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Re: “Here's hoping that the myth of the bad teacher is finally laid to rest

By the way, Joravsky unfortunately is correct that there doesn't appear to much political will to expand charter schools right now. That's quite worrying. There's been, for whatever reason, a massively increasing likelihood over the past decade or so that Democratic politicians become afraid of taking positions that are contrary to what teachers' unions support. There's also the fact that many charter school supporters went too far and have basically argued that there should be very minimal accountability for charter schools even when it's clear they are not successful and that it should be almost impossible for them to close be closed by any government body. In Chicago, there were some charter schools that the district wanted to close (even at the time that it was still very pro-charter) for under-performance but the state overruled them. And now as Secretary of Education we have one of the most extreme advocates for charter schools basically being always opened in inner-cities without any type of planning or care with how the total school system operates and without any real accountability measures. The attention that this gets due to her high position is going to forever tarnish the reputation of the effective charter schools and systems of school choice that do a good job overall. When people think of school choice they'll often think of Betsy Devos instead of the excellent charter schools such as those of Noble ( https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wTWq2ENeW… ) or Kipp ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/class… ). I fear that that's going to have drastic consequences for quite awhile.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/24/2018 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Here's hoping that the myth of the bad teacher is finally laid to rest

You have absolutely no shame, Ben. Your characterization of the arguments that school reformers have made is complete bu-----t. Nobody believes that poor teaching is the only thing that causes inequality. I'd encourage everyone reading this to notice, if they haven't already, that Joravsky does not cite any quote from anybody who he claims has this opinion. That, of course, is because they don't exist. The reformers he is talking about simply believe that there are efforts that can and should be made to improve the quality of teachers and teaching in the classroom, such as attempting to improve the quality of individual teachers and if necessary replacing them with those that can be more effective. They believe this would have a significant effect on improving education in impoverished areas but they don't think this is the only problem that exists that should be dealt with. It is extremely dishonest, and really cowardly, to claim other people are making arguments they are not making. This certainly makes it easier to argue with them, doesn't it? You don't have to take the time and effort to try to counter what it is they really are saying.

It's also kind of disingenuous for Joravsky to cite teachers from Kentucky to argue that teachers should be paid more in Chicago, as if there's no possibility that it might make sense to increase the pay pretty significantly for low paying teachers in certain rural areas but hold the line on pay raises in cash-strapped districts where teachers are already paid quite well. As of 2016, the median salary for CPS teachers was $78,169 plus there was another $27,564 in benefits: https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160916/e… And there was a pay increase since that time. In contrast, some rural areas in the country pay teachers as little as in the $30,000's or $40,000's on average. Also, some of the mostly rural states where the strikes Joravsky is referring to had recently actually had tax cuts and their residents were fairly lowly taxed. Chicago, on the other hand, is high taxed and has recently had several tax increases, many of which went to CPS. So he's comparing apples to oranges when he's somehow using those strikes to argue for the CTU's arguments.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/24/2018 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Pro tip for mayoral hopefuls: Don't govern by press release, do sweat the small stuff

"He was on a ski vacation in 2013 when aides announced a list of 50 schools that would be closed, which he alternately said was to save money and improve student performance."

I don't understand that sentence at all. This is a supposed contradiction that Dumke has alluded to before and I just do not get it. These two things are NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE! In fact, when you save money in any type of organization you always then have more money available than otherwise to spend on the purpose of the organization, which in the case of CPS is to educate students successfully. So these things are clearly complimentary rather than in opposition to each other.

"But to most longtime residents, Emanuel has never fully become Chicago's mayor. "

Most means greater than 50%. Is there data to back that up? The evidence seems to suggest otherwise. He won re-election pretty handily. I don't know if there ever was a survey that tried to get at if there was a major difference in his votes among longtime residents vs. newer residents but I think he did pretty well with both.

" The mayor then went on an apology tour of black churches and soul food restaurants, even as police and mayoral aides secretly monitored Black Lives Matter and others protesting police shootings. "

The police always monitors large gatherings, no matter what the purpose of the gathering is, for security purposes. I think that makes sense. Terrorism does occur in large gatherings and it makes sense for the police to do everything reasonable they can to prevent it.

"Still, Chicago residents expect their mayors to sweat the small stuff too, before it becomes bigger stuff. They want them to know what's going on in their neighborhoods, and to use their clout to get those things fixed."

Get what things fixed? Crime? Poverty? I don't think any mayor could completely fix those things. Both of them have improved somewhat during Emanuel's tenure. And, contrary to the perception by a lot of people, he has done a lot to make investments in struggling neighborhoods just as he has for more well-off neighborhoods. He's revamped the community college system, for example, so that it focuses more of the jobs that are available. He's spent community development funds for development projects in various lower-income neighborhoods, such as Englewood or Pullman. He's revamping the lakefront trail on both the south and north sides. He recently announced an increase in dog parks on the south sides. The new police academy will be on the west side and will benefit neighborhoods nearby. These are just a few of many examples. And, of course, it's not as if people from lower-income neighborhoods don't benefit from improvement in higher-income neighborhoods. If there is increased jobs these jobs are often just a short drive or train ride (or bus ride) away. And the increased tax revenue that comes about is available to be used on services that are used throughout the city.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/13/2018 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Riot Fest inches toward gender balance

In other news, 0% of NFL or NBA coaches are women. Also, 100% of sorority members are women.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/11/2018 at 11:52 PM

Re: “I guess we won’t have Rahm to kick around anymore

Shorty,

As far as time periods are concerned, both studies are very similar. The UC-Berkely study came out very recently, but the last year it studied was 2016. The Heritage Foundation study is from mid 2016. So we are talking about a few months. There are always going to be studies on all sides (pro, anti, and mixed) that spin numbers the way they want or think is most relevant. UC-Berkely, of course, has been one of the most ardent supporters of these types of large minimum wage increases from the beginning. The WBEZ article you linked to also mentioned the earlier University of Washington study that found concerning effects (though some positive ones as well) of the earliest parts of the Seattle law. That study was actually commissioned by law by the city of Seattle at the time the minimum wage increase was passed (by the time the study came out, public pressure from organized activists, which it's important to remember is not the same as public support, had turned so much toward aggressive minimum wage increases that the city council members had to have been kicking themselves for actually requiring evidence of the law's effects to be brought to them). So they wouldn't be expected to be biased against the law. None of these studies (including the one I linked to) have analyzed the full effect of the increases. The year 2016 was still fairly early in these gradual increases and they were still fairly modest at that time. And the negative effects of some aspects of this take a while to show up. For example, a change toward automation as a result of these increases is likely to take years as businesses figure out exactly what type of systems they are going to invest in. There eventually will be studies that provide fairly clear evidence of what the effects are given that two of the three largest states in the country have their minimum wage set to go to $15. But we are not there yet.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/08/2018 at 11:06 PM

Re: “I guess we won’t have Rahm to kick around anymore

OK. You've linked to an article about a study about the minimum wage from UC-Berkely. I'll link to a study from the Heritage Foundation: https://www.heritage.org/jobs-and-labor/re… Now, we're even.

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/08/2018 at 6:58 PM

Re: “I guess we won’t have Rahm to kick around anymore

That should be "We all pay attention to anecdotal evidence every day and combine this with our knowledge of the way things work ", not "with out knowledge".

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Posted by The original IAC on 09/05/2018 at 7:45 PM

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