AM News: 300 Teachers Displaced [Not Fired]

Eight schools will be closed or turned around Catalyst
a month of packed community hearings and protests, today’s meeting was
pretty low-key with a few speeches calling for a moratorium on school
actions and some teachers pleading for more time.

Pink Slips for Teachers, Big Changes for Kids WBEZ
300 teachers in Chicago can look forward to pink slips. And thousands
of students will attend different schools or get a completely new set
of teachers next year. [300 displaced but not necessarily out of a job, right?]

300-plus teachers facing shake-up as overhauls OKd Sun Times
The shakeups, which could displace more than 300 teachers and other
school personnel, come just as employees at board headquarters braced
for what sources said could be as many as 500 midyear administrative
job cuts.

Big changes slated for 3rd Ward schools Chicago Journal
Chicago Board of Education was expected to affirm a plan to
“turnaround” Wendell Phillips High School, 244 E. Pershing, at its Feb.
24 meeting, and designate a nonprofit organization, the Academy of
Urban School Leadership, as the school’s new operator.

Board Of Ed. Rules On 8 Schools WBBM
promised some form of protest in the wake of the board’s action but
wouldn’t specify if that would amount to a physical job action like a
walkout, sit-in, or some other form of protest.

Ill. Gov. Quinn considers $2B in budget cuts AP
officials warned Wednesday that Gov. Pat Quinn would have to cut
spending more than $2 billion, or 8 percent, next year — while the
recession increases the need for state services — unless he finds new

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  • more from rossi about an honor student who wanted to speak but couldn't,CST-NWS-skulside25.article

    and from wgn to,CST-NWS-skulside25.article

    see any other coverage, pass it along


  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I witnessed this sickening spectacle and the person I was angriest with was Carol Caref and the other CORE member who set this student up. When the student first went up, she was htere with an other student. A CORE member followed for reasons that were unclear (was he her teacher or did he play some role in the award for her or the other student). Nothing was said but when the presentation was over, it was clear from the CORE members' body language that the student had prepared some remarks that she did not get to deliver.

    Any other responsible adult would have sought out a Board staffer to find out what the deal was and whether the student could make her presentation in some fashion. But that would have lost an opportunity to make the Board look bad. . . so Ms. Caref, naturally, grandstands, calling Munana out likes she's some kind of Ogre deliberately trying to hurt the feelings of this poor girl which of course made the situation impossible . . . so Munana relents and, by this time, the kid is convinced that the members of the Board are being mean and disrespectful to her just because they are horrible people (as opposed to the fact that they had 50 speakers).

    Clearly CORE was using this kid . . . I can just hear the discussion about how great it would be have an award-winning student speak out against the "cruel" school closings and turn-arounds while being honored by the Board. Sure, Munana could have handled this more delicately. BUT, I have NO respect for "educators" who try to use children as pawns in adult disputes (and make no mistake about it, school closings and turnaround disputes are purely about adult jobs).

    It's not a pretty sight. If I were that child's parent I would be having a very angry conversation with Ms. Caref.

    Poor showing CORE.

  • In reply to DebateMan:

    Actually, this particular student was *invited* to speak. Poor form to disallow it. And she was not anyone's pawn. This student is intelligent, articulate, and motivated enough to stand up for herself. It's interesting and revealing to see who does and who does not want to hear from the most important stakeholders in education - the students themselves.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Invited to speak by the Board, unless the media got it wrong.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    the chicago news cooperative weighs in with its version of the board meeting and what happens next, including a couple of quotes from huberman and soto and news of a new study coming out of the consortium that sounds like it might not be as unequivocally pro-turnaround as some of you might expect.

  • press release lays out cps version of the $900 million hole and various huberman scenarios for getting out of trouble:


    February 25, 2010

    Chicago Public Schools Officials Brace for FY 2011 $900 Million Shortfall

    After imposing a series of budget cuts and tough cost-containment actions that closed a $475 million budget deficit in fiscal 2010, Chicago Public Schools face an FY 2011 shortfall that could run as high as $900 million, officials announced today.

    CPS Chief Executive Officer Ron Huberman today issued the early warning that the nation

  • from ctu:

    Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman today announced that CPS is facing a significant fiscal deficit for the year ahead. The Chicago Teachers Union was briefed on the situation only a few hours before Mr. Huberman made his statement.

    Mr. Huberman is asking the CTU to work with him in seeking additional funding from the state legislature. That is something CTU has been advocating for several years, because we always have felt that a long-range solution is needed for a school district that is continually under-funded by the state. We will work with Mr. Huberman on that score.

    At the same time, though, I want to make it clear that we will not agree to ANY proposal that either destroys our contract or fails to maintain the integrity of our pension system. Nor will we tolerate the implied threats being made by Mr. Huberman that he may have to cut programs and services for our students or lay off teachers.

