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Yes, but without the protection of our union, Rahm would do whatever he wanted. It is a conflict of interest for a Mayor of a city to also be in charge of an entire school system. The schools would be the main priority of a superintendent of a district. The mayor has to budget for the entire city and we are the ones who get hurt (along with firefighters, police officers, etc). Can you seriously imagine what the city would be like if the Mayor had complete power to do whatever he wanted without unions advocating for us and the children and citizens in this city? Does anyone really want that? If that's the case, we shouldn't have congress or house of reps either. Just let the president have complete power to do whatever he wants!
It is not dispersed evenly. Lower income, poverty areas do not have the "extra" money that the LSC (parents) can bring in. In wealthy areas, they have fundraisers that help schools generate additional funds to pay for paraprofessionals, additional teachers, fine arts teachers, etc. It is not proportionate at all. THAT is the problem, not teachers salaries or unions. People are buying into the media, where politicians are just deflecting from the fact that they are not taking responsibility for making the education system better. Money is wasted on administrators and CEOs, and high paying leases on buildings (while many schools are not air conditioned and teachers have 35 students). Do you think Rahm would work as hard only making $50K?
15 years of experience. 2 masters degrees. $60K in student loan debt. Net $50K a year. Pay into retirement (which the state wants to take), will not get social security. Pay over $400/month for health insurance. If Rahm is treating teachers like this WITH a union, what do you think he would do if we didn't have a union? What kind of quality teachers do you think would want to work for CPS? And, even if your children don't attend CPS, don't you want quality teachers educating youth to minimize the crime rate, poverty level, prison numbers? It is a domino effect. Don't you get it? They are looking at education like it is a business rather than a school system. You are directing your anger in the wrong direction here!
We also pay over $400 a month in healthcare. Yes, we have it so good!
Can't wait to see the quality teachers that they will attract. Privatizing education is called CHARTER schools. Test score performance is worse than neighborhood schools and they can PICK their students (unlike the neighborhood schools that have to take everyone in their boundaries). Why is this? Because they pay teachers at least 30% less than schools protected by the CTU. Yep, education will be so much better then! I'm glad your kids don't go to Chicago either, Mike! And, I hope for your sake that the government doesn't privatize everything because I'm sure you are going to need universal healthcare once that private sector replaces you with someone younger and brighter at that minimum wage job where you are employed!
Good idea, Whit. Can't wait to see the quality teachers that they will attract. Privatizing education is called CHARTER schools. Test score performance is worse than neighborhood schools and they can PICK their students (unlike the neighborhood schools that have to take everyone in their boundaries). Why is this? Because they pay teachers at least 30% less than schools protected by the CTU. Yep, education will be so much better then! Wake up!
Well, Mrs. Higglesby, it's a good thing YOU are not teaching children since YOU cannot spell correctly (I see two mistakes alone, just in this one blurb). Maybe lay off the pinot when spewing off your dysfunctional banter. And, if you are a "Mrs", I feel very sorry for your husband!
Performance rating, yes! Based on what, however? Non-educators want to create the 'rating'. What type of teachers do you think will volunteer to work in low-income, poverty areas if it is all based on standardized testing, with many OTHER issues going on that are outside of the classroom? What do you think society will be like if we can't recruit good, quality teachers to work in these areas. If I'm going to be paid on 'merit' based on my student's test scores, I'm going to go to a school where they are higher performing. THINK about what you are actually trying to tell yourself here!
We pay into retirement every month. We do not get social security when we retire. If you think clearing $50K with two masters degrees and working 50+ hours a week is appauling, I would imagine you are out of touch with reality, Artie!
don't work. WE DO NOT GET PAID OVER THE SUMMER. Money is taken out of our paycheck each month and that is what we get over the summer. I would hate to see the quality type of teachers that CPS will get if they take away all of our security, increase our healthcare, take away some of our salary and continue to disrespect us. You should be ashamed of yourselves. This isn't about unions, this is about politicians lining their pockets and bailing out big corporations while education continues to suffer. I agree, crappy teachers should be fired. If administrators did THEIR job, you can get rid of tenure teachers. We need to bail out education, fund programs, minimize class sizes, and have a salary that attracts the best teachers in the field!
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