CTU Goes Political

CTU Goes Political

Today's news:  Having won the media war even while failing to halt school closings -- arguably accelerating the process along the way -- CTU is now ramping up its political efforts against Mayor Emanuel.  Oh, and CORE is running for re-election, too.  Lewis says she's not running for mayor - yet. 


Teachers union to seek ouster of mayor, other officials Tribune: Stymied in its efforts to stop the city from closing scores of schools, the Chicago Teachers Union on Monday said it will turn its attention to a voter registration campaign and efforts to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other elected officials.

Chicago Teachers Union vows to make school closings political WBEZ: The union says it wants to put a minimum of 100,000 new voters on Chicago’s rolls. Lewis says union organizers will go door to door in neighborhoods where schools are closing and where teachers are losing jobs “due to this administration.” The union also plans to increase donations to its political action committee and vet potential candidates.

Chicago Teachers Union Plans To Intensify Political Activity, Push For New Voters Progress IL:  The CTU will also be hosting political education boot camps to vet people interested in public service and eventually “change the face of City Hall and the Illinois General Assembly.” The boot camps will be called “Who wants to run for mayor? Who wants to be an alderman? Who wants to run for statewide office?”
Stepping up its battle with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Teachers Union says it's going to do an even better job of what it already does pretty well: playing politics.
CTU president launches effort to oust Rahm Chicago Sun-Times: In an email to the Chicago Sun-Times, Emanuel's communications director Sarah Hamilton said, “Barbara Byrd-Bennetthas proposed a plan for Chicago Public Schools, with Mayor Emanuel's support, that finally puts our children first. This is simply not ...
Core Launches Election Campaign Substance via CPS Chatter: Now, in 2013, the CORE incumbents are facing a coalition composed of the two former adversaries, Deborah Lynch’s PACT people and the remnants of the UPC (Marilyn Stewart is retired and not active). The new group, calling itself the “Coalition To Save Our Union” is headed by two former UPC stalwarts (Tonya Saunders Wolffe and Mark Ochoa) and two people from PACT (Mary Ellen Sanchez and Kelly McFarlene). Sharkey reminded those at the Haymarket that they will have to work very hard between now and election day to ensure that the history doesn’t again repeat itself.
Community meeting ends early due to low turnout AustinTalks: She said that school board CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said school closures are not racist. But Robinson said the majority of closures are affecting schools in low-income, black and hispanic neighborhoods. “I find it extremely troublesome that Barbara ...

Chicago schools consult gang lines in closure plan The Morning Sun: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, have acknowledged the danger of mixing young people from different neighborhoods. Byrd-Bennett agreed in January not to close any high schools. And the district consulted maps of gang ...

Lafayette Parents, Teachers Make Pleas to Save School DNAI: Humboldt Park school closing meetings wrapped up over the weekend with more testimony from parents.


Disney II High School (and other schools still open) CPS Obsessed: The application period for Disney II Magnet High School is opened.  I didn’t realize it will require Stanine 5 in Reading and Math (although now I think I recall some of you mentioning this.  True, it’s not a SE level cut-off but it certainly should set the school apart in that every student will be average or above.

The Great Disconnect Mike Klonsky: Arne Duncan's senior adviser and former IEA Executive Director Jo Anderson got up to introduce the lunch speaker, Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). But faithful apparatchik that he is, Anderson couldn't help but throw out a list of all the great things the administration is doing to support schools and teachers. I was OK with all of that. But I almost fell out of my chair when Anderson offered that all of  "Arne's" policies and so-called reforms "were in step" with Pasi Sahlberg's earlier presentation. What!?


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  • As far as “Who wants to run for mayor? Who wants to be an alderman? Who wants to run for statewide office?” the answer in this case has been repeatedly proven to be "who wants to skim campaign funds," whether for gambling across the state line, Rolex watches, or cashing out of the governorship. Proven again this week in the 7th Ward.

    Other than that, I am conflicted between "letting the inmates run the asylum" and "a pox on both their houses." However, I wonder how many of the 100,000 new voters will register as district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, and district299reader. And like the last aldercreature to be elected in the 7th Ward, how many frozen turkeys that turkey will have to give out in return for the signed registration card.

  • In reply to jack:

    district299reader really gets under anonyjack's skin. Pretty funny, but who can blame him? Jagk had an embarrassing streak of 6 or so posts with glaring inaccuracies pointed out by good ol' district299reader. An unbelievable stretch in defiance of facts, jagk soldiered on with his misguided, half-informed "truthiness." It will take much more district299reader sponsored rehab to get old jagk to finally realize that he is frequently wrong. He is in denial now, but I firmly believe jagk will one day not have such disdain for truth.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Aren't you supposed to be teaching today? It isn't Pulaski Day today is it? Or are you using school district property, whether a PC, iPad, or Chromebook?

