Rahm Still Fighting

It’s Day Three back in school and in today’s news there’s lots of sifting through the rubble.  What’s really in the contract?  When’s it get ratified?  Who won and who lost?  Will it make any real difference? Rich Miller thinks Rahm is still being petulant.  Eric Zorn thinks the talks would have been better if they’d been open to the public.  WBEZ says there are some things in the contract that may not have been very well understood.

Standardized test scores count the same in teacher evaluations WBEZ: Perception among many teachers is that the union successfully pushed back on the percentage of testing that makes up a teacher’s grade. That’s not what the contract says.

Emanuel uses TV and a letter to parents to sell strike settlement Tribune via GothamSchools:  In a political-style TV and radio ad blitz launched Wednesday, Emanuel says “change is never easy” but declares the outcome “the right deal for our kids.”

Ratification vote on teachers union contract set for Oct. 2 Sun Times: Due to union rules that any contract must be approved within 10 days of the suspension of a strike, “Everybody has to vote sometime on Oct. 2,’’ Mayle said. Votes on the 197-page contract will be tallied late Oct. 2 and into Oct. 3 and possibly Oct. 4, Mayle said.

Paying for the new teacher contract Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel could go a long way toward paying for the new teachers contract — without closing schools, raising class size or laying off teachers — by reversing financial maneuvers he ordered last year to prop up the city budget.

Lawmakers may again discuss education law in light of teachers strike WBEZ: When Illinois lawmakers passed an education reform law known as Senate Bill 7, many thought teacher strikes in Chicago would be a thing of the past.The bill required 75 percent of teachers to be in favor of a strike.

Lunch before 10 a.m.: Schools say they have no choice NBC News: Overcrowded schools and tight budgets have contributed to unusual school schedules where students start class at 7 a.m. and eat their midday meal as early as 8:30 a.m.

School closings: what ‘everyone knows’ CMW:  “Everyone knows schools must be closed in large numbers,” according to a Chicago Sun-Times editorial published Thursday. But does “everyone” really know schools must be closed?

Show of hands, please, on support for open teacher talks Eric Zorn: Douglas County chose earlier this year to open the doors on contract negotiations with their school board — a rare event in Colorado — and the result has been mixed. Though talks are stalled, Peek-Dunstone said the openness has allowed rank-and-file teachers to be better informed about the issues.

Eventually, you gotta govern Capitol Fax: It’s still a war to him. A campaign, if you will. Governing is more than warring and campaigning, however. And that’s a hard lesson that I don’t think he has yet learned, even with his much-vaunted White House experience.


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  • This week I met a man who has worked at McDonalds for 26 years. He has no benefits, retirement, pension and no savings. Just a uniform. What we must realize the same people who wish to privatize public education, make billions of dollars off the backs of hard working Americans like the man I met. He and others like him
    said they were proud of CTU's struggle and drew inspiration from it. Please resist the temptation of turning the future of our children over to folks who run these corporations all in the name of the "open free market," and "competition." The same market that caused the middle class to take its hardest hit in a decade, the same market that caused companies to make billions and receive more from government bail outs under two administrations, the same market that caused the housing market to crash? No, resist. My sons' education cannot be sold off to an ideology that sees them as merely products and not persons. #wealldeservebetter!

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel, you lost to the Chicago Teachers' Union. Get over it.

  • Paying for the new teacher contract

    I read the Sun times editorial. It basically suggests shuffling funding around and taking funds from one type of public service and transferring it to another type of public service. this ia akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. It glosses over the glaring fact that the City of Chicago does not have enough revenue for its major public functions. That's why rham is talking about raising cigarette taxes and Ald Cardenas has come up with his 'safety fee' to be tacked on to our Commonwealth Edison bills. Everyone knows the City needs more money and they are all trying to think up gimmcks in order to avoid facing the inevitable. Sooner or later someone is going to say the dreaded words : CITY INCOME TAX. Try saying it to yourselves a few times a day . Pretty soon you will get used to it which is a good idea because it is coming. it is the only way to plug the larger and larger deficits . As per the Sun Times , CPS' anticipated deficit in 2013 will be $1 billion and that was before the new contract. Then there are the deficits for the City and the CTA and God knows what else. All this is without even talking about underfunded pensions and the money owed for those. How high should the New Tax be? I was goiing to suggest 1% but given the fact that the average salary in chicago is about $42K per year, I am not sure that would raise enough money. Would it cause some people to move out? Maybe but I have an anwer to that: an Exit tax and that has been upheld by the courts so don't start yelling "unconstitutional". have a nice day!

  • Deplorable teaching conditions? Not at Crown Elementary Academy in North Lawndale - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/dUhU7

  • In reply to Alexander Russo:

    Seems like a great school.

    Could we, for once, have a sane discussion here?

    So I looked at the CPS Sxchool Report Card and what struck me is that the enrollment is at 297 but mid-point enrollment should be about 700. Would this successful school be a target for consolidation? (its standing is "Good - Level 2, but it is "on Probation") If another school were to be combined with this school at this location, which school would it be, and what would be the impact?

    My underlying premise is that the inefficiency of schools with less than 300 students is unsustainable. The cost of operating the facility, security, administration and quality wrap around services are too high. Operating duplicate libraries, playgrounds, computer labs is wasteful or not possible.

  • In reply to CPS Parent:

    The problem: Looking at under-enrollment at the present time or just two years into the future. You shut down one building and sell it off. Change the borders of those neighboring schools of the shut down school to merge the area. For the immediate future, the plan works.
    BUT then the closed school neighborhood has a turn around within 5 to 10 years, and more families with school age children move in. Those 'feeder' schools become overcrowded. And CPS only creates bandaids for relief. I have seen this happen to several neighborhood schools.
    While no one has a working crystal ball to look into the long term future, it seems that some one in city hall and CPS should be looking and planning forward instead of just the 'today'.
    What is a shame is that no one is really investing in the future. The children are the future, not someone's bottom line.

    Why we spend more for jails than we do education?

  • Hospitals are required to prove more beds are needed before additions or new buildings. Is there a similar process for schools in Illinois?

  • LSNA mentor Patricia Lopez and CPS teacher Monica Sims panelists at Education Nation tomorrow AM and tues http://ow.ly/dVksB

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