Summer Road Trip - See You Monday

Summer Road Trip - See You Monday

Hey, all -- it's time for my annual road trip to Boston to visit my mom and sister, so there won't be much updating until Monday the 25th.  That doesn't mean you can't post links, ask questions or make comments, however.  The comments are open, and I'll post anything I see on Twitter here as well. Hopefully, not too much news will take place - but who knows?

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  • Lewis inches closer to challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel - Chicago Tribune http://ow.ly/AwXPc

  • Are you going to make a trip out to Chicago this year?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    thanks for asking -- i was in town this spring for a conference and to see the LSC inauguration -- just after deanes died. i'll be back in september, and then again in october and november.

  • Curious . . .. how does CTU charge an apolitical fair share fee to non-members when it's salaried staff are actively promoting a Lewis for Mayor campaign. . . that's some jacked up ____ going on.

    Ironically, its's happening at the same time as the extremely cynical and opportunistic Lewis decries an alleged amendment impact on non-CPS graduates. . . still every teacher must pay for her mayoral dreams, right Karen?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    It is bad enough that my tax dollars pay Karen Lewis' huge salary, now I am going to fund her mayoral campaign? Who needs to look into this? Lisa Madigan's office? Electoral board?

    If Karen Lewis runs, she should resign from her position at the CTU, not merely take a leave of absence. She should not be allowed to take a leave of absence. Smells very very crooked to me. Lewis can't have her cake and eat it too (.....yes, I know she eats lots of cake).

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Teachers pay taxes too. Besides, you can't dictate what government employees spend their money on. Using your illogic you should be able to determine what every government employee, vendor, contractor, etc spends their money on. That is silly.

    So you are saying all candidates should resign from whatever job position they have while running for office?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    No, I am saying that because of the fact that "fair share" does not give choice and forces all teachers to pay union dues that my tax dollars should not be spent on union dues. It is a perverse situation and Illinois should move to a right to work status and let true democracy determine if teachers choose to pay union dues. I do not care what teachers do with their money, but I do care that my tax dollars are funding Karen Lewis' political machine when I have absolutely no say in anything that has to do with a union. It is just wrong. .

    Candidates that are truly committed do resign from their current position. The point is that Karen Lewis should resign because it the union dues are supporting her bid for Mayor and the fair share rules make it very questionable for her to remain a part of the CTU. She needs to resign from CTU if she wants to run for mayor.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    We have a few short-sighted cowboys at our school who are not CTU members. They benefit from our contract, but don't want to pay in... but they got to because our contractual pay scale and protections cover them. I'm pretty sure if they had to negotiate their own contract with CPS instead of piggy-backing off of ours they would change their silly anti-union rhetoric real quick.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The RTW legislation will be the best way to control CTU by members .
    Look at Indiana it is a best example how members can be satisfied and pay their dues without question.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Will the real D299 Reader please stand up:
    My Crystal ball fogged up in this humidity but apparently
    yours still works.How do you know what Karen will or will not do?

    Ps Alex just how many bloggers on this site use the name
    district299reader ? It is getting sort of funny when one or
    perhaps a platoon of them engage in a string.Since they do not have the desire to use their names just the number would do.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Okay, so in a round about way, the taxes you pay for your property and sales tax in the city - which pays teachers and garbage pick up, and police, and firemen is paying union dues - which all of the above mentioned pays out.
    Why aren’t you standing up against DePaul getting TIF dollars (your tax monies) to build a stadium/arena? Why aren’t you standing up against the bribery that got us the Red light cameras? Or even the millions/billions of TIF funds that are sitting in an obscure account being unused?

  • In reply to ladyfair:

    You go Ladyfair!

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  • In reply to ladyfair:

    Ladyfair, you are not understanding the point. It is not round-about. The "fair share" rules FORCE my tax dollars into union coffers. There is no choice in the matter and there is no way I as a taxpayer and citizen can change that. It is wrong. Right to work needs to be implemented in Illinois. Let true democracy take place and let the union members decide if they want to pay union dues and influence how much. Then if you choose to pay union dues, I do not care. The fact that you are forced to is the issue. Also at issue is because of this perverse incentive, Karen Lewis needs to resign from CTU if she decides to run for mayor.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    So, as a Catholic I may be opposed to abortion and I may not want my taxes funding abortions or paying for city worker insurance plans which cover abortions and birth control just as you think you should control where my payroll deductions go-CTU dues/fair share for non members are a payroll deduction as are taxes and insurance. Aren't you being a wee bit silly or are you on Rahm's payroll and can no longer think rationally? I would suggest you research the data on right to work states-I did and was surprised at how this law has kept workers in poverty. Maybe that is why less than half the states have adopted it......anniesullivan

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Anniesullivan, you may want to continue researching rtw. Arguably it has created more jobs. Indiana and Michigan are great examples of how it works that are more similar to Illinois economy than southern states like Alabama. RTW allows for true democracy. It lets a worker choose whether or not they want to pay union dues. Choice verses being forced to pay. That is democracy!

