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chicago public schools..same story again. Thoughts?

Posted by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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Short version

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CHICAGO  — The Chicago Public Schools has mandated four unpaid furlough days this school year for its teachers and staff.

In a letter sent Friday to district employees, CPS CEO Forrest Claypool blamed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a measure providing $215 million in state aid to the district for the action

However, The Chicago Teachers Union says the district’s action is the latest consequence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s and Claypool’s failure to pursue “progressive revenue for our schools.

CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey said in a statement the furloughs are another example of Emanuel and the board balancing the budget by “taking from students and educators.

District officials have said in financial disclosures they will turn to budget cuts, unspecified legal action and borrowing in efforts to close budget gaps left by shortfalls in state assistance.


Long version

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Public Schools on Friday ordered four unpaid furlough days for its employees as a cost-cutting measure the district said is necessary because of Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that would have provided $215 million in state aid.

The furlough days won't interrupt classes because all land on previously scheduled staff professional development days. CPS said the effort was expected to save $35 million, a fraction of the budget gap the district faces this year.

CPS officials warned more cuts could come, while the district and Republican governor's office continued to spar over the lack of accord in Springfield on school funding and a fix for underfunded pension systems.

"There's always something political about these announcements, and I think this is no exception," Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said in a phone interview.


Ratings agency says big tax hike is 'most likely' CPS fix

Ratings agency says big tax hike is 'most likely' CPS fix

In a statement, the CTU called the furloughs "the latest consequence of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and handpicked CPS CEO Forrest Claypool's unwillingness to pursue progressive revenue for our schools."

While the CTU pointed fingers at Emanuel and Claypool, the district placed blamed for its money problems squarely with Rauner.

Claypool described the furloughs as "a first step in addressing the Governor's misguided cuts" in a letter to district employees. He also warned that "if Gov. Rauner continues to treat Chicago children as political pawns, CPS will be forced to take additional steps to reduce spending, focusing our efforts on minimizing disruptions to classroom instruction as best we all can."

Catherine Kelly, the governor's spokeswoman, said such criticism "is getting old."

"CPS willingly chose to budget for money they had not received and knew was contingent upon real pension reform," Kelly said in a statement.

Rauner abruptly vetoed $25 million worth of relief for the district's swollen pension bill on Dec. 1, saying he scuttled the legislation because it was not tied to broader pension reforms that he has demanded. Democratic Senate President John Cullerton encouraged the governor to sign the legislation without the pension overhaul.

"The Administration is open to considering this legislation again if the General Assembly passes statewide pension reform," Kelly said Friday in her statement.

That veto left CPS officials to weigh a number of cost-cutting steps because budgets approved in August and again in December, after the document was redrawn in light of a new CTU contract, relied on the $215 million. The district has depleted its once substantial reserves and has relied on short-term borrowing to pay its bills.


The district has said in financial disclosures that it will turn to budget cuts, unspecified legal action and borrowing in efforts to close budget gaps left by shortfalls in expected state assistance.


The furlough announcement came one day after a top Wall Street ratings agency suggested CPS likely would have to turn to a massive property tax increase to address its consistent money troubles.

Last year, the district ordered three furlough days while facing an even larger budget gap, leading the CTU to lodge a strike threat amid stalemated contract talks. In its statement Friday, the union demanded Emanuel's office send even more money to the school system from special city taxing districts. The mayor had directed an extra infusion of those dollars to pay for the labor contract reached in October minutes before a CTU strike deadline.

The furlough days are Feb. 3, April 7, June 21 and June 22. CPS employees, for the most part, will not be required to work and will not be paid. The district's main headquarters and auxiliary offices will be closed.

The CTU said those days were vital professional development opportunities that also provide teachers with opportunities for grading and recordkeeping.


"Just like the cuts to special education, school closings and a host of other atrocities, this is another example of Rahm and his Board balancing the budget by taking from students and educators without even trying to secure resources from those who can most afford it," Sharkey said in a statement.


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CrickettyBoo
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:35 PM

Some teachers are saying that since recess was factored in the school day, all the money problems began.  They want to get rid of recess. I personally think that recess is VERY important and the money problems ballooned because of mismanagement of funds. It's that simple. Chicago is corrupt to the core. 

mrs.hummus
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:38 PM
I have family in chicago. It is a mess and I'm not just talking about the schools.
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by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:38 PM
Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.
CrickettyBoo
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:40 PM

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:43 PM
Are you from Illinois? It's a mess here politically.

Quoting CrickettyBoo:

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.

CrickettyBoo
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:44 PM

yes, and a cps teacher too. 

Quoting Anonymous 1: Are you from Illinois? It's a mess here politically.
Quoting CrickettyBoo:

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:46 PM
My dh is a state employee. I feel your pain.

Quoting CrickettyBoo:

yes, and a cps teacher too. 

Quoting Anonymous 1: Are you from Illinois? It's a mess here politically.

Quoting CrickettyBoo:

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.

CrickettyBoo
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:49 PM

are you near chicago?

Quoting Anonymous 1: My dh is a state employee. I feel your pain.
Quoting CrickettyBoo:

yes, and a cps teacher too. 

Quoting Anonymous 1: Are you from Illinois? It's a mess here politically.
Quoting CrickettyBoo:

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:50 PM
No, we are near Springfield.

Quoting CrickettyBoo:

are you near chicago?

Quoting Anonymous 1: My dh is a state employee. I feel your pain.

Quoting CrickettyBoo:

yes, and a cps teacher too. 

Quoting Anonymous 1: Are you from Illinois? It's a mess here politically.

Quoting CrickettyBoo:

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.

CrickettyBoo
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:52 PM

I see. This is my homestate. I came back a couple years ago and now I kinda want to leave again.

Quoting Anonymous 1: No, we are near Springfield.
Quoting CrickettyBoo:

are you near chicago?

Quoting Anonymous 1: My dh is a state employee. I feel your pain.
Quoting CrickettyBoo:

yes, and a cps teacher too. 

Quoting Anonymous 1: Are you from Illinois? It's a mess here politically.
Quoting CrickettyBoo:

This is true. I just got a little ticked that some of my colleagues were saying basically to get rid of recess, shorten the school day and all the money problems would be solved. Smh.

Quoting Anonymous 1: Governor Rauner wants to break unions. It's been on his agenda since his campaign days. Yes, the system needs an overhaul, but until both the Republicans and the Democrats here in Illinois can work together and truly do what is right for the whole, I don't hold out much hope. The system won't be fixed on the backs of the employees.


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