Originally posted by Flatfish
Of course Chicago teachers earn above the national average. I wonder if it might have anything to do with living in Chicago where the cost of living
is also higher than the national average. Furthermore, I think I heard something about a 4% raise that was negotiated in their last contract that was
never paid, so at least a fourth of the 16% in raises they're asking for, were already owed to them.
I know many Chicago teachers as my wife used to be one.
Here are some things that some folks might not know..
Yes...the class sizes are too large..My wife's friend teaches 6th grade in the city and has a class of 38 students, some of them share desks and take
turns sitting. Other teachers have more than that!
No air conditioning...imagine almost 40 kids packed into a small classroom. I know a teacher who had a thermometer at her desk and counted 5 days
where the crowded classroom was above 100 degrees....how on earth can Children learn in that climate.
Most Chicago school teachers pay for classrooom supplies out of thier own pocket. They want to excel at thier job, they love to teach and want the
kids to do well in life. This means when the school has no money for supplies beyond the essentials, often teachers save and spend thier own money on
Lastly...a non-partisan view for anyone capable....
Rahm Emanuel stepped down from leading Obama's campaign before this hit the fan for a reason.
It is complicated....
He didn't want to drag the President into it. Rahm...AND the President have been trying to reform the Unions...while at the same time they need thier
Teacher Unions are neccessary to ensure basic healthcare, basic pay and yes pensions...all good and neccessary things for teachers who forgoe
potentially profitable careers to teach our kids for little money. If we want our kids to learn from the best, we need to attract the best and
guarantee minimum pay, benefits, pension are needed for frankly a job that asks a great deal of you for very little up front pay.
That said...Rahm, Pres. Obama and others want to make it easier to get rid of bad teachers. And that is one of the 3 primary sticking points in this
(1) Evaluations...Teachers want evaluations to take into consideration...class sizes and conditions. It is not fair to expect a class of 40 in an
impovershed school district with no air conditioning, little school supplies etc to perform the same as a wealthy neighborhood where the ratio might
be 15 or 20 students to one teacher...loads of supplies...computers, books, resources etc.
I am with the teachers here..
(2) Pay...for the love of god, they are teaching our children...pay them more.
(3) Right now the Union is demanding that when a school wants to hire teachers they must first hire back teachers that have been laid off
I am not with the Union here...nor is Rahm...nor is Pres. Obama
They want a Principle to be able to make the best hires for thier school, not be forced to hire back teachers that they let go...and be able to get
rid of underperforming teachers. I strongly agree..and many teachers agree...My wife, her friends etc.
I will be happy if the Union relents on that one front. If schools are going to be judged and funded on thier performance then they need the freedom
to fire bad teachers and hire great ones.
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