    Insurance is not the same. A worker has a choice. They can refuse insurance. The worker chooses to pay for insurance through their employer. The "fair share" rule takes away that choice. There is no choice. The deduction is forced from the worker's paycheck. So it is forcing my tax dollars into union coffers. This is wrong.

    Sorry, you can fantasize that I work for Rahm. No dice! I am a real cps parent, real taxpayer and real voter. No to Karen Lewis! I guess I am becoming an "anyone but Karen voter".

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You are 100% correct. Your statement is concise and logical.
    Members do not like to feed union fake activists.
    It is an extortion.
    Hopefully ,Bruce will be a winner in il.
    People waiting for a rtw legislation and change/elimination of the Illinois Educational Labor Relation Board(Unions never lost any case).

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Research her pension base with the CTPF.
    You will be surprises.
    Former CTU crooks collect more than 110K on regular base .

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Correction -mistyping.surprised

  • So Lewis's Op-Ed on Career Education was pretty entertaining right. She assumes that a Fire Department hiring preference means that CPS students have to be given a "lack of knowledge/skill" preference to get the job. Sorry KL, the preference is for those who have equal skill . .. . and what's wrong with that? We should grow our own and give preference to our own. Why shouldn't we prefer and in-district candidate with the same skill and knowledge? And, WTF, why would you assume that CPS students need a lack of skill/knowledge advantage. They don't!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Karen Lewis' article on fire department preference is a STUNT. She is pandering to another voting block. So blatantly a stunt and only for her campaign purposes. Must mean she is now for school choice and will support vouchers so parents who choose to go catholic can direct their tax dollars to support a catholic education. The hypocrisy continues!

    I suppose she is also against Northwestern and University of Chicago giving CPS students who qualify preference. When she clearly benefited from affirmative action in her education. The hypocrisy continues!

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Karen explained that she came to this position when she spoke to rank and file fire and police. Emanuel CAN'T and won't speak to the rank and file unless it is a scripted event.

    From day one she has promoted grassroots democracy. Research CTU Delegates meetings and the strike. Decisions are made by the vote of thousands of delegates, not decree like Emanuel and his rubber stamp alderman.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Karen Lewis "opinion piece" is a STUNT STUNT STUNT STUNT. You can't dress it up any other way. It is a political ploy to appeal to a voting block. Karen Lewis never said anything about private school kids in the past. Now all of a sudden she has an "interest". Give me a break. The hypocrisy continues.

    Karen Lewis will say whatever works for however the political wind is blowing at the moment. Look at her record so far. Contradiction upon contradiction. Who knows what she stands for or believes. It depends on the day, the audience and her menstrual cycle. Not what voters are looking for in a leader. The hypocrisy of Karen Lewis continues.........

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You really hate women, don't you?

  • In reply to district299reader:

    You can type STUNT two thousand times more, the fact is your stunted ballerina from Wilmette will be packing his bags and going back home to DC next spring.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    The "Rahm is not a Chicagoan" approach is interesting. How do families with recent immigration feel about the CTU deciding who meets the minimum criteria for being a full-fledged member of local society?

    I previously volunteered to be the 'white czar" for the Lewis administration, using my in depth knowledge of Caucasians to rid the city of the white scourge. I propose expanding my position to include developing the Real Chicagoan Test.

    I'm all about the caring and the vacationing, so I should fit right in.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    B.S.Anyone but Lewis.

  • Lewis Pandering to the many families that don't use CPS. Rahm pandering to African Americans. Get used to it.

    The problem Lewis has is reconciling the massive b.s. that has come out of the CTU with a coherent centrist policy.

    Remember teachers, no "Accounting Tricks" in the Lewis Administration! The 2015-16 school year, with a billion dollars taken out of the budget, would be interesting would be interesting with Lewis in charge.

  • In reply to Donn:

    Donn is more vigilant in prognosticating future broken campaign promises and imaginary future lies for a person who has not even announced her candidacy than he is identifying and discussing Emanuel's massive BS.

    By the way, you are making the same dumb mistake Emanuel has with all of this "centrist policy" silliness. This isn't a national election it is local. More police, an elected school board, reallocation of TIF funds, transparency, true input from residents, and honesty are all centrist issues for Chicagoans. The only people who do not consider these centrist issues are Emanuel, his toadies, and his m/billionaire bosses who don't live in Chicago anyway.

  • In reply to Donn:

    Four years ago ,somebody published a FOIA response regarding Lewis pension (CTPF).
    It could be interesting to do the same thing now and compare.
    Only few people are aware that Karen love to give herself a raise and build her future pension on such base.
    Only few people are aware that union employees have unusual benefits like dues paid annuity.
    Do more research on those scumbags.

  • q and a from chicago magazine -- Can Barbara Byrd-Bennett Save Chicago’s Schools? | Chicago magazine | September 2014 http://ow.ly/AC8tx

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    I'll save you all the effort of reading the BBB story.

