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Re: “Hey Rahm: If Toni Preckwinkle unseats you, you'll have more time to go skiing

The "higher ups" have seen the numbers: the informed are exponentially growing. i.e, The "jig is up." And so now we are going to see a "blitzkrieg" of activities to advance the corporate-state education reform agenda - to get things institutionalized as fast as possible.

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Posted by DCfusion on 03/22/2013 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Charities drowning in city water fees

I wonder why the coalition of ignoramuses and paid public relations trolls never talk about the waste, thievery and corruption that plagues our state and local governments that is truly taking its toll on our taxpayer dollars making these water bills look like chump change? Oh, that's right, because they're either on the payroll or can't read beyond what is spoon fed to them by some in the media. Here's an essay that illustrates the case in point with regards to the Chicago Public Schools but could apply across the board: http://www.scribd.com/doc/106337306/THE-CH…

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Posted by DCfusion on 03/14/2013 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Fighting for the right to fire bad teachers—and good ones too

We need to share the wealth of information we have on what's so wrong with the CPS and the education reform movements in this country of the last 17 years in general to gather support for the movement and find true alternatives/solutions to the problems: http://www.scribd.com/doc/106337306/THE-CH…

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Posted by DCfusion on 09/28/2012 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Wake up, Chicago Teachers Union

Proud CPS Teacher,

Good points! But it's also apparent that Debater 60660 is either a CPS troll, out to spin more false data about teachers and what they get paid (distracting us from the article's main points), or someone with NO clue whatsoever what s/he is talking about. So I wouldn't try arguing with such a troll or someone who is asking for a "balanced" view but hardly starts with one him/herself. Still, making factual statements as you have is more of what we need to bring clarity to the discussion.

You have the 2-4% increase since '95 right on the button. As a former CPS teacher, I know. But did you also know that from 2007 - 2010, money from CPS was NOT being funneled to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund (under Arne Duncan's watch and then under Ron Huberman's watch) despite it being withdrawn from teachers' paychecks, and that it took 2 federal court orders for that to occur until the money seemed to have finally come from Obama's feds. http://issuu.com/luisgabrielaguilera/docs/… And what happened to the original $40 million dollars that went missing over that time period? Who knows.

Also, did you know that CPS has become great at creating a revolving door of fresh and new teachers for the sake of not having union cohesion, activism, political prowess, etc. among its ranks, as well as maintaining a constant source of cheap labor -- all to the detriment of the children the system is supposed to serve and facilitate the fleecing of the system via contract, subcontract, outright thievery, etc. with an non-knowledgeable and unsuspecting base of employees? There is so many other fine points to bring up. I hope Debater60660 goads us into spilling more beans. I'm sure his/her bosses or wits, depending on who s/he is would enjoy that.


Posted by DCfusion on 09/30/2011 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Wake up, Chicago Teachers Union

Debater60660 has no clue what goes into teaching kids. He or She certainly doesn't even grasp simple math! On average -- and from personal experience -- teachers log in enough hours to come away with a measly $10/hour wage at best. Let's break it down: curriculum planning, teaching actual lessons, lesson planning, remediation time, after school tutoring, homework correcting, assessments evaluations, mentoring, after school curriculum support, etc. Boy, that sure looks like a lot of things to pack in one single day/week. I wonder if Debater 60660 and the rest of the ignoramus who follow such notions could possibly put their words in their mouths and give it a try in one of those low-income schools on the South Side or West Side for a change. I bet not. What a CPS troll we have on hand with this "person." More media spin from this CPS troll. Nice try. Go back to the cave you come from...And die...

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Posted by DCfusion on 09/30/2011 at 12:33 AM

Re: “Wake up, Chicago Teachers Union

Btw, Ben...I wonder if James Ciesel of the Law Dept. at CPS or Cheryl Colston of Labor Relations would like to comment on these "rubber rooms." I wonder...I bet not!

Posted by DCfusion on 09/29/2011 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Wake up, Chicago Teachers Union

You're forgetting something here, Ben: the CTU's complicity in allowing a practice known widely as the "rubber room" to continue on for years without so much as a fret or frown. (I should know -- I have been pursuing two discrimination suits WITHOUT the union's help on this and more even though I was an a) outstanding teacher, b) paid all my members dues and c) did nothing wrong to be wrongfully terminated in a discriminate manner that violated my due process and civil rights by CPS, one violation of which was to be sent to a rubber room administered by CPS personnel, Dr. Cynthia Barron, of Area 25 then). The CTU, current Karen Lewis and past Marilyn Stewart leadership included, has allowed this practice of indefinite detention for teachers to go on for years in bed with the central office honchos and local administrators. Kudos for CBS journalist Kristyn Hartman, for making the attempt to break the story at the local Chicago level. This practice and associated process has cost the taxpayers millions! And it has attacked a) minority teachers, b) elder veteran teachers and c) politically active teachers. Shame on the current CTU "leadership" for not getting the numbers from their field representatives to determine how widespread the practice has been and routed their own rats on their own ship.

Posted by DCfusion on 09/29/2011 at 11:56 AM

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