Hypocrisy, Thy Name is CPS

8 Apr


So this Friday, like many other CPS teachers, I had to take the wellness survey.  I know why we got stuck with this program.  It was off the table in negotiations and then CPS offered such a better deal on insurance if we accepted it, that a teacher who opted out of the program and payed the $50 a month fee, would still be money ahead.

However, I found it both amusing and sad that after completing the survey, it came to the conclusion that the number one thing that was hurting my health was working for CPS.  I certainly am not surprised and I guess this is proof that the wellness survey provides some accurate information, but it’s still depressing that even your employer’s program tells you that it’s not a very good employer.

Then we have Barbara Byrd Bennett.   While dozens of teachers every year lose their jobs because they don’t live in the city, Dave Vitale has a waiver and Barbara Byrd Bennett lives in Ohio.  I’m reminded of the words of Nelly Furtado, who sang, “‘I’m like a bird, I’ll only fly away. I don’t know where my soul is, I don’t know where my home is”

Finally, we have the new round of school closing hearings after Rahm Emanuel and CPS already declared the matter closed.  CPS goes through so much effort to give the appearance of openness and community input while totally ignoring the community.   I was happy to see parents boycott at least one hearing.

School Closing Sham Hearings Begin

“What the city wants is a civil dialogue and peace in the streets to show the country there is no problem.

In order to save these schools and public education in Chicago – something much more radical must happen.”

Activists Call for Boycott of CPS Meetings

“Why should we go to a CPS community meeting in which the mayor said it doesn’t make any difference,” Dwayne Truss, part of the Raise Your Hand group.”

Chicago Schools: Separate and Unequal

“In the 1960s, Chicago Public Schools were segregated and starved of resources. The problem got so bad that Dr. Martin Luther King pressed Mayor Daley to fix the problems. Daley would not budge.”

Tony Smith…What He Did in Oakland.  What He’ll Do in Chicago

“A thread runs through Tony Smith’s career: to attempt to counterpose, in practice, what he asserts to be the interests of students and community to those of teachers and staff. This aligns him with the corporate agenda. And, in fact, he is one of their rising superstars: witness the “philanthropic” funding to OUSD, cited in Smith’s resignation letter and in the school board’s accompanying statement.”

Are School Closings Racist?

““School closings will absolutely make things worse with the foreclosure crisis,” said Redmond.  “All the plans they’re coming up with are strangling the community, and it needs to be called what it is — some call it ethnic cleansing — but part of the corporate strategy for the city is to weed out these neighborhoods.”

Karen Lewis at Occupy Dept. of Education, Part 1

Heated Hearings Sparked Between Communities and CPS

““We have the highest enrollment of the 54 schools on the closing list,” said Ericson math teacher Michale Colwell. “We have a significantly higher enrollment than our future school, Sumner. A significantly higher utilization rate than Sumner. Get Leif Ericson off the list.”


4 Responses to “Hypocrisy, Thy Name is CPS”

  1. DZV April 9, 2013 at 12:20 am #

    LOL! The wellness assessment pretty much said the same thing for me! I’m just contemplating right now is that fifty bucks a month worth my sanity? Just more time filling out more “paperwork” that CPS dumped on us.

    • cps299 April 9, 2013 at 12:27 am #

      I thought I was the only one. Come on, fess up. Did anybody else take the Wellness Survey and find out CPS was a detriment to your health?

      • Teacher April 9, 2013 at 10:55 am #

        Yep and it said that I should talk to my supervisor

  2. DZV April 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

    Yep, talk away to your supervisor/supervisors…like that’s going to help. CPS will just keep doing what it wants to do, regardless of its students’, parents’, teachers’ well being.

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