Monday's Arbitration Report

Today's education news is that CPS wants to install an IB at Hyde Park Career Academy, some updates on the budget process, and that everyone wants to know what's going to be in the arbiter's report (and whether the report findings will make any real difference). I would be pleasantly surprised -- Supreme Court upholding Obamacare-surprised -- if the report recommendations are acceptable to either or both sides, but I've been surprised before.  Most likely, the report becomes part of the process of negotiations, another data point contributing to the public and private processes.  Brace for a reality check Chicago Tribune: Monday marks a critical moment for the future of Chicago Public Schools. Independent arbitrator Edwin Benn faces that deadline to produce his recommendations to break the contract impasse between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS management... Independent arbitrator Edwin Benn faces that deadline to produce his recommendations to break the contract impasse between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS management. His recommendations aren't binding. They may not even become public ...

Hyde Park Career Academy to become an IB school Chicago Sun-Times: Hyde Park joins Clemente Community Academy, Senn High School and the new Back of the Yards High School scheduled to open in 2013 as the only “wall-to-wall” IB high schools in theChicago Public Schools. One more is scheduled to be announced.

Maligned CPS Budget Proposal Might Not Be Final Version Progress Illinois: They have each slammed the Chicago Public Schools for proposing a budget that drains the system's entire $349 million rainy day fund. The widespread disapproval raises the question of whether the Board of Education, which is appointed by Mayor Rahm ...

Plenty Of Criticism, Little Support For CPS Budget Plan At Public Hearing CBS2:  The Chicago Public Schools' chief operating officer heard a litany of complaints and accusations Wednesday night, during a 2-1/2 hour hearing on the board's proposed $5.16 billion budget.

Girl says 13-year-old friend shielded her from gunfire on porch Sun Times: Daneysi Valdovinos believes her 13-year-old friend Rony Monzon was trying to protect her. When a gunman ran up to their Southwest Side porch, Rony stood up in front of Daneysi. He wound up taking six shots. “He took the bullets,” Daneysi said. “They would have hit me in the head, but he stood up in front of me and they hit him instead.”

Legislative Scholarships Put To Bed Progress IL: The program costs the state about $13 million a year, with 33 of 59 state senators and 67 of 118 state representatives participating last year, according to state Board of Education data.

School District: Race to the Top money not worth the effort Las Vegas Sun: The cash-strapped Clark County School District is expected to forgo a pursuit of millions of dollars in federal grant money because it has too many strings attached... The School District doesn’t seem too interested in participating in what one School Board member likened to “mud-wrestling.”


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  • Thus, not an arbiter, but a mediator, at the most. Tribune said arbitrator, so they may have been the one to have introduced the wrong term. When CTA takes a labor case to arbitration, the results are binding. Just ask goat farmer Frank Kruesi, when he told the board that it had no choice but to ratify the award. Similarly, ask the police and fire unions when Daley offered 3% and the arbitrator only awarded 2%.

    Maybe more interesting is the reference in the article to "The 2011 education reform law that empowered the fact-finding panel he leads..." Rahm made such a big deal about getting that law, but, like apparently most everything passed in this state, the 75% strike vote requirement and the fact finding requirement turn out to be meaningless. Probably 98% of what's left in that bill also is.

    Despite what the Tribune implies, does anyone think that Karen Lewis is going to come far off her 30% demand, just because the factfinder "must base his ruling on 'the employer's financial ability to fund the proposals based on existing available resources.'?" After all, the taxpayers work for the teachers.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack has a lot in common with the teacher-bashing, union-hating editorial writers at the Chicago Tribune.

    You'd think that the editorial writer--who used several quotations taken directly from the law SB7--would get it right (but then, his/her/its thinking *is* rather fuzzy on the matter). The fact-finding panel (not mediators, not arbitrators) is only empaneled after mediation has failed. Its decision is not binding. The rationale is that the document becomes published should one of the parties reject it--placing public pressure on the two sides. Jack's probably right about the chances of this actually working being small.

    The Tribune seems to be gloating here. All other issues that are important to teachers and support staff are inconsequential. All that matters is the Board's ability to pay at this moment in time.

    That isn't fair. Why must teachers and staff bear all the sacrifice?

    If the Mayor cannot afford his Longest School Day/Year, then it must go. How's that for reality, Tribune? If you can't afford to pay for the items in your shopping cart, then you must put them back. Here's hoping that Mr. Benn includes that piece of reality in his report.

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    "That isn't fair. Why must teachers and staff bear all the sacrifice? "

    Well, there is a property tax cap.

    Maybe you can go out and buy enough "Lotto for Education" tickets to cover your demands.

    Other than that, "who is supposed to sacrifice" for your benefit? This kind of comment only reinforces my statement that the teachers believe that the taxpayers work for them.