    And about what I am wrong? In your fantasy world, weren't JJJr, Sandi, and the Hog with Big Nuts Beavers convicted of various offenses related to campaign fund skimming?

    Do they have psychiatric counseling at the school where you teach, anonymous thug?

  • In reply to jack:

    How do you know which district299reader I am? I could be that one, or the other one, or the other one, or even that other one.

    Jack, are you not anonymous as well? I could be anybody... maybe even your own spawn.

    I'm getting into your head, aren't I?

  • In reply to district299reader:


    In fact you admitted my point.

    And as I said before, if the software is working properly, I am the only jack and the moderator has my e-mail address. Can we say the same for you?

    I'm not deluded enough to think you are the same district299reader that posted personal information about me elsewhere on Chicago Now, but if you want to wear that hat, I am willing to sic the police on you.

    But if your game is getting into peoples' heads, including your students', again I am ashamed of paying the taxes that pay your salary. That is if you really are a teacher, as one of you claimed.

    But, in any event, you are a chicken thug.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jagk- You're paranoid. I know you think legions of district299readers are out to getcha, but really you're just fun to tease.

    As far as personal information goes, you'd have to be pretty dumb to allow that get out there while anonymously posting as "jagk" and then confirming that the information was accurate.

    ...and since you claim your personal info is already out there, and since you somehow think a moderator having your email address (jagkfacts@strikeoutking.com?) makes you somehow a courageous public figure, then what is stopping you from being truly public?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Why can't you even read my screen name?

    Don't they have optometric screening at the schools any more either?

    Aren't teachers subject to performance reviews?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I am District299reader.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jagk, if anonymously and lightly goofin' on you (you are also anonymous until you publish your full name) is considered "thuggery", you might want to put on your "man pants" in the words of your icon Sarah Palin.

    Teasing you about your frequent inaccuracies doesn't make one a "thug". Thugs were "bands of roving stranglers who robbed and killed". If you truly consider the legions of district299readers who laugh at you "thugs", then we will have to add exaggeration and extreme sensitivity to your long list of character flaws.

    P.S.- Many schools in CPS don't have libraries, iPads, fully-functioning PCs, Chromebooks, or psychiatric counselors.

    P.P.S.- Strike Thirteen- CPS teachers worked Pulaski Day this year.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Apparently you or your namesake didn't, as you had time that day to play here.

    Apparently you aren't doing productive work now. I'll admit that I am not either, but maybe Jagk is. In any event, you haven't refuted that you can't spell, nor that you are not the district299reader who posted personal information about me.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jagk, look I'm the Harlem Globetrotters and you are the Washington Generals. I'm doing 360 dunks over your head, bouncing the ball between your legs, throwing buckets of confetti on you. If you can't take getting goofed on, get off the court and call Columbo.

    Strike 14: Namesake is a term often used for a person or thing actually named after, rather than merely sharing of a name. The legions of district299readers share the name, there is not an "original" district299reader who is our namesake. Now, if I started posting on Substance as "jack", an incredibly inaccurate, underinformed, and hyper-sensitive anonymous contributor, then I would be your namesake.

  • Where in the world is the Chicago Teachers Union going? Is there an illusion that some sort of Harold Washington progressive democrat phoenix will rise from the ruble of Chicago's corrupt political scene to oust Mayoral Emanuel?

    Moreover, what about the proposed larger CTU political action committee that was discussed, how will it be different than in the past when it repeatedly pumped money into the pockets of numerous democrats that ultimately jammed SB7 down the CTU's throat.

    Here is what I think, the CTU is going off on an adventure here without having first won a consensus even in the Chicago Federation of Labor for the creation of anything close to a labor party platform that consistently supports the interests of what is left of the unionized workforce in Chicago. Moreover, running a series of candidates that support public education in Chicago and possibly a broader education agenda in the Illinois General Assembly avoids the question of support for human services, infrastructure, anti-poverty programs within the context of existing municipal and state revenues. No doubt eliminating TIFs will fix all of that - answer no it won't. Increasing taxes on the 1% will fix all of that - well that depends on how much they are taxed doesn't it? Then you also have the danger of capital flight as the 1% head for the border, it's not simple.

    Inside the CTU and CORE there are extremely intelligent teachers who understand fully that today's progressive democrat is tomorrow's Alderman Joe Moore. Let's recall when Alderman Moore was the darling of Chicago's labor movement when he supported the 2006 Chicago Big Box Ordinance which required companies such as Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot to pay workers a living wage, raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. But this is also the same Joe Moore who Mayor Rahm Emanuel teamed up with block a citywide advisory referendum for an elected school board (see Ben Joravsky 8/1/12 the Reader).

