Tag: Chicago Teachers Union

An eloquent defense of school choice in Chicago.

The systemic racism of Chicago’s public school system, as explained by John Kass. Charter public school students, parents and advocates rally in 2014 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in support of choice. Hear them.  (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune) If you want to talk about “systemic racism”, you need look no further than the... Read more »

You've been unmasked in Illinois, but not the children. What the hell?

Illinois, at last, is emerging from unwarranted COVID-19 restraints, but kids still may be stuck wearing masks. Take that stupid mask off our children. Under Gov. J.B. Pritzker, masks will not be required for vaccinated people, except when federal, state or local law requires one, like on public transportation. Swell. It’s only months late. But... Read more »

Do Biden or Pritzker give a flying fig about the children?

No. If they did, they would use their authority and bully pulpit to get the Chicago teachers back in the classroom. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has the power to order Illinoisans to “shelter” in their h0mes, to ruin businesses and to padlock the schools. He’s a Democrat, the same party as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, yet... Read more »
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Are begging or empty threats enough to get Chicago teachers to return to school?

We shall see. In the meantime, the Chicago Teachers Union continues abusing children Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a sometimes emotional press conference Thursday morning said the ball is in the court of the Chicago Teachers Union if an agreement is to be reached got re-open the city’s schools. I think the ball is in her... Read more »

CTU prez Sharkey will "manage" Mayor Lightfoot

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that the Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey figures that the union should or can “manage” Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. But that’s how Sharkey thinks  the union can handle the mayor, as if she were his employe, underling or subordinate. The balls on that guy. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Sharkey made this... Read more »

Mayor Lightfoot, drop the hammer on the Chicago Teachers Union

CTU isn’t just keeping kids out of school; it’s spreading misinformation about the dangers of classroom learning Monday will tell the tale of whether Chicago public school teachers care as much about their students as the leaders of the CTU claim. That’s when the Chicago Public Schools has ordered 15,000 teachers to return to their classrooms... Read more »
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Not content with shafting the kids, CTU demands more power to do more damage

House Bill 2275, on Pritzker’s desk, would free the union to bargain over items it has no business having a hand in Under current Illinois law, the Chicago Public Schools is not required to bargain with Chicago Teachers Union over such management prerogatives as class size, length of the school day and year, class schedules, academic calendar, places of... Read more »

A deep exploration of the science and data of the coronavirus

How do you have a rational discussion when someone says he is “following the science” when it is so obvious he is ignorant of the science. Case in point: The argument that Chicago teachers are “following the science” when they refuse to return to their jobs in the classroom because they are so “at risk.” Truth... Read more »

The unspeakable hypocrisy of a Chicago Teachers Union officer

The Chicago Teachers Union board member tells teachers they have to stay home. Yet she takes a Caribbean vacation. Just how stupid do you have to be to be a board member? dennis@dennisbyrne.net www.dennisbyrne.net  My historical novel: Madness: The War of 1812 To subscribe to the Barbershop, type your email Address the address s in... Read more »
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The Chicago Teachers Union is a national disgrace

While some other big city public schools are working toward opening their schools for in-classroom instruction, the reintroduction of in-person learning in  Chicago Public Schools is being stifled by the Chicago Teacher Union leadership. The CTU isn’t just opposed to in-school instruction, it his seeking an injunction to slam the school door shut. And it has unveiled “demands” would hand... Read more »