Chicago Teacher Strike

“Lewis said there was progress on the two most vexing issues – using student test scores to evaluate teachers and giving more authority to local principals to hire teachers.”

For me this sentence says that the employer will not only control your employment based on factors not in your total control but also be given the full power to do so. Where are the check and balances in that idea?

“The union fears Emanuel plans to close scores of schools, putting unionized teachers out of work. In recent years, about 100 public schools have been closed, with officials usually citing low enrollment. At the same time, a similar number of publicly funded, non-union charter schools have opened.”

I also think that its a way that is trying to de-unionize the union that has been only trying to receive a fair shake for the unconditional love that is priceless to countless lives without expecting any return but hoping for a better quality of life for those involved.

The fight does not appear to center on wages, with the school district offering an average 16 percent increase over four years and some benefit improvements.

But a major credit rating agency on Thursday warned that Chicago cannot afford the salary rises it is offering the teachers, and any deal will bust the budget.

“It’s highly likely that actual salary increases will exceed budgeted salary increases,” Moody’s Investor Services said.

Rating agencies already have downgraded the debt rating of the school district, which means it might have to pay a higher interest rate to issue debt to finance deficits.”

Then it says that the pay offer is not going to happen even if they offer it but no other government agency like higher paying officials (like here) do not get a pay cut but always in legislation sessions have their pay rate increase.

I invite any and all concerns to any and all of these issues to be open and appropriate to engage in the discussion.

Pupukahi i holomua.

Translation: Unite to move forward.

Explanation: By working together we make progress. This saying would be especially applicable to the Hawaiians on their canoes where each paddler would have to pull the paddles together on command in order to make the canoe move forward quickly forward.


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