    This is also the same Joe Moore who formally split so called progressive democrats by creating the so called "Paul Douglas Alliance" designed to support Mayor Emanuel more progressive initiatives. While I appreciate Senator Douglas' heroic service in the US Marine Corp his support for the Vietnam War for political reasons (he was an LBJ guy) was completely disgusting and led to his defeat by anti-Vietnam War Republican candidate Percy.

    Until the CTU leadership along with the majority of the labor movement in Chicago is prepared to make a break with their progressive democrats and actually begin to try to elect people who are not beholden to that party this idea of registering people and getting good people to run for office will not amount to much at all. To break from the progressive democrats is a really scary thought for the labor movement and it's a dangerous one too because you risk alienating the few friends you think you might have left. But if the CTU and the labor movement doesn't go in that direction all you are doing is creating more Joe Moore's and Paul Douglas do-gooders who cave when things get really tough and right now things are tough.

    Rod Estvan

  • Rod
    I have to agree the CTU agenda may not be well thought out, but I like the fact that people don't want to accept dictatorship over democratic leadership. I actually applaud this group for their activism in the absence of a true community activist. All of us know community spirit and voting power is absolutely the most effective way to fight and change political rule. Maybe there will come another voters registration phenomenon that can sway the election and change the mayor. They have the right formula.

  • In reply to sammy:

    Where are you guys coming from? Emanuel has money and connections but his support among all constituencies is withering. Being the Mayor of Chicago has not boosted his resume at all, hence the Emanuel Brothers media blitz... speaking of which I wonder why they never mention their complex relationship with their sister or their dad's involvement in Irgun... hmmm....



  • In reply to district299reader:

    Or you that you don't want to be distinguished from district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, district299reader, and hence have no courage of your convictions.

    If you go to your school's library, it probably has John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage." He didn't call his book "Profiles of district299readers."

  • In reply to jack:

    Strike Twelve. "Profiles in Courage" was largely written by Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorenson. Jagk, give it up. You're shooting blanks once again.

    Nevertheless, jagk is truly a bold, stand-up, straight shooter who is a shoo-in for the 2013 "Profile in Courage" award. Now jagk, if you could just provide us with a real first name and last name so we can tell the engraver to what exactly put on it.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You can't spell either, can you?

    Should I take your word for Sorenson, either? Post some authoritative links.

    Also, prove that there is any "Profiles of district299 reader."

    Then maybe you should get back to class, sophomore. Look up the real meaning of that, sophist. And elsewhere than in Wikipedia.

  • In reply to jack:

    Oh no, jagk has opened up the "spellcheck" can of worms. Okay, buddy if you want to get down and dirty with "grammar thuggery" then so be it. Soon you will be surpassing "strike 100." I'm pretty sure though if you call 911 and report that you are an anonymous victim of "grammar thuggery" the dispatcher will laugh at you. Then again, that would be nothing new.

    As far as Sorenson goes, yes you should take my word. I've proven you wrong time and time again... so much so I'm almost starting to believe you are a CTU troll posing as ignorant opposition. Look, if you follow my lead you'll have facts on your side and you may actually start to get on base instead of hanging your head and shuffling off to the cyber-dugout after yet another strike out.

  • much as i love the pageviews, you guys are going to have to start saying something interesting, new, or substantive or i'm just going to start blocking or deleting comments.

    also-- we'll see who's still making comments if and when i move over to FB comments, right? it's all fun and games until there's sunshine.

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    I've made the substantive point before about the hazards of allowing the district299reader account. This apparent imposter just proves them.

    And, I have made it clear that I will not sign onto Facebook. Are you going to open a district299reader account there? Or does that result in me not clicking, as well as the thousands of others who think they have something to say, but just want to be part of the mob?

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Wait a sec Alex... if that is your real name... are you saying the d299reader v. jagk feud is popular or is it just me and jagk's own pageviews that are blowing up the counter? Hey, I understand these posts may not be interesting, new, or substantive, but you gotta admit some of them are funny. Can I please post a link to a really funny Harlem Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals jpeg. I promise I'll quit after that.

    As far as facebook goes, couldn't you just make up a profile and call yourself "Emanuel" or "Lewis" or "jill" or "jagk" or "salty jack" or something? I suggest myspace, they need the help.

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    So the readers have to be "interesting, new, or substantive", but the blogger doesn't? That doesn't seem fair to me.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    or funny -- which this comment was. thanks -- take a bow.

  • Okay, let the hilarity commence. Here goes:

    Harlem Globetrotters (complete with masks)= Cowardly anonymous CTU communist district299readers

    Washington Generals= The paragon of courageous truthiness- jagk jagkson


    Okay, I'll quit now.

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