Weekend Open Discussion

Weekend Open Discussion

It's a July weekend and so I'm going to skip the news and invite you to comment or post about anything that's on your mind -- the recently approved budget, the reduction in summer school enrollment, the political situation, the expansions or additions to individual schools.  Or, tell us about summer workshops you're doing (voluntarily or not), planning for next year (anything new in the works), or job changes (where'd you go and why'd you make the move?). Sometimes the best stuff isn't being addressed in the news.

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  • There is a rumor that CPS employees participate in Minutemen Operation(securing the border by volunteers).
    Is it true?
    How many illegal aliens will be placed in Chicago Public Schools and who will take care of them?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Oh yes, it is true as are most things you read on the internet. Hundreds of CPS teachers, security guards, lunch staff, and counselors spend their summers patrolling our border. They have figured out a way to extend their 9 months of hatred for children to an entire year. There is nothing better than scaring tired, desperate huddled masses of children from south of the border seeking to enter the land of the free.

    537 illegal aliens will be placed in CPS this year. Their entire extended families will be amnestied and allowed to take care of them. The Honduran overthrow of the United States is underway. In just a few years you will be pledging allegiance in Spanish.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    According to Californians,the hosting family will be paid up to $6,400.00 per month.
    In Chicago,we can expect 1,000.00 illegals.
    The illegal drugs distribution in the City will increase for sure.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Your facts are hilarious- 1000.00 illegals? Not 1000.01 or 1000.73? "According to Californians"? "Illegal drugs distribution will increase for sure"?

    Buddy, I've had dozens of undocumented children as students. These kids are some of the shyest, most innocent kids you'll meet. None of them was a face-tatted MS-13 with pounds of heroin on them.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I have an open mind about this,However there is one aspect of these kids that i would feel better if it were addressed.
    Before the authorities even say hello each one should have to get a full set of inoculations, then at least a five day observation period,or an exam by a doctor.The way they did it at Ellis Island.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Oh, I agree! The last thing these poor kids need is to catch something from Jenny McCarthy's kids!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Ok you idiot that's it.I was not aware autism was contagious.
    And from what I have read she has an autistic child .

  • In reply to rbusch:

    McCarthy is against vaccination because she claims it causes autism, which she also claims she cured in her son, whom she now says didn't have autism after all. Did I miss an update in her logic, or is she now pro-vaccination?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Buddy,do you love your country?
    You will wake up and South America will be around.
    You do not have to wait so long.
    New electorate is growing:)

  • In reply to district299reader:

    South America? You are ignorant. Is there a massive influx of immigrants from Peru and Suriname that I am unaware of? If you meant Central America, well then bring'em on. Mexican immigrants have saved many neighborhoods, parishes, schools, and business districts in Chicago.

    Another thing, after a generation or two immigrants whether they are Irish, Polish, Nigerian, Chinese, or Honduran basically become "American." For better or worse, the first generation of kids from Central America will be just like African-American and European-American teens- lazy smart phone addicts who spend most of their day playing video games and eating all of my food.

    I'm not worried about your red scare or brown scare or whatever. Seriously, what are they going to do? Don't go with the drug thing either. It isn't immigrants who are snorting piles of cocaine and shooting heroin. It is people in the 'burbs, mostly whte who fuel the drug trade.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Just example,I guess.
    Central America is not a continent.
    Honduras is a part of North America,Ecuador -South America.
    They just a law breakers and welfare recipients.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Ecuador is in Africa.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    "Ecuador is in Africa"?!?
    ::praying you are not a teacher::

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Having an open mind on this is important.
    What bothers me how these kids are being exploited by our
    leaders.One side thinks these kids are wonderful,the other side wants them deported :Why?.
    Neither side actually gives a shit about the kids,they just want to suck the last bit of political mileage out of their predicament ,
    Politicians brag about saving the children from violence in
    the countries from whence they came,while ignoring the violence into which they are sending them.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Agree

  • In reply to rbusch:

    :Record number of illegals coming from nations with Ebola ,terror ties- Newsmax ,August 04,2014.

  • what, no rich miller? or is he over-rated?

    Who's the best statehouse political reporter in your state? Check out WPost's 2013 list http://ow.ly/zD06A or http://ow.ly/zD08J

  • here's another good one: A question of values and violence - chicagotribune.com http://ow.ly/zDrxp "A closer look at the conditions that have led to Chicago's epidemic" via MK

  • What's the story behind school fee payments?

    One CPS high school has on their website they accept credit cards with a $5.00 service fee.