    The Chicago Board of Education must honor the contract it signed with CTU and, at the same time, provide a well-rounded education for its 600,000 students. Both entities deserve no less.

    Please support me in these important efforts. We are strongest when we all stand together.

    In unity,

  • now it's a billion!

  • Screwed

    Well kiddies get ready the games are about to begin. Now the deficit is a billion.
    In the next few weeks we will be under intense pressure to cave in and give up
    that which we have earned. I am sure the union will fail to protect the contract
    And every

  • In reply to rbusch:

    I would want an independent investigation into the budget. The budget needs to be unmasked! I don't trust Huberman or Daley! While there is a large deficit, it makes sense they will use the crisis to bring down public education.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    Board hearing not the only thing that happened that day. See this account of CORE taking it to City Council and Mr. Daley. Substance
    Mayor's Office Passes The Buck By Jackson Potter - February 25, 2010

    On Wednesday, February 24, 2010, twenty five members of the Bradwell, Marshal and JN Thorpe school communities, with allies from the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), stormed Mayor Daley ... (for third time ...)

  • In reply to rbusch:

    back and forth between huberman and stewart, via catalyst

    all that's left is class size and programs -- ?

  • In reply to rbusch:

    The new PM Group is growing..Huberman's Patronage Management Group. These high paid cronies should be shown the door. They serve no constructive purpose on improving education. The state of leadership at the Chicago Public Schools is at a new low. The morale within the whole organization is at an all time low due to the lack of leadership and honesty on the part of the Chicago Board of Education. Gaming the "Data" to close schools shows that there is no honesty at the top. Amateur Hour rules in Huberman's office.

  • In reply to rbusch:

    During good times, the CPS did not reopen the contract to give us raises or added benefits . . . The same work for less money doesn't "work" for me. So as Monique Bond has a job, there's no way they should be crying poor.

  • What kind of concessions have you made? One of the reasons that we are in this mess is because the politicians did not manage the money correctly. They are using this to make the public dislike us and pressure us to cave.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I forgot to mention my name for the post above....Sam

  • Have you seen the PM graphs and data coming out of the PM office? They don't appear to understand data at all. They are dealing with strict outcome data. They don't appear to understand component data at all. They don't appear to know how to scale a graph.

    I'm honestly not sure. I know these are brilliant people. So are they simply underequipped to understand educational data, or are they twisting data for their agenda?

    As for teachers not understanding data, I would suggest that's the union's job to educate its members. But many of us do understand the data, and how to improve instruction, but we are not invited into the decision making process at the district level.

  • Don't blame teachers and the CTU for a 4% increase. The Board agreed to the current contract - at the very least hold them equally responsible. When the Board breaks *all* of their other contracts - every single one - only then would I consider allowing them to break their agreement with me and my Union. Then and only then. If CPS claims they can't make cuts with *all* of their contractors and consultants because of contractual obligations then it is inappropriate for them to request cuts from teachers. It is pure absurdity for CPS to selectively hide behind the argument of contractual obligations.

    The Board, which claims a significant portion of the deficit results from pension payouts, has also been negligent in its financial (mis)management. Had the Board, with the permission of state legislators, not taken a 10 year holiday from their pension payment obligations then those payments today wouldn't be nearly as oppressive as they are.

    Obviously, a major expense is teacher salaries. This is true in every school district. Why does it seem like such a shock to some people? The Board also has routinely declined to offer early retirement - a proven solution for significantly reducing annual salary obligations. It would also fit in with the current CPS/Ren10 goal of bringing in newer, younger, cheaper teachers.

    Of course, the mayor and city council are also responsible. TIFs drain tremendous amounts of money from the Chicago Public Schools.

    Opening new schools is expensive. Rod Estvan has posted on this subject here and he is right on the money. Likewise, new programs are expensive and, in my time with the Board, usually fail. IDS, for instance costs something like $30+ million from downtown each year, minimum. (That figure may be double that because the Board only pays half the amount for IDS. Local schools pay the rest. Not surprisingly, the Board's budget is not clear on the issue.) That may sound like chump change in the grand scheme of things, but it's an easy cut that doesn't negatively impact teachers or students and gives educators back their professional autonomy.

    Also, hold our state legislators responsible. They place Illinois last in state funding for education. (49 out of 50, actually. But Nevada, #50, gets copious amounts of education money from casinos rather than from the state.)

    Teachers in the classroom are not the bad guys here and are not the root cause of CPS financial difficulties. It is disingenuous to whine about a deficit and ask others to sacrifice when those responsible for the deficit choose to hemorrhage money voluntarily.

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