Monday, May 14, 2007

Marilyn Stewart Makes A Deal For More Charters In Chicago

The full story is here at Catalyst.

Well, well, well. What is it about incompetence that people find so attractive? Anyone who votes for these guys is just plain foolish. Marilyn and the UPC are cutting a deal in Springfield to bring more charters to Chicago. I guess losing over 2,000 dues paying teachers wasn't enough for the UPC crowd. They want to weaken our union more. This makes me sick to my stomach.

Here are some excerpts from the Catalyst story:

Chicago would get 15 new charters, but have limits placed on expansion campuses of existing charters, under proposed legislation crafted by Senate President Emil Jones Jr. and the Chicago Teachers Union.

At least three of the new charters would be required to serve chronic truants and dropouts, an idea hatched by legislators who recently visited several such schools in California.

The compromise proposal is significant because the Chicago Teachers Union and its statewide parent union, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, had made reining in charter expansion a centerpiece of their legislative agenda this year. Meanwhile, Jones had sought to double—from 30 to 60—the number of charters allowed in Chicago Public Schools.
And here is an interesting comment I found on the Catalyst comment section of this story from someone named Rod Estvan.

Now that the education funding bill has sunk, it is not at all clear that the CTU/Jones deal is still in place. CTU needs a funding bill to be able to cut a deal with CPS for pay increases. Right now there is no funding bill in sight that can pass the General Assembly. The main reason for the compromise was to get money to CPS, now that deal is gone. Will a stand alone deal on specific charter school expansion in return for limiting individual charters from having multiple sites under one charter be worth it for the CTU? I would guess it might not. Because in two years the whole issue can start again with calls for more charters, so the deal is basically meaningless.

Rod Estvan on Fri May 5, 2007 at 05:47:50 PM
Click here to read his comment in total.

What are your thoughts? Why did this story not break until this close to the election? What is going on over at the Merchandise Mart?


Anonymous said...

As an educator, like many others that work diligently with children, I wear so many hats: friend, father, big brother, and uncle. I hope that one day the system that manipulates our pension will not treat us as second-class workers as if we were indebted to them. For once, teachers should have the flexibility to invest their pension like... See More white collar workers and allow us to pull our pensions for borrowing. People, hellooo, as it is, we are prohibited to do so and many teachers have to borrow money from elsewhere with interest and forced into the hardship cycle of debt. For once, let's help our struggling educators (yes, teachers in Chicago try to make ends meet, too) with the option to borrow from their pensions like white collar employees do and have the same privilege without unreasonable penalties. Oh, by the way, to the systems utter embarrassment, there are blue collar worker pensions that supercede teacher pension benefits, my God, the irony. It's no surprise that politicians and greedy corporations have swept and hid their dirt under the systems carpet and have turned a blind eye to this fiscal crime on public educators. It's time for change, and for a big one.

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