I’m going to begin this blog with an apology. I am a working CPS teacher. That means that if news breaks during the day, I’m not going to be able to really comment on it until I come home from school later in the day. There was a lot of stuff that I learned after last night’s disastrous Notre Dame game that I would have loved to post on the blog.
The Inspector General Report is great. Not only does part of it read like an episode of The World’s Dumbest Criminals, but the other part calls out the hypocrisy of granting politically connected board employees waivers to live outside the district and then coming after the working stiffs.
There is a video of Karen Lewis making it’s way around and because it came from far right wing sources, I was going to ignore it the same way one would ignore the Westboro Baptist Church in a serious discussion on religion. However, because her quote has been truncated, I did want to post it in its entirety. Her quote is only offensive to people who don’t know labor history. I suppose if you don’t know how factory owners killed strikers and “agitators” then you might be angered, but it seems like much sound and fury signifying nothing. Am I wrong?
What is CPS covering up? According to Substance they’re covering up a lot. Whatever happened to Rahm Emanuel’s pledge of transparency?
Finally, it looks like the fine parents at Raise Your Hand Coalition got a response from BBB to their earlier letter.
“Attached is the response we received from CEO Byrd-Bennett on the letter we sent 1/3/12 regarding space utilization, and their process around school closings this year. As you’ll see, it looks like they are sticking by their formula of allowing 36 kids per homeroom to calculate utilization. We hope to meet with CEO Byrd-Bennett soon to further discuss.”
“In a complaint filed on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Education, a nonprofit advocacy group says that thousands of children are in Rashaan’s position because the Chicago Public Schools have repeatedly failed to evaluate children with disabilities and move them into special education preschool programs.”
“Unless the residency waivers to the high-ranking official and social worker are rescinded, the OIG must evaluate whether it can justify investigating allegations of residency violations in the future,” the report said. “Not only do those waivers send the wrong message, but (as it stands now) they have also muddied the question of legal enforceability of the residency requirement in at least some cases.”
“”The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just – off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that.”
The comment drew laughs and some scattered applause before Lewis added, “I don’t think we’re at that point. The key is that they think nothing of killing us. They think nothing about putting us in harm’s way. They think nothing about lethal working conditions.”
“This month, January 2013, for the first time in history CPS officials are refusing to public the annual audited financial report (the CAFR, of Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) in January. Traditionally, the CAFR is presented to the members of the Board in December of each year and released to the public in January. The CAFR, which shows the audit of the fiscal year that ended the previous June 30, has always been the most reliable document revealing the actual state of CPS finances (and debunking earlier claims of “deficits” ranging as high as $1 billion.”