Parents of CPS students need to be heard and acknowledged. Our children and our families are being greatly affected by the Chicago Teacher's Strike! I support the great teachers of Chicago, but I do not support this strike. Every time I see a sign with a scathing message for Mayor Emanuel, I am more convinced that this strike is about getting back at the Mayor and not about providing a better education for the children of Chicago. Just so I'm clear, I'm not a big fan of the Mayor or the CTU.
Parents are worried about the future education of their children. If the union delegates vote not to end the strike again, I think that the teachers and their union will lose the parent's support. I think that one quote in particular from Karen Lewis has raised a few hairs with parents.
"They're not happy with the agreement. They'd like it to be a lot better for us than it is," Lewis said. "This is the deal we got. This is not a good deal by any stretch of the imagination, not (compared) to what our members are (used) to having."
The delegates want a deal that they are accustomed to having based on prior contracts. Are they aware that we are in a recession? Companies everywhere are still cutting benefits, salaries and employees. Where do our children fit into this equation? The longer day which includes art, music, gym and enrichment classes was decided prior to the strike. It appears that the strike was about evaluations, salaries, benefits, job security and sticking it to the Mayor.
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I want to thank you for your support of my blog. Your readership is valued and important to me. I have blogged a lot about the Chicago Teacher's Strike and not about general parenting issues lately. I'm sorry if any of you have been disappointed by this. However this is an issue that is a part of my life right now because my children attend public school in Chicago. I will get back to my regular blogging soon. I hope that you will continue to support my blog.