Stand For Illinois invited The Chicago Moms to a Community Conversation that really honed in on a lot of the misconceptions and gave direction on many of the heated topics.
As advocate for children across the nation, with factions in several states, Stand For Children lobbies for timely dissemination of information, pertinent legislation and pressing reform.
I was met by CPS teachers outside the door who were making sure their views were distributed to attendees prior to us having the forum. It didn’t really leave a good taste in my mouth. The CTUnet.com pamphlet boasted that they “Hope Brizard and the Board of Education will finally listen to us because we’ve shown that we mean business.”
The distributed materials from inside the forum were actually objective and monumentally informational.
A glossary was provided along with “Frequently Asked Questions & Answers”.
Did you know that mediations between Chicago Public School and Chicago Teacher’s Union started in February of 2012?
Were you aware that the 75 day “fact-finding” process began May 1st?
If there is indeed a work stoppage as result of the strike vote 400,00 + students, 22, 000 teachers and hundreds of support staff will be impacted.
Charter schools will not be effected but traditional, selective and turnarounds schools would be. State Law requires 176 days of student attendance, how will these hours be made up? General State Aid that is based on “best three months” will affect funding. How is this to be rectified?
Teachers will likely get retrofitted into their pays but how can you retrace the loss of learning?
I did not cringe until I sat through some very rude rebuttals by disgruntled parents. Ever wonder where that bully in your kid’s class gets it? No wonder society is in the grips of some of its worse battles with bad behavior. Some parents really need a “time-out”. The second time I cringed? Learning that the average CPS teacher currently earns roughly $71, 237.00 annually.
Really? After 24 years of supervising the worst Cook County Criminals on probation, I don’t see anywhere near that pay scale; even with my Master’s degree. Made me really say, “hmmmm” as to what all of this is really about.
CPS and CTU’s current contract will expire June 30, 2012. Disagreements on “Section 4.5″, that portion of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Act which states that there are several subjects that simply do not have to be collectively bargained in simple concise language are somehow still being disputed. Some of these “permissive” subjects can be decided on without a consensus, for example third party contracting, reduction in force, class size, staffing, assignment, schedules, technology, and length of the school year and work day.
There seems no impasse can be acquired with all that is at stake, I suppose the fate of the children is laying at the feet of posturing and hot tempers. Let’s hope this all gives way to an increase in communication and an eye on the greater good.
Meanwhile, I might be looking for a new job!
Photo art by Basha Russell
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