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lqw
Justmyopinion
08:23 PM on 09/23/2012
I thought kids were guaranteed an education. Our tax dollars pay for it. Why are the teachers union allowed to strike in the middle of a school year. That is cheating the students and the taxpayers.
09:08 PM on 09/23/2012
"in the middle of a school year" in September?

Good grief.
09:11 PM on 09/23/2012
Probably because the "man" wanted public opinion on his side. They had plenty of time before school started to settle. Sounds like your placing blame on the teachers. I guess that is the POPULAR thing to do these days. The right has made it one of their important talking points.. How does it go, "Tell a lie often enough and loud enough, and it becomes the truth". But I thinks it is only the stupid and ignorant that believe it! Oh by the way, just my opinion.
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Justmyopinion
09:28 PM on 09/23/2012
Why didn't they strike before classes started ?
04:29 PM on 09/24/2012
Onehot, you are absolutely right, in my opinion.
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MTY INDACHI
08:13 PM on 09/23/2012
chicago is not broke, they're just redirecting money the wrong way. i happen to know of one alderman who's daughter works for him as some kind of administrator making $80k, doing a job that a high school intern would gladly do for free. yet we demonize the section of government workers (teachers, fire and police) that perform services for the city that actually make a difference.
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indiecratublican
I am what I am.
06:07 PM on 09/23/2012
Why aren't parents and taxpayers mad at the teachers union for doing this? Why would they quietly sit by and let this happen? Business owners included? No one wants to touch this because they think teachers are sacred. Are teachers more sacred than your kids? Are teachers more sacred than your own livelihoods? Because how is the city of Chicago going to come up with the funds to sustain these teachers' demands? Higher taxes. And will the children benefit from this. So far these teachers have only a 60% graduation rate under their belt and that's including a number of students who were likely passed along and weren't ready to graduate. sigh.
07:00 PM on 09/23/2012
You obviously have not seen the charter school stats. Even more failures and the teachers are not even tested. Yet the taxpayer will continue to keep paying for the privitization of education.
Hum, is there a solution.
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indiecratublican
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07:03 PM on 09/23/2012
Are there more charter schools than public schools? Was it the charter schools that walked out and held a strike for over a week to demand a 17% raise and other irresponsible things in such a poor economy? Passing the blame does not excuse the original action.
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KaliKross
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04:54 AM on 09/24/2012
Why shouldn't parents be mad at themselves? Teach your own children, or pay for their education. That is the only way for parents to get what they want and what they feel their children deserve. Otherwise, drink the free, public Kool-Aid, & keep quiet about it. Everyone wants to point fingers when Johnny can't read, but who brought Johnny here in the first place? Have those people no responsibility to Johnny? If you can't feed, clothe, educate, & provide for them, keep your legs closed & your pants zipped. Problem solved. For the truly sad cases, there should always be some form of Kool-Aid, holding tanks for budding worker bees.
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indiecratublican
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09:40 AM on 09/24/2012
Public Education is guaranteed in this country. As a black woman, I'm assuming you're black, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. Blacks have historically been poor in this country working hard to provide for their families while being severely undereducated. How can you say that parents should either teach their kids or pay for their kids's own education?! What planet do you live on? The ones who suffer the most in this country are impoverished children who happen to be mostly minorities. Teachers get paid to teach so they should teach. It's not a parent's responsibility to make sure a teacher can effectively do their job, it's the administrator's or school board official's. Parents have enough on their plate as it is. What an ignorant post!
04:51 PM on 09/24/2012
I don't know what they do in Chicago, but my opinion is that not every child should go to a regular high school. I think many of them should go to vocational schools that teach them what they need to know so they can go out and get a job when they graduate. I know it's hard to get a job now but it's even harder if you don't know anything about what you are applying to do. We still need qualified people in many trades besides computers and banking and hedge fund operators! Not everyone needs to read the classics to graduate. Get practical. This is a perfect time for people to teach younger people how to do their jobs so they can take over eventually. Another problem is that all these kids want to go out and make a fortune right away. Or drop school and go out and sell drugs. Legalize drugs and you won't have so many problems. (I feel much better now!)
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05:46 PM on 09/23/2012
I think Rahm has potential, but both parties have kicked the can so far down the road on education, you can't even see the can anymore. Illinois is millions and millions behind in pension payments. I don't see how they can catch up. And taxing the top earners is driving them out. Illinois has lost more top earners than New York. The city of Chicago since the last census has lost 200,000 people. Rahm has a tough road ahead. Strikes: Teachers, Chicago Symphony Orchestra....Strikes to come: Police, Fire, Custodial Services, Nurses, Carpenters, Plumbers.....everyone is planning. (I get it that the CSO is private, however, they do enhance the city revenue with dining, hotels, etc.)
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bascombe
Send the kids off to die, bleed their country dry.
08:59 PM on 09/23/2012
rahm only knows beligerence.
09:10 PM on 09/23/2012
You only know little.

And that's what's stopping this country from moving forward.
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05:45 PM on 09/23/2012
"Many Challenges Ahead For Rahm Emanuel"

Bibi's friend. I wonder if it's true that you feel a cold chill if you pass within 10 feet of this creep?
05:40 PM on 09/23/2012
All of our cities are facing challenges. Perhaps if we legalized marijuana the taxes from pot would go a long way towards fixing the fiscal problems in every state of the union.Also put a 5 cent tax on candy and soda and chips. A nickel more would'nt faze sales of these products. If the Coca Cola and Dorito CEO's start kicking about it, to bad! We know how many millions in profits they make yearly!
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bascombe
Send the kids off to die, bleed their country dry.
09:00 PM on 09/23/2012
the drug companies would destroy anyone who tried.
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05:22 PM on 09/23/2012
They imply in this article that "Police cannot Strike! "
The quote is truthful, but Strikes are not the only tools that Law Inforcement can use. One and most powerful, is called Work Speed Up. Officers overlook minor offenses. Think about what would happen if they stoped the overlooking?
04:43 PM on 09/23/2012
Well, I don't know how it is in Chicago, but my school district in California had a very bad reputation for paying outrageous salaries to administrators that we really didn't need. These administrators, hundreds of them, were being paid 6 figure salaries. Once the school district starting cutting some of these positions, we not only balanced a budget, but were able to restore student programs such as music. Teachers haven't had a raise in over 11 years in our district, but the superintendent has. In fact, our teachers have actually taken some furlough days with a 1.5% decrease in our salaries.

It is not that hard to have a balanced budget without it hurting the students.
05:42 PM on 09/23/2012
Right on point! F&F!
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joyz41
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04:24 PM on 09/23/2012
Rahm has the skills, the passion, and the backbone to do a great job protecting the children and the community.
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kevin fontana
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10:44 PM on 09/23/2012
Rahm acts the same as Daley. Daley it was Meigs field and Rahm has this. Both petty little dictators.
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antonymous
How could hell be any worse?
03:03 PM on 09/23/2012
Well, there's always TIF funds. And charter schools aren't free - before we talk about school closings, can we at least stop the school openings? And what about those "incentives" we keep giving Fortune 500 companies to move/stay here? And...
05:50 PM on 09/23/2012
Very well put. The TIF program could be ended this month, if Emanuel wanted to. There should also, at the very least, be a moratorium on Charter school openings.
09:29 PM on 09/23/2012
What a wierd article. One truth came out-we close public schools for cheaper charter schools-welcome to separate and unequal education.