OK, I’ve been a bit more absent from the blog then I planned to be. The combination of the holiday and the need to just clear my head of education and spend some time taking care of myself have put a cramp in the scheduled updates. However, a lot has been happening. I’ll skip my own editorial comments today to get right into some of the good stuff from arond the web.
“As 18 Chicago police officers stood guard, nearly 200 people, many of them teachers, spent their holiday afternoon protesting city budget cuts outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home in Ravenswood on Thursday”
“But the groups said that if the protests this summer don’t force elected officials into a solution, they will gather again to brainstorm new tactics, said Gina Abbatemarco, a member of Blaine’s council.”
“Huberman’s pension holiday deprived the CTPF of necessary revenues in 2010, 2011, and 2012 and set the stage for the so-called “crisis” of 2013, a “crisis” which is being stage-managed by the media team surrounding Mayor Rahm Emanuel (who succeeded Daley in May 2011) and Barbara Byrd Bennett (the “Chief Executive Officer” of Chicago’s public schools, who succeeded Jean-Claude Brizard, who succeeded Terry Mazany, who succeeded Huberman — yes, there have been five CEOs at CPS in the past five years), the latest “Chief Executive Officer” for the nation’s third largest school system.”
“The National Education Association (NEA) seems to be competing with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for the Who-Loves-Common-Core-the-Most Award from the Bill and Melinda Gates enterprise, the National Governors Association, the Chief Council of State School Officers, and Hunter College School of Education Dean David Steiner. Of course, we know that NEA and AFT are $11 million richer for embracing the Common Core. Not to mention pocket change awards from Bill and Melinda Gates.”
“It is summertime, which for those of you newly accepted into Teach for America, means you are enduring the long hard days of Institute. I congratulate you on being accepted into this prestigious program. You clearly have demonstrated intelligence, passion, and leadership in order to make it this far.
And now I am asking you to quit.“
“To add insult to injury, there have already been 1,000 fully certified veteran staff — both teachers and PSRPs — laid off since the end of the current 2013. But buried in a sea of bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo documents there is in fact evidence that the Board has no intentions on tightening its belt. Instead it is clear now that all the work the Board is doing is to engage in Union busting and the firing of veteran teachers not for the sake of making education better for the children of Chicago, but to increase the bottom line for the school Board’s influential corporate sponsors and friends of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.”
“”Look, the world is a miserable place,” said Cuellen, a Dartmouth graduate who quit the TFA program Monday morning. “All people—even children—are just nasty animals trying to secure their share of the food supply. I don’t care how poor or how rich you are, that’s just a fact. I’m sorry, but I have better things to do than zoo-keep for peanuts.”