    Another CPS high school indicated they accept cash, money order, cashier's check or personal checks only, and due to the new policy with CPS credit cards are no longer accepted.

    When I checked with a CPS elementary school, their website indicated school fees are payable via PayPal.

    Does each CPS school have their own policy regarding accepting fee payments?

  • In reply to binezbyrnes:

    It seems you answered your own question - each school has its own array of payment methods. That's a good thing isn't it? No more "one size fits all".

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    My question was .... Why did the one high school quote that the CPS organization is no longer accepting Credit Cards? I thought that statement alone was a blanket statement that covered all CPS schools.

    Yet I discovered different types of acceptable payments for CPS school fees.

    Has CPS made a blanket statement they are no longer accepting Credit Cards for school fees? And, if so, why are the CPS schools not following this policy.

  • In reply to binezbyrnes:

    Who is going to pay anything anyway?
    Donors?
    Or just the 8% non minority students?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Well, this is an extremely racist statement.

  • Alahrie Aziz-Sims, principal of Bogan High School, had her car booted in the school parking lot at the end of the school year. This woman is notorious for her contempt for her staff. The union, network, and downtown know it, though downtown and the network probably think that contempt for employees is the sign of a good principal. Why does a person making six figures have a boot on her car? Just pay the damn tickets. Better yet, don't get them in the first place. If only her bosses were as ferocious about her unpaid tickets as she is toward her teachers for the pettiest issues.

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    In reply to pepper:

    You need to mind your own damn business...

  • In reply to Andre Powell:

    It is my business. I follow the rules and pay my bills. I do it because it's right, but even if I didn't care about that, as a city empIoyee I am required to pay any debt I may incur with the city in a timely manner. An administrator who doesn't follow the same rules should answer for it to her superiors. She is not above the law, and if she has high expectations of her staff then she should live up to those expectations herself. She refers to herself as "a steward of the Board of Education," so she should act like it.

  • In reply to pepper spray:

    The weak/poor teachers do not speak out against an inept principal. They become the new principal's cheerleading squad. The competent teachers do speak out and if CPS does nothing then those teachers will transfer. High teacher/staff turnover rate is a real warning sign that the principal is not doing his/her job. The school will sink further into chaos and then CPS will close it/turn-it-around. A school community relies upon a competent administrator and CPS is sorely lacking in competent administrators. There is no reason for Bogan to not be a stellar school except for a series of inept principals.

  • In reply to pepper:

    Is she a person of color?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Does it matter?

  • In reply to pepper spray:

    Possibly.
    According to my observation the CPS officials demonstrate more tolerance toward minority administrators than whites.
    It is not a racists comments,just a fact.
    Two minority administrators I known always were broke in spite of making more than 100K a year.
    They received a phone calls regarding bounced checks.
    Integrity and responsibility should be values all of us should appreciate.
    During the application process all future administrators should be a subject to the background and CREDIT checks,mandatory.

  • In reply to pepper:

    I heard this was on the blog, and I was miffed. Ms. Sims is a great administrator, who has completely turned Bogan around. This is most likely one of the bitter, poor teachers who have plagued this school and it's students for years. Since Ms. Sims has come, she has done nothing but asked people to work. She is always smiling. She is always nice, and, unlike some administrators, she constantly works and is known for sending out late night emails and checking up on her staff. Shame on you Pepper for misrepresenting Ms. Sims and the Bogan staff.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    She has not turned Bogan around. The scores are still low and she has not achieved the board's attendance goals. She has a high rate of staff turnover. If only Ms. Aziz-Sims worked as hard as her staff, she might find that she could make some improvements. She could start by putting in more hours and behaving more professionally. Emotional late-night emails don't impress me. Also, I did not misrepresent her staff. Most are unhappy.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You must be one of the three or four people who are on board with Principal Scofflaw. The staff is miserable under her leadership.

  • Where are our role models? We have administrators who don't pay tickets, water bills and property taxes (Sun-Times did an article on this) We have administrators who have EEOC complaints filed against them, lawsuits for harassment and payouts of monies by CPS yet they either change schools or worse yet, go higher up the chain of command. Recently, we had a principal who was paid a salary based upon possessing a doctorate yet he had none. Will CPS sue for the money they paid him? Arrogance and lack of ethics seem to be prevalent in our administrators. Where are the checks and balances?

  • http://www.theday.com/article/20140729/NWS01/307299956/1069/rss

  • you better watch yourself

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Who and why?

  • be careful of who you mess with. you know who

  • In reply to district299reader:

    I don't know who.

  • Wow..Black Panther alive.

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