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  •  I agree completely. (2+ / 0-)
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    ElaineinIN, nightsweat

    My biggest fear is that Karen Lewis' bombastic style plays completely into the hands of the anti union people and does a huge disservice to the teachers in the union.  My nephew goes to a CPS, and I was there over the weekend visiting and talking to parents and they are not at all happy.   I am a substitute teacher and have several close family members and many friends that are teachers so I know how tough it is to teach under the current parameters and they deserve better. I just think they are going about it the wrong way and really, really need a different spokesperson.

    Don't look at me in that tone of voice. Dorothy Parker

    by kirbybruno on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 07:02:20 AM PDT

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    •  Only politics. No substance. (3+ / 0-)
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      bcdelta, TBug, kirbybruno

      The problems are so deep and this is all about gamesmanship.  

      I live in true middle class Chicago.  The schools are a disaster.  My husband is 72, I'm 62.  We got a huge property tax increase, and magically our house is now 'worth' as much as it was before the bubble burst.  Yeah right.  Of the $1,100 increase, $950 went to the schools.  This is a crushing burden to seniors and middle class homeowners.  

      Now understand:  we'd pay quadruple to have decent schools.  But they're not.  It's absurd to think it's all CPS' fault and absurd to think it's all the teacher's fault.  But that's the game that's being played.  

      4% raise every year for four years, when librarians are losing hours, getting no increase, closing libraries.  

      The schools don't improve.  There's a nihilism from burned out teachers that they want combat compensation, but that doesn't educate the kids.  CPS is more concerned with theory and self-aggrandizement and that doesn't educate the kids.  

      It's time for all of the adults to start acting like responsible adults and work for solutions.    

    •  Don't fall for this (13+ / 0-)

      One of the major tactics of the power structure in every strike is to villify the President of the Union.  An adjective like "bombastic" is evidenceless, or is based on a selectively edited tape from a large meeting.

      Believe me, the strike committee has read every opinion here and lots more like it, because teachers all have strong opinions--often contradictory.

      Unlike the mayor who has to please only a few Fat Cats, the union president has to keep thousands of teachers and tens of thousands of supporters informed and engaged.  All this has to be done without much help from traditional media.

      Karen Lewis will have enough media attacks without progressives adding to them.

      •  I am not falling for anything (0+ / 0-)

        I have been following this closely for months and watching full press conferences that are not edited. I am not anti-union, my husband is in the Chicago carpenters union, but I don't always agree with their tactics. I can be a true progressive and not like her style, they are not mutually exclusive, and IMO she hurts the cause. I also think that one thing we as progressives can do better is disagree on tactics when we absolutely agree on the issues. :)

        Don't look at me in that tone of voice. Dorothy Parker

        by kirbybruno on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 05:07:31 AM PDT

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