Shame on you Chicago!

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  1. JustMe

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    She actually joined last year to vent about being disrespected as a special education teacher. She said she was looking for advice but never responded to the replies. That initial post is actually why I didn't reply to her today regarding her thoughts on the strike...she complains about not being treated professionally, but can't connect the dots here.
     
  2. giraffe326

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    Pretty ironic, huh?
     
  3. ecteach

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    can we have this removed?
     
  4. creativemonster

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    Dear Chicago teachers,
    THANK YOU for your hard work, including during these upcoming days. Your struggles for the students of Chicago are being watched by the country and we might not be as loud as those who are name calling, but so many of us are supporting you and wishing we can help. The only way I know if helping is discussing what the real issues are with others - so although started in questionable manner, this thread seems to have been more productive than not. Hang in there and thank you for keeping those of us across the country posted.
     
  5. Go Blue!

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    Please. :rolleyes: Can't this be said for every situation? You can always find someone who has it worse; that does not mean CPS teachers should not ty to improve their situation/system just because other teachers nation wide feel like they have it worse.

    I (and the Baltimore City Teachers Union) support CTU and CPS' teachers.
     
  6. Learner4Life

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    :yeahthat::agreed:
     
  7. FourSquare

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    :wub:

    Thank you!

    Off to bed now....another 4:30am day awaits. Please send good and peaceful thoughts to negotiators. Hopefully they will do the right thing soon. I miss my kids already! :(
     
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    Definitely a troll.

    I asked a serious question, sincerely wanting a response that may have furthered the dialogue.

    Kids are free to disagree in my classroom anytime they please, however, they need to say more than "I don't like it."

    You haven't responded to any of the documentation that has been posted.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    Yes. It has been a very long, yet empowering day!

    Thank you to all of you who have supported us and have watched this struggle over the past few months. May we have a resolution soon that benefits our students.

    If you are on facebook.

    "like"
    Chicago Teacher Union and The Chicago Teacher's Solidarity Campaign. Both have daily (sometimes multiple times a day) updates and also have several pictures, bits of information and news from less biased news sources.
     
  11. jwteacher

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    Good riddance troll.
     
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    And how would you feel if a child was seriously hurt in the poor dangerous conditions of the current classrooms there. I think the teachers there had to make a hard decision and weighed the effects of the students missing these days now to the effects of continued poor learning environments for years to come.
     
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    Not how he is described by my friends in Chicago (and most of them are Democrats)
     
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    Although I do support the Chicago teachers, I really don't like what I'm seeing from this thread with all the "troll" comments. So what if the OP only had one post? Controversial issues often prompt people to speak up who wouldn't have otherwise. It's far too simplistic to dismiss someone we disagree with as a "troll"--then we never have to deal with the content of their position.
     
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    CPS is like another planet to me. They have more kids in 3 blocks than we have in our entire school system. Our working conditions are far from optimum and nurses come maybe once a week. Social workers only if called. Libraries, not always. But salary is nothing even close. I hope it works out for all involved, especially for the children.
     
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    I've also read that Chicago teachers are already among the highest paid in the country. Where I am, we have little or no teacher assistants, no duty free lunch, some days no break or planning time, majority English Language Learners, etc. But we come to work every day--even without a raise for 4 years--because we're in it to teach the children and fulfill our responsibilities--like most teachers in our nation.
     
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    I think that the troll comments (well, mine anyway) are because the OP showed little to no inclination to engage in an actual discussion. That is the hallmark of a pot stirrer, not someone with a differing opinion who wishes to discuss.
     
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    Compare the pay to cost of living. I also teach in a district with high pay, but a 1BR apt is a minimum of $1100, plus utilities. Our pay is decent, certainly, but it is nowhere near as luxurious as it may look on paper to people who live outside this area. And, with traffic, it is not feasible to live far enough away to save money--you would have a 4hr rt commute, and then fritter away the savings on gas anyway. CPS teachers must live in the city, so their options there are even more limited.
     
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    As I said in another thread, it's frustrating that this is the only significant action teachers can take to have their voices heard. In education, the most knowledgeable people have the least influence and the quietest voice. There's literally no other way teachers can bring issues to the public...on the other hand, every strike that happens gets used as fodder by the anti-teacher and privatization crowds...both of whom advocate ideas that are destructive to the future of the profession. So it is, in many ways, a perpetual and ongoing lose-lose scenario.
     
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    If your profession has a union, then you have the right to strike! That's the bottom line. The CPS teachers have a union and have the right to strike. Is it inconvenient to many...yes. It's inconvenient for ANY worker to strike. Teachers have the right to have a safe and productive working environment for themselves and ESPECIALLY for their students.

    Good luck CPS teachers! I hope you reach an agreement soon and your situation gets better.
     
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