Chicago Teachers' Strike

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-15-2009
Chicago Teachers' Strike
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Fri, 09-14-2012 - 11:09am

Is anyone following this story?  We're in NW Indiana, and I know a lot of the issues the Chicago teachers have raised are similar to what our area teachers are concerned about.  I hope they reach an agreement soon.  Today is the 5th day of the strike.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-teachers-strike-0914-20120914,0,5804860.story

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-07-2002
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 2:23pm

I am almost afraid to read news articles about this because I am petrified they will all be biased against the teachers...but I'll read.

 

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Beth "Petrouchka"

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-04-2000
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 6:15pm

I agree with Beth. I can watch the news on TV but avoid the teacher bashing in online comments and blogs.

Thanks to Republican governors and legislatures teachers in many states, including Indiana, have no voice in aspects of their their working environment such as class size and teaching assignments, professional actions such as parent conferences and professional development, or decisions that affect their students such as curriculum and assessments. Luckily a judge just struck down a part of the Indiana law that allowed admins to lengthen the school day without notice, discussion or additional compensation for longer hours.

I can't imagine how this will all play out, but I am sure it won't be pretty. Politicians and so called experts like Michelle Rhee have made teachers the enemy. Teachers have no choice but to fight back to defend their students and themselves from political attacks and the lies and misinformation campaigns that paint us as greedy, lazy and self-serving with no care or concern about our students. I just wish parents would join teachers in fighting for quality education instead of believing and  supporting the politicians who care nothing about the quality of education. Politicians want the money from cuts in education to buy votes with tax breaks and so called tax surplus refunds. You get what you pay for. Politicians have chosen not to pay for quality in education or educators. Things will get a lot worse before they get better.

Sherry
Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 09-14-2012 - 7:58pm
I think that in a lot of ways, teachers have just become complacent with their situation and just give in to bad working conditions just to have a job. If more of us stood up for ourselves, things might be better. But the very nature of our jobs is to put the kids first, so we do, leaving our own welfare behind. I'm glad that they are taking a stand. We can't let politicians walk all over us anymore!