“Ah, using religion and conservative ideology to pit workers against workers. I wonder if these "teachers" actually believe in the ideas of the suit and truly understand its ramifications (like decreasing their own salaries and benefits...) or are they duplicitous political and corporate operatives? How could any sane human being actively work to undermine their salaries and benefits like that?”
Dignity24601 on Sep 12, 2013 at 04:42:14
“Actually they may support merit pay instead of the union mandated same pay for all. Hard to say. The fact is that they object to their money being used to support causes and initiatives that they personally disagree with and thus feel that a law that forces them to support such causes is against the very premise that the country was founded on.”
Archimedes Guass on Jul 31, 2013 at 19:33:42
“It's called fanatism, David. And when thier salaries begin to fall, they'll blame Obama-somehow. They're immune to facts. This is what makes the Right Wing Spin Machine so dangerous.”
“Amazing what happens when you reduce class size, improve the quality of the physical plant, give students access to computers, put students in uniforms, lengthen the school day, provide robust after-school activities, and, oh yes, limit enrollment of special needs students.
Scores go up. It's a miracle.”
modrep on Jun 25, 2013 at 09:56:52
“Exactly, give public schools the same benefits.”
eceresa on Jun 25, 2013 at 09:39:43
“...except that scores didn't actually go up. The traditional public schools, which have had their funding gutted, their teachers bashed and deprofessionalized, and their curricula revamped to focus on testing in the four years since the last study, have seen their scores go down.
What's happening here isn't that charters are upping their game and catching up to public school students. It's that horrible education policy is driving public schools down to the level of charters.”
“How like the 'Hunger Games' these education competitions are: create artificial scarcity and let the rabble squabble for the crumbs.
OHteach on Jun 8, 2013 at 21:11:55
“This approach is so wrong-headed. Districts faced with scarce dollars will of course scramble to slap something together without any regard for whether it's going to work or not, as long as it sounds good and contains all the right buzz words.”
“Who said anything about throwing more and more money? The teachers' union would *love* to see how and where the money is being spent! There's been rife fraud at the district level in Chicago for years!
As for the taxpayers...um...who are parents, teachers, and sometimes students...charter schools are ultimately more expensive than public schools, and they're not outperforming public schools.
And talk about waste of money: do you know how expensive all these useless standardized tests are??”
“Nonsense. The only people being exploited are the great People of Chicago, who've been hoodwinked by venture capitalists wishing to privatize Chicago's public schools. The teachers' union, the parents, and, most importantly, the students are trying to stop this madness.”
chitownpete on May 16, 2013 at 21:09:33
“You mention everyone but the taxpayers. Throwing more and more money doesn't help. Just look at the history of CPS for the last 30 years. Yes, I went to public school and my opinions are based on my 12 years there. ”
“Most teachers that I know - including myself - regularly work 45-65 hours per week, even though we're only be paid contractually 35-40 hours per week. We stay late at school tutoring students. We get work done at home. These hours EASILY make our work time en par with regular 9-5ers with 2-3 weeks paid vacations.
But the sad thing is that you don't even realize that most teachers - especially younger ones - work during the summer, too.
You are making statements based on half-truths and outright lies.”