Third Shoe Drops in UNO Scandal

2 May

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I think I posted the headline “Other Shoe Drops in UNO Scandal” a few months back, so we’re left with a third shoe in this case.  Parents United for Responsible Education has been doing a great job lately explaining just where the large amounts of money being given to UNO Charter Schools are being used.  I still believe that UNO really did take their staff to Disney World for Training.  They must have learned to do those fireworks displays somewhere.

On a more serious note, the mother of Derrion Albert speaks out about the school closings in Chicago.  I can still remember the chilling video of her son being beaten to death.  Even more chilling was reading testimony of the hearing to turn Derrion’s previous school into a military academy and several adults warning that closing the school would lead to kids losing their life.  Sadly, they were right.

Derrion Albert’s Mom Speaks Out Against School Closures

“”I don’t care if the schools are three blocks apart,” Albert says. “You know the kids, they don’t get along with each other and you’re gonna mix all them in together and you’re gonna basically come out with the same situation that we had that happened in September of ‘09.”

 
“Does the Rangel family pay rent to these charter schools or are they just personal family banquet halls?”
 
 
“And yesterday the Sun-Times reported that the failure of UNO to pay their bills has led to construction being halted on “Madigan High.” Also known as UNO Soccer Academy Charter High School.”
 
 
“The decision involves more than 400 teachers and staff in 13 schools operated by the United Neighborhood Organization. In March, UNO and the AFT reached a neutrality agreement under which UNO agreed not to take a position on whether its teachers and staff organized. Some 87 percent of the 415 workers who voted approved Chicago ACTS as their bargaining agent.”
 
 

Mayor Emanuel declared that the parking meter deal was inviolable, meaning there was nothing—nothing, I tell you!—he could do to change most of its provisions.

‘Cause it’s a contract. And contracts are binding.

Well, some contracts are binding.

The contract he has with the teachers’ union to protect tenured teachers—like that aforementioned high school teacher—isn’t binding.

Which is why the mayor feels free to permit the firings of the tenured teacher and dozens of her colleagues every year for pretty much any reason. Apparently, constant teacher turnover is his key to improving the schools.”

Madigan’s Nuclear Pension Option Passes Out of Committee on a 9 to 1 Vote

“In a state Senate hearing earlier Tuesday, Cullerton pushed back against deep pension cuts proposed by state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican. The Illinois Constitution says pension benefits can’t be diminished.”

Girl Arrested for Unauthorized Science

“At 7 a.m. Monday morning, it was one of those quiet April days that reminds you that Florida is God’s waiting room.   The smell of citrus and orange blossom was in the air as 16 year old high school student Kiera Wilmot skulked towards Bartow High School.  Unbeknownst to her classmates, the 16 year old terrorist in training was packing household chemicals and an 8 ounce plastic bottle.  The label may have said “water”, but it could have just as easily read, “death to America.”  When she arrived on campus, Miss Wimot wasted no time in mixing the household chemicals together in her bottle of death and putting the cap back on.  Investigators later recalled, “the reaction caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke.”

 

 
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