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Re: “How to Fix the El

The Reader deserves better than a "Thank you, citizen, now piss off" form-letter response from the CTA. Feh.

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Posted by Catbus on 03/23/2011 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Filed Away?

CPS's actions are reverberating throughout the state. Whenever CPS looses a bunch of experienced teachers into the job market, it becomes that much harder for all of us to find work in any district. I left my first career in 2002 because of a lack of remunerative opportunities (read: laid off twice in 12 months, then unemployed for nine) and took out a fat student loan to get a teaching degree because supposedly there was a shortage. Nobody explained to me that a shortage of teachers in a district or a state doesn't necessarily mean that teachers are being HIRED to address the shortage, and it doesn't necessarily mean that available candidates don't hugely outnumber open positions -- it just means that there are fewer teachers working than there should be. Well, the situation is worse now than it was then. If you don't have a teaching job in Illinois right now, chances are you're not going to get a teaching job in Illinois within the next two or three years, because of how many experienced teachers laid off by CPS are waiting in the wings. As for opportunities in neighboring states, Wisconsin is a net exporter of teachers, and Michigan and Ohio are two of those states with a perpetual shortage that never gets filled. Maybe, if you're really lucky, you can find a job in Indiana, though that kind of stretches the definition of "lucky."

Posted by Catbus on 09/23/2010 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Best Alternative to the Kennedy in a Mad Dash to O’Hare

If you're on the North Side, an even better bet is not to get on the Kennedy in the first place, but to take whatever to Elston and get on Bryn Mawr. It runs right alongside the Kennedy, so you can see exactly whether it's sane to get back on or not, and if it never is, then you run right into Higgins, which you can take to Mannheim.

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Posted by Catbus on 07/09/2010 at 9:34 PM

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