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Chicago Teachers on Strike But Is It For Real?

reedmom Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 10:12 AM
I agree that the special ed as currently done is a problem. For many, if not most, of those kids, mainstreaming doesn't help them learn better, probably doesn't even make them "feel" better and hurts the kids who are not special needs. Honest educators will tell you this, but most won't say it publicly. However, I still don't think it's the "biggest" problem. The BIGGEST problem is the teacher's unions and the second biggest is the schools of education that are a mess.
chdouglas Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 10:35 PM
First, IDEA is a law passed in 1976 that states that students with disabilities must be given equal access to education. As a teacher, and parent of an autistic daughter, I can tell you that inclusion allowed my daughter the opportunity to learn with her friends. She had her challenges, however, I am thankful to all her teachers for the opportunities she received from her teachers and her classes. I grew in a time when special needs students were considered the "freaks" of the school. If you can pair a special needs student with a mainstream student, the research and data show that retention for the special needs student is significantly higher than when in the segregated educational community. Just look up the IDEA act.

The Chicago Teachers Union decided to flex it’s political muscles and strike. It’s not really a forced strike, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “They chose to strike.”. This strike isn’t about money, it’s about power. Will the Mayor bow down to the teachers union?

A couple of years ago, I wondered about how much a teacher really makes. You can click over and see the math. It’s pretty current, although since posting, the numbers might have gotten bigger. Essentially, teachers make more than you really think. The reason for that is that they have pensions that are guaranteed....

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