desireable candidates for coaches. Moreover, given the fact that CPS all but eliminated the Sports Administration Department I doubt they have the manpower to truly make sure all coaches are certified.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    OMG, the coaches don't have the right certification!

    I looked it up on the ASEP website -- three online courses for $140 and pass a few exams (probably marginally harder than a driving test) and you are certified.

    Yawn.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    What you do not know WL is that CPS coaches may get only $300 for a season of coaching--for the hours they put in--about $2.00 per hour.

  • In reply to WestLooper:

    The ASEP certification is basically required for non-teachers by the IHSA.

    With all due respect to the security guards, PSRP's, and parents who coach why do so many CPS schools have a hard time attracting or retaining teachers as coaches? There are experienced, knowledgable, and outstanding athletic coaches that teach in CPS but would never coach in CPS.

    If CPS wanted to truly offer a better full day they would properly fund athletics and other extracurricular activities.

  • Coaches

    We have to lay this one right at the principals door.
    They alone decide who will coach. I have always been of the opinion
    That you have it or you don’t that includes coaches ,who do not have to be
    teachers. But who should be responsible adults, apparently some are not.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    You're 100% right and it's on each school's principal, especially Prosser's Principal Kenneth Hunter. Hunter should know better about hiring non-faculty coaches without an ASEP certification as he's on the IHSA's Legislative Commission.

    http://ihsa.org/AbouttheIHSA/LegislativeCommission.aspx

    Here's an index to the IHSA by-laws:

    http://ihsa.org/AbouttheIHSA/ConstitutionBylawsPolicies.aspx

    Prosser Career Academy High School and Principal Kenneth Hunter violated the following IHSA By-laws in their use of non-faculty, uncertified coaches:

    "Constitution, By-laws & Illustrations: Section 2 -- School By-laws"

    2.070 Qualifications of Coaches (namely 2.073 & 2.074)

    **See pages 7, 8 (marked 32 and 33 at the bottom from the IHSA book) of the below link

    http://ihsa.org/documents/forms/2011-12/2011-12-section2.pdf

    And, "Policies & Procedures IHSA Policies"

    9. Non-Faculty Coach Policy

    **See pages 5, 6 (marked 92 and 93 in the IHSA book) of the below link

    http://ihsa.org/documents/forms/2011-12/2011-12-policies.pdf

    I'm quite sure if it was looked into the matter further, Prosser and Kenneth Hunter would be found in violation of many more IHSA mandates. However, the purpose here is to establish neither of Prosser's assistant football coaches (Manning or Cipriati) had the required IHSA-approved coach training program as outlined in IHSA by-law 2.070 as non-faculty coaches.

  • Occupy Piccola

    http://www.wbez.org/story/activists-parents-occupy-school-slated-turnaround-96529

  • I betcha the new cps calendar will be identical to CICS Bucktown.
    10 extra days will be before Labor day. I dont think we will have the long break in the winter or the fall break. Possibly, hopefully this schedule will be it. YOu can go to the CICS Bucktown to view it.

  • CiCS Bucktown Schedule

    http://www.cicsbucktown.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/2011-2012-Distinctive-Schools-Calendar.pdf

  • Slow implementation of Family Engagement program under JCB NYTimes.com http://ow.ly/9a1I3 @cncschools

  • Is it true that rahm is paying k.r. Under the table to promote an anti-union agenda?

  • Oh the irony. . .

    In 1988, again in 1995 and yet again in 2011 school reform meant decentralization and giving more control of schools to parents and community members who would hire a principal accountable to them, who in turn would hire teachers accountable to the principal. The central principle of this accountability hierarchy was a recognition that the most efficacious way of influencing school performance is to enable a school principal to build a cohesive administrative and teaching force at the local level. CTU’s layoff litigation is a direct attack on that principle – it wants a central office bureaucrat, of all people, to place tenured teachers in school vacancies regardless of whether or not the principal or the LSC thinks that’s appropriate. On Friday, the Illinois Supreme Court rejected that position and anyone who has been involved in school reform efforts in Chicago – and CTU leadership has to be included among them -- knows that was absolutely the right decision.

    If you followed the litigation, you would see that even CTU’s position on this central point was weak, confused and hard to pin down. Indeed, it was like nailing jello to a wall – first advocating system-wide involuntary bumping, then a more moderate claim to consideration for filling vacancies and then back again, depending on who was listening and the degree to which CTU thought the listener might ignore the plain text of the law.

    This pandering might be excused if CTU was not so willing to abandon principle at the first indication of an advantage on some other front. Indeed, in other contexts – like hiring the principal, renewing the principal’s contract, or in recommending staff, budgets etc to the principal -- CTU just loves local control so much so that it successfully sponsored legislation to dilute parental voice on LSCs last year. And so it appears that CTU leadership is merely cynical and opportunistic.

    And speaking of cynical opportunists, PURE’s role in this is confounding. Its purpose is to give voice to parents so they may positively affect school performance. And yet it advocates to take away the local entity’s most effective way of improving instruction. This on the heels of its doormat-like acquiescence in CTU’s power grab of another LSC vote. At least all the cynics and panderers are in bed together.

