Dear Rahm Emanuel:
This is not Washington! This is Chicago!
Chicago is a union town and everyone in this town knows it. I understand that you came in with your goal of making a bold statement on education by lengthening the school day and school year. Congratulations! But Rahm, this is Chicago! This is not Washington.
By Martin Palamore
As I pass through playground to get to the building that houses my humble classroom some students greet me and others scorn me because of their impending detention. I walk up the stairs, greet my colleagues, and turn my brain into “teacher mode” ready to educate my seventh graders. However, there is a problem. My classroom’s temperature is a sweltering 97 degrees and there isn’t a working water fountain in sight.
There is a lot of rhetoric swirling around negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the ChicagoPublic Schools. However, the most upsetting rhetoric has to be that this strike is “hurting our children.” This rhetoric has fed into the collective “groupthink” by “reformers” that Union’s sole job is to look out for the needs of their members at the expense of the students. I have a one sentence response to that, our working conditions are your child’s learning conditions. Read More…