  • In reply to jack:

    Oh Jack, never in my opinion or mind have the taxpayers been working for me. Lest you forget that we (teachers) live and pay taxes in chi-town too... well, everyone but Tim Cawley (he was given the supreme waiver from Rahm). So am I working for myself? I think the comment here is about fiscal responsibility not only in the hands of the teachers but of the board as well. Calling for an extended school day and calendar without adequate funding for both programing and compensation seems to me fit the bill of fiscal irresponsibility. By the way, I would rather my tax dollars bail out schools rather than banks any day of the week.

  • In reply to urbanteach:

    Math and science high school teachers have the residency waiver as well. Supply and demand trumps all. I would suggest abandoning the residency requirement completely.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    I was not suggesting that "no waivers" exist, I was poking at the fact that Tim Cawly resides on the north shore. In fact, many of us have the option of living outside city limits I myself am grandfathered as I have been in my position prior to '96... I was suggesting that the majority of us reside within city boundaries. I thought the inference was clear, apparently not!

  • In reply to urbanteach:

    Apparently economics is not on the curriculum of the teachers' colleges. The first rule of economics is that there are limited resources Yes, you pay a certain amount of your salary through taxes, but if Quinn succeeds in driving more business out of the state, you'll have to pay 100%.

    The extended day is part of the same statute, so the factfinder doesn't have the authority to rule that CPS can't extend the school day. So, I guess the teacher posters should stop posting that line of propaganda.

    BTW, even if you are self employed as you claim, neither you nor Dan say how well your students are doing when they hit the real world. I thought that was the object of being a teacher, not demanding a 30% raise regardless of the taxpayers' ability to fund it, not to mention that all of the income tax hike went into pensions (although apparently not CPS ones).

  • In reply to jack:

    Economics not part of the curricula? Reading was! I did not state in my response that I felt entitled to a 30% raise. Really? I pay a part of my salary in taxes... that is your explanation of "economics"...uhm, dah, I think I got it! Did I claim to be self-employed?... How dare you insinuate what my object of teaching or purpose is! The old proverb applies here don't argue with a fool:). Jack, sit back! relax! It's a beautiful day!

  • By using up the reserves the CTU is now bargaining with itself. Bigger raises means fewer teachers equals larger classes.

    A possible compromise could be another 30 mins lopped of the "longer day" and some sort of progressive raise depending on seniority - from 2% - 4% perhaps.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    Bargaining with ourselves? Maybe that would be the case if the only issue on the table was salary compensation. And, as the budget states, there is no longer "seniority" they are doing away with step and lane increases for years served and degrees earned. My "seniority' will be determined sometime in year three of the contract when a merit scheme is developed around how much "value added" I provide in the way of test scores. 17 years in this system and I have NEVER seen such madness and bad decisions being made... and for the record the waste I have seen in the system is not in the hands of the teachers but the board bureaucracy... I would love for us veteran teachers to generate a list of initiatives (and expensive ones too) that have been produced over the years... talk about WASTED tax monies!

  • In reply to urbanteach:

    I agree that the issues you mention are probably on the table and important but they are all about salary compensation.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    Right, because under the law CPS is not obligated to bargain with the union over any issues beyond pay and benefits.

  • "Kayaking while Rome burns, a schools chief may deserve a "C-minus" for timing" @jimwarren55

  • I tried the url above and can't get to the page. Where did you find this link? I am very interested in viewing this!

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  • In reply to district299reader:

    It's surprising this article hasn't been a topic of conversation here... either Brizard's days a numbered or someone in leadership is trying to save their job, all in the middle of labor negotiations. Either way it shows what a mess it is on Clark Street.

  • Labor Beat: Chicago Teachers Solidarity Campaign Press Conference

  • Chicago Newsroom

    Art Golab, Chicago Sun-Times and Mike Rodriguez, Enlace Chicago discuss Chicago's rise in violence this summer and the newly announced CPS budget.

  • Rahm's Scab Army will be a debacle... Rahm's disinformation campaigns will lead to chaos for a couple of days

  • CPS shuts down website in the middle of budget questions, free lunch scandals

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Re: "CPS shuts down website in the middle of budget questions, free lunch scandals"

    WTG? This isn't news.

    For a few years now CPS shuts down some IT sites on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to midnight and overnight Saturday (10 p.m. to Sunday 8 a.m.) fo routine maintenance. I know this because every week we get two e-mail notifications telling us about each maintenance period.

    I suspect that very few people tried to get information on the CPS budget during the middle of the night. Not everything is open 24/7.

    The implication made here--that the Board shut down its website BECAUSE of budget questions and free lunch scandals--is simply ridiculous.

  • Interesting read:,0,4290734.story


    Very interesting, Wednesday's HOD meeting should be one for the record books.

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