    And then there’s this. . . Karen Lewis purports to lead a labor organization, the principal role of which is to engage in collective bargaining with the Board of Education. Lewis often bemoans the limitations on CTU’s bargaining power – but CTU had the power to bargain over these layoffs – CPS was at the table playing hardball, no doubt but any other union would have used its power then and figured out some middle ground to make an agreement with employer. But Lewis didn’t make an agreement; and when she didn't, she got outflanked by Huberman.

    What did Lewis do when Huberman dug in his heels? She didn’t bargain with the Board, at least not to any great effect. Instead, she got confrontational and used the courts. And since then? When she’s not mocking people with speech impediments, it seems like all she’s doing is confronting the Board in court, rather than at the bargaining table – at a cost of God-knows what treasure to CTU and to the Board of Education.

    All that confrontation might well have burnished Lewis’ rebel image if it had done squat for CTU members who lost their jobs in 2010 and 2011 and who have badly needed – but not had -- an effective advocate. Perhaps Lewis should go back to square one and do what Unions do most effectively . . . make reasonable compromises with employers to protect employees from harm or to mitigate harm to employees. That’s what unions do after all.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Dist299reader

    Interesting observations but remember empowering the principals
    In some cases went to their heads. Power is a funny thing and
    effects people in different ways. Because I worked for 16 different
    principals my opinion is based on what I saw as a teacher and librarian.
    Also do not forget the whole LSC experiment has had its ups and downs.Two years ago in the school where I worked the winning candidates won with less than 30 votes, no typo, 30 votes. That was in a large high school with 1800 students. Clearly the experiment failed to attract any semblance of a parental interest.
    The current union leadership compared to recent past administrations, Lynch,Exclude was heralded as a new day. if this continues it will preside overdooms day. SB7 and what it will bring later this year might well signal the end of CTU power, which has been eroding ever since Jackie Vaughn died.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    One major reason that President Lewis got elected along with the CORE slate was because the traditional public sector union labor policies were breaking down. District299 reader writes: "Lewis often bemoans the limitations on CTU’s bargaining power – but CTU had the power to bargain over these layoffs – CPS was at the table playing hardball, no doubt but any other union would have used its power then and figured out some middle ground to make an agreement with employer. But Lewis didn’t make an agreement; and when she didn't, she got outflanked by Huberman." There is no doubt the CTU could have taken a pay cut for all of its members in order to prevent a layoff, but the membership clearly did not want to go that route so the idea that President Lewis could have opted for that seems pretty unrealistic. Is there any doubt if a deal had been cut with Mr. Huberman, that even greater pay reductions would have been placed yet again on the table this year?

    District299 reader also writes: "Perhaps Lewis should go back to square one and do what Unions do most effectively . . . make reasonable compromises with employers to protect employees from harm or to mitigate harm to employees. That’s what unions do after all." I think there is a thought process problem here, CPS is in the long run not about reasonable compromises, it is about trying to significantly reduce the cost of public education. The CPS is not being mean, it is trying to survive in the context of the fiscal train wreck of the State of Illinois and the CPS is completely controlled by Board members who are not great fans of trade unions.

    I would suggest that if teachers want to compromise then they must be ready to accept an end to step and lane payments, an end to tenure, agree to salary based on performance as determined by a principal evaluation and value added test measurements, and greatly reduced benefit packages. This is the price being asked for by CPS right now, the presumption is the CTU has no cards to play because they will never be able to get 75% of the eligible voting members to vote for a strike.

    District299 reader simply not getting it, compromise in the current context means giving up all of this and more. Here is one very possible scenario - after the contract discussions become stalemated and CPS imposes all the work rule changes it is allowed to do based on SB7 and either no strike vote is called or the vote fails, with time the CTU will be forced to make terrible compromises. Then the membership will vote the bums out and elect new ones to collect teachers dues. No doubt any new leadership elected will attempt to make nice to Mayor Emanuel and he will throw them a few bones that will cost very little. By then most of the teachers aged 45 and older will be gone from non-high performing schools and the CTU will effectively be reduced to the status of a professional association and not a union any more.

    President Lewis is in a very difficult situation right now, whether you have radical rhetoric or traditional labor union talk coming from the likes of Henry Bayer President of AFSCME Council 31(Henry by the way is a former CTU member and teacher) public sector unions are being crushed by the very Democrats they helped to get elected. It's not just the CTU that is under attack, it's all public sector unions. Do we doubt that Mayor Emanuel isn't going to want to significantly reduce the number of firefighters? There are almost 5,200 employees in the fire department, including about 4,300 firefighters and shifting to four firefighters per piece of equipment could save the city more than $63 million a year. Personnel costs, including benefits, for every firefighter are more than $100,000 a year.

    District299 reader is living in a time of the past where deals could be worked out and public sector workers could walk away mad, but still with money in their pockets. We are entering the public sector world of Greece and a pretty place it is not going to be.