    Can Barbara Byrd-Bennett Save Chicago’s Schools?

    No. She doesn't make any important decisions. She is Joe Biden without the power.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    What does "Save Chicago Schools" mean? Improving student outcomes will require teachers willing to work more than the CTU contract. It will require organizing students into efficient schools with realistic missions.

    I suspect what you mean by "Save Chicago Schools" is keeping open a particular school of which you have an attachment.

    As far as the BBB q and a on the strike, she was apparently in a alternate reality during that event. She can't seriously believe that the strike and its length was determined by contract negotiations.

  • In reply to Donn:

    Improving student outcomes means to change local culture ,including relationships at home.
    CPS educates only 8% white students.
    Guess why.
    Why taxpayers should support criminals and kids who have no interest in education?
    Why taxpayers should support union staffers who do not have a representation in their minds as a priority ?
    Do you want to force teachers to work 24/7 hoping to save crack babies?
    Vote for Rauner ,folks.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Is this from the Rauner camp? Man, (or should I say "Man ,") if this is the type of representation he is getting then his PAC is ripping him off.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Perhaps you come from royalty, but the rest of us are descended from ancestors who were in poverty. Most students in CPS are wonderful children. Most who are not so wonderful have broken lives outside of school. How do you propose breaking this cycle?

    Those who rise do so through opportunity and effort. I would like CTU teachers, who receive a yearly professionals' salary, to work a professionals' schedule.

    Taxpayers should support urban teachers who do not consider minimizing time with students a success. That has nothing to do with working 24/7. Just the schedule every other professional is expected to work.

    I probably won't vote for Rauner. But one issue he has right is that the CTU is a dead end.

  • In reply to Donn:

    Wow! You are totally clueless as to how many hours it takes the average teacher to prepare, communicate with parents and staff and grade papers. My friends in private industry work less hours than I do, have perks and most make more money. I love teaching, came from an immigrant background and was awarded free tuition based upon my ACT. If teachers truly worked less hours than other professional why do half leave before the five year mark. The ones who run the fastest are those who come into teaching during economic downturns-they are in shock-ask them.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    Yet irony of writing the above while on your long summer vacation somehow escapes you.

    If by "clueless" you mean that I directly compare the work effort of CTU members to other professionals including teachers, then yes, I am "clueless".

    You insist of forcing poor people into location based schools that don't work well, then you complain about the effort involved. All of which justifies three months vacation. It takes a good olde tyme union effort to make that logic seem reasonable.

  • In reply to Donn:

    http://humanresources.about.com/od/glossaryv/g/paid_vacation.htm

    So the average paid vacation days in the U.S. for employees with 21+ years is 21 days. We get ten paid vacation days-a week at Christmas and a week in the spring for a total of 10.

    Karen Lewis does work in the summer just as APs and principals do-so she gets paid-who cares?

    CPS employees who are on a 42 week salary (look it up on CPS) get 9 weeks off in the summer and a week off at Christmas-no pay.

    Where are you getting three months?

    Why do suburban teachers receive overtime for additional duties that CPS teachers do for free?

    Name me one company in the U.S. where the employees buy their own cleaning products and pay for the parking lots to be plowed(this practice has stopped thanks to CTU) For years I paid 60.00 to have the lot plowed because the city refused(not their property) and CPS did not budget in snow blowers.

    Donn-please sign up to sub in CPS-the portal is open right now and your eyes will be opened......

  • In reply to Donn:

    So now you're arguing that teaching in CPS is not a full time job. Either you're overpaid part timers, or full time professionals who don't provide enough instruction for capable high need students.

    The only way to progress is to provide more instruction to those high need students who are capable of taking advantage of the opportunity. The CTU clearly decided that 200 days and 5.5 hours of school was all that its members should provide. The CTU should only be allowed to teach the students that are appropriate match to the contract.

    All of my children were appropriate students for the CTU contract.

  • In reply to district299reader:

    How do you feel about Karen Lewis prorating a teacher salary to a full year. So you should take your salary and add 30% to be the true teacher salary because you do not work a full year per Karen Lewis. This is according to your union boss Karen Lewis justifying her salary. This is her math.

  • An 18 year CPS classroom veteran describes how his family chose to send their children to Namaster (charter) school The White Rhino: A Chicago Latino English Teacher http://t.co/z3qaow.ly/AE0UC what do you think?

  • I am curious as to Mr Salazar's response to the question as to why Namaste did not make AYP? I was really surprised when I pulled up the ISBE report card. The test scores are not impressive given the small class sizes and the ability to select the population. I find it unusual that there were no public schools in his 60629 zip code acceptable to him and that driving his children to another zip code was the only choice. I understand wanting the best education for your child. I know CPS teachers who send their children to religious schools or gifted schools and that is the right choice for their child.
    I guess I'm biased as I've seen too many children transfer into my school below level from the charter schools. The high turnover rate, uncertified staff and questionable "counseling out" have turned me off.

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