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Strikewatch Tues 9/18 – HoD Votes Today

The CTU House of Delegates is due to vote today at 3pm.

Parents will be protesting the strike at noon at the Merchandise Mart to urge the CTU to end the strike.  See previous strike post for details.

Another group of parents have started up to try to rally more of the parent voice.  (Note, that I’d copied their wording that referred to “us” —  I am not affiliated with this new group, but feel free to check them out here….)

http://chicagostudentsfirst.blogspot.com

The Trib reports that teachers are starting to have mixed feelings about the strike going on, but we’re a big city with a lot of different opinions.  Clearly some people still fully support the strike and others do not.   The next step lies in the hand of the hundreds of CTU delegates today, to see if they approve of some of the concessions that the CTU negotiators made.   It can’t be an easy pill to swallow for the teachers at the schools that are likely to be closed in the next year or 2 who probably feel that while the whole city wants kids “back in school” that they’re getting the short end of the stick in all this.

I’m eager to see what happens today.

September 18, 2012 at 10:27 am 903 comments

Strikewatch, Wednesday Sept 12

What my 9yo son said that HE would put on a PICKET sign.

I don’t have time to write anything eloquent.  I think many of us are realizing that this strike may be about more than the current contract.  Labor issues.  Education philosophy issues coming head-to-head.  Two strong-willed sides.

I’ll steal some wise words from a RaiseYourHand email I got this morning:

We believe there are short-term contract issues that must be figured out swiftly. Many of these long-term policy issues just cannot be resolved immediately. On the funding front, the sad fact remains, Illinois is now 50th in the nation for what the state governnment kicks in towards education. Illinois has cut $800 million to education since 2008. Local revenues have declined. All of the problems that ail our schools will not be fixed at this bargaining table. Take a moment to voice your concerns as a parent by calling your state reps/senators, our Governor, Mike Madigan and John Cullerton and ask them why our state is 50th in funding and what their plans are to change it. Call your alderman and ask if they support any kind of TIF reform to help address the issue.

More later.  If you have info on childcare places or petitions, please post in the comments section for now!

 

That said, we believe there are short-term contract issues that must be figured out swiftly. Many of these long-term policy issues just cannot be resolved immediately. On the funding front, the sad fact remains, Illinois is now 50th in the nation for what the state governnment kicks in towards education. Illinois has cut $800 million to education since 2008. Local revenues have declined. All of the problems that ail our schools will not be fixed at this bargaining table. Take a moment to voice your concerns as a parent by calling your state reps/senators, our Governor, Mike Madigan and John Cullerton and ask them why our state is 50th in funding and what their plans are to change it. Call your alderman and ask if they support any kind of TIF reform to help address the issue. 

September 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm 1,859 comments


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