    Rod Estvan

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Well said Rod. I would add to the list of concessions the end of our pension for a 401K, changes to make greivances more difficult, and greater paperwork demands.

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Except that . . .CTU's own surveys indicated that teachers would compromise on salaries to save jobs . . . Lewis ignored that and got outplayed. Old-time union bargaining ain't dead; the current fiscal crisis jsut means it needs to recalibrate its expectations.

    It's wrong to think that a public employer wants to harm its employees . . . they face impossible fiscal circumstances that require hard decisions -- true enough -- but the only way employees don't get totally screwed is if they are at the table when the awful, painful solutions are being worked out . . .if they are standing off to the side, wringing their hands and refusing to participate in reasonable, albeit miserable, compromises, things like SB7 happen.

    Illinois is basically bankrupt. CPS is not far behind. Business with precious jobs have no fidelity to their communities and won't tolerate the solutions that Lewis wants -- not as long as they have someplace else to go. And, look at Sears, CME and Aon for Crissakes. Opportunistic Governors like Chritsy and Daniels actively try to lure Illinois businesses to their states. And Individual taxpayers? They are exhausted by the tax burden they face and have already had to pay the piper..

    Solutions require really hard things to happen. Belligerence from union-leadership just makes them non-players and forces to be bowled over by responsible policymakers. They must collaborate with employers or they will die. The public on the whole does not support them -- especially when they are perceived to gotten a pretty good deal compared to the private sector.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Illinois taxpayers are exhausted by the burden they face caused by an endless flow of waste and corruption…this city is always broke, but somehow there are always millions for the friends of rahm
    Teachers and union are usually trying to work ‘within the law’ as if someone is going to appreciate it…I don’t see Brizard and Rahm and Co. working within the law…they have to be taken to court every five minutes…first they break the law, then they buy legislation to fit the breakage. They do it every day, and they rely on the ignorance of Chicagoans to get away with it…and it works every time – it’s becoming pretty obvious that a steady supply of failing schools is a very lucrative business…and Chicago hails as most corrupt city in America… Union members, always on the right side of the law, always turning the other cheek, but never getting credit from the public…they need to start operating the same way that the appointed board does.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    the 88% solution.

    Remember this for furture reference.Rham got 54% of the vote.but only 40% of elegable voters bothered to vote.that translates in to the fact 88% of voters did not vote for him.In otherwords 22 people per hundred put him in office.In our winner take all system he did win.But in the court of public opinion he is a stone looser.If we are to survive as a school sysyem we must reach out to that 88% of people.Want to scare him out of his wits? Put feet on the street for the next three years.Knock off a couple of alderman and sieze as many LSC's as we can.Power will not be given us but it is ripe for siezing. .

  • In reply to rbusch:

    The crook should be recalled

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Rod, I agree with you. The CTU will become an association like the CPAA with no power.

  • In reply to Rodestvan:

    Point of information: CTU asked Humpin Hubey for a guarantee that all those cut would be rehired if teachers took a pay cut. Hubey would not commit to that. Thus the union refused pay cuts.

  • Karen-stop listening to Mr. Potter's mom--get better lawyers AFTER you learn how to bargain--learn fast karen or this will be the end.
    get the principals on your side--they are pissed off too--
    everyone should take a benefit day on the next PD day on 4/13. Send a message--there are few PD days left......

  • Amen district299reader. Those compromises worked so well for the CTU when we were over 30,000 members. Surely, they will continue to work well when we're under 25,000.

  • 25,000? Is that what’s left? If that’s true, next year there will be 23,000, and then 21,000…but what do the teachers do when they witness their fellow teachers displaced? Nothing! If they had any sense, compassion or guts, they would strike for the displaced teachers alone…not to mention the increasingly deteriorating conditions or the increasing class sizes…if they don’t, they too will be displaced…and they’ll deserve it! And they better stop worrying about what the public thinks….as long as the media is paid for by private money, they will always get bad press no matter what they do…they could sacrifice all they want, it will mean nothing, but if 20,000 or more take to the streets, their demands will be met, conditions for kids will improve, and Chicago will be a better city…and knowing the typical Chicagoan, they’ll forget about the whole thing in two or three weeks….Chicago politicians rely on short memories and sound bite rhetoric; how else did we become what UIC calls the most corrupt city in the nation…the Chicago Board of Ed is clearly the most corrupt board in the nation…Chicago taxpayers love the people who steal their money…all it takes is to say ‘it’s good for the kids’….and suddenly money is missing and people are unemployed…the CTU, hate to say it, has been the only true advocate for children, ironic as it seems…teachers need to strike cause if they don’t, they’ll all be terminated and replaced at approximately 2000 per year.

  • It just gets worst .i just returned from a pension presentation and the speaker told us that it looks like our pensions might be taxed
    and our cola is in trouble. Add that to the chance the health care rebate might be lowered otherwise all is well.
    .

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Dera rbusch, all that you say is true. I'll been trying to warn everybody about this for the last year.

  • VOYCE and PURE weigh in on the Noble Street debate in the Tribune http://ow.ly/9fsze

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