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Monday, Feb 8, 2016

* You may have noticed a new ad today on the blog. Well, they’re not just advertising here

FULL COURT PRESS. Today’s Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times readers are being hit with splashy full-paid ads courting public support for a resolution in the stalemate between CTU and CPS. Behind the ads: Illinoisans for Growth and Opportunity, a nonprofit organization that says it “is driven by a fundamental belief, grounded in progressive principles, that if government is to be an agent for change and equal opportunity, it must operate effectively and efficiently to maintain public trust and confidence.” In a statement to Illinois Playbook, the group blames the CTU bargaining committee for rejecting a contract offer that it says “met every major demand - guaranteed raises, job security, and pension payments - while avoiding cuts.”

– CLAYPOOL AGREES: In op-ed in the Sun-Times, CPS CEO Forrest Claypool hit the same points: Under the headline “A message to Chicago Teachers Union: Trust is a two-way street,” he writes: “I understand the frustration of teachers. They work hard and give their hearts and souls to their students and in return they expect a fair salary and a dignified retirement. I truly believe that our proposal met those goals.” http://bit.ly/1mmBSGO

– CTU DOES NOT: The union sent a letter to parents late last week, accusing the district of promoting “lies” regarding the district’s economic woes. From DNAinfo’s David Matthews, the letter “is authored by top CPS executives and says the rejected contract would have “raised teachers’ pay, prevented teacher layoffs for economic reasons, and provided for autonomy for teachers in their classrooms.’ ‘It was an agreement worked out with CTU leadership and that was good for teachers, good for parents and most importantly, good for students,’ the letter states.” http://dnain.fo/1L9HZVg

I don’t know what a “full-paid ad” is, but I will be billing them.

* Their ad on this site is entitled “Our elected officials need to tell us: do you support the Chicago Teacher’s Union’s contract rejection?”

But, wait. Didn’t their pal Gov. Rauner also reject the CPS contract offer?

Perhaps a foolish consistency really is the hobgoblin of little minds. We’re in the presence of greatness!

/snark

…Adding… From the twitters…


- Posted by Rich Miller   19 Comments      


Our elected officials need to tell us: do you support the Chicago Teacher’s Union’s contract rejection?

Monday, Feb 8, 2016

[The following is a paid advertisement.]

Chicago’s public school system is facing financial meltdown. Chicago Public Schools is facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, $10 billion in debt and a “junk” credit rating. Just last year, Chicago Public Schools spent 13 months of revenues in just 12 months. Despite this, the school system was able to reach an agreement with leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union on a contract that met every major union demand, including:

    · Guaranteed pay raises for teachers – every year
    · Guaranteed job security and no teacher layoffs
    · A commitment to prevent cuts to classrooms
    · Fully funding the employer portion of teachers’ pensions

In exchange, members were only asked to pay their full share of employee pensions.

The Chicago Teachers Union unanimously rejected the proposal.

Chicago families can’t afford more classroom cuts and another teachers’ strike that closes schools.

Our elected officials must take a stand: Do you support the Chicago Teachers Union’s action?

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