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CPS budget. “The onus falls on the Mayor.”

July 24, 2014

KAREN!

CTUnet:

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released the following statement today regarding the Board of Education’s efforts to jam through a flawed budget for the coming fiscal year:

“The mayor’s handpicked school board is playing politics with the schools budget. By using 14 months’ worth of revenue in this fiscal year, it pushes the problems of funding into next year—until after the election—and into a contract year,” said Jesse Sharkey, CTU vice president. “CPS has been banking on solving their budget problems through pension theft, but the Illinois Supreme Court ruling that protected retiree benefits has negated that strategy.

“The current crisis has also been exacerbated by the unchecked proliferation of charter schools, which have seen their portion of the schools budget grow 30 percent faster than overall school spending—and is directly linked to the decision to close 50 schools last year due to budgetary reasons,” Sharkey said.

“Now the onus falls on the mayor to properly fund the public schools.”

Ten minute drawing. Kindergarten ready.

July 24, 2014

kindergarten ready

“Doctor” Carter blames his secretary. And the Chicago, AUSL connection.

July 24, 2014

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Each day.

This guy has given me blog posts for a week.

This is the story of Terrence P. Carter and the New London, Connecticut school system. Carter was about to be hired to be the new superintendent when the real reporters at the Hartford Courant uncovered the fact that his claim on a Ph.D. was as phony as a Bruce Rauner Timex.

Today’s story:

A national research organization said Wednesday that Terrence P. Carter, the incoming superintendent of schools in New London, submitted a biography in 2011 that indicated he had received a Ph.D. from Stanford University, an assertion that contradicts what the embattled educator has said.

Stanford has said that Carter never attended, which Carter has acknowledged. Carter has previously told The Courant that he was not the source for either the 2011 biography or a 2008 biographical article that also indicated he had received a Ph.D. from Stanford.

Larry McQuillan, director of public affairs for the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday emailed to The Courant what he said was “the original bio submitted by Carter.” It indicated that he held “a Ph.D., in Organizational Leadership from Stanford University.”

The institute used the biography in a “Presenter Biographies” document for a June 2-3, 2011, education conference in Rosedale, Ill.

Carter  blames his secretary:

“I don’t know where they got it from, but they did not get it from me,” Carter, 49, who has been an education administrator in Chicago for a decade, said in a telephone interview with The Courant on July 15. He said that a request for information “was submitted to my secretary” at the Academy for Urban School Leadership in Chicago.

Blaming his secretary?

I don’t think this is so much about Terrence P. Carter and the job he will not likely get in New London, Connecticut.

The folks out there in Connecticut have done a good enough job of uncovering his phony transcripts and claims on academic work he never did.

But this was a CPS guy.

An AUSL guy.

You can get a good understanding of the role that the Academy for Urban School Leadership plays in the destruction of the Chicago pubic school system if you know that it is hugely Gates funded, that AUSL’s former chairman, David Vitale is now CPS board president. AUSL’s Tim Cawley is  the CPS Chief Administrative Officer.

As part of his job at AUSL’s Terrence P. Carter was on the Senior Leadership Team of AUSL that handled the turnaround process at Chicago’s Collins High School.

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Read Matt Farmer’s Huffington Post column on how AUSL and Rahm (with the help of Terrence P. Carter) played Collins High School.

Let’s fast forward to June 2011.

That’s when Emanuel was asked to give a commencement address to AUSL’s first graduating class of Collins seniors. It was no surprise that he signed on, because if there’s one education group in town that’s long been wired directly into City Hall, it’s AUSL. In fact, Emanuel made it a point to increase AUSL’s clout on the Fifth Floor during his first weeks on the job.

The FBI never raided my neighborhood public school.

July 23, 2014

FIB RAIDS

Senior watch: Mid-career teachers facing financial crunch. Veteran teachers are being forced out.

July 23, 2014

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In suburban District 64, Park Ridge (where I was local union president and negotiator over many contracts), our salary schedule had competitive entry-level salaries. But it also took 20 years to reach the top of the schedule.

And by 10 years, the increases at those middle steps were sometimes less than 1%.

Of course, we proposed solutions to the board that would stop punishing mid-career and late-career teachers.

The board’s solution was to move the existing money from the salaries of younger teachers to more veteran teachers. This was a solution we could not agree to.

And so the compensation of mid-career and late-career teachers remains relatively low.

A study by the Center for American Progress shows that Park Ridge is not unique.

Some might conclude that the non-competitive salaries of mid-career and late-career teachers, combined with attacks on tenure protection for those teachers is intended to drive veteran teachers out of the profession, saving costs and reducing the quality of neighborhood schools.

I suspect that is the case.

This research relied on a variety of databases, the results of which are deeply troubling. Our findings include:

  • Mid- and late-career teacher base salaries are painfully low in many states. In Colorado, teachers with a graduate degree and 10 years of experience make less than a trucker in the state. In Oklahoma, teachers with 15 years of experience and a master’s degree make less than sheet metal workers. And teachers in Georgia with 10 years of experience and a graduate degree make less than a flight attendant in the state. (See Appendix for state-by-state data on teacher salaries. We relied on “base teacher” salaries for our data, which typically does not include summer jobs or other forms of additional income.)
  • Teachers with 10 years of experience who are family breadwinners often qualify for a number of federally funded benefit programs designed for families needing financial support. We found that mid-career teachers who head families of four or more in multiple states such as Arizona and North Dakota qualify for several benefit programs, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the School Breakfast and Lunch Program. What’s more, teachers have fewer opportunities to grow their salaries compared to other professions.
  • To supplement their minimal salaries, large percentages of teachers work second jobs. We found that in 11 states, more than 20 percent of teachers rely on the financial support of a second job, and in some states such Maine, that number is as high as 25 percent. In these 11 states, the average base salary for a teacher with 10 years of experience and a bachelor’s degree is merely $39,673—less than a carpenter’s national average salary. (Note that teachers typically have summers off, and the data on teachers who work second jobs do not include any income that a teacher may have earned over the summer.)

The bottom line is that mid- and late-career teachers are not earning what they deserve, nor are they able to gain the salaries that support a middle-class existence.

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Ten minute drawing. Ken Griffin.

July 23, 2014

KEN Griffin

Terrence P. Carter claimed a doctorate as principal at Chicago’s Barton Elementary School. Do we get a rebate?

July 23, 2014

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- Linda

Posted on the Ravitch blog from a Chicago reader, notice his “teaching” experience increases two years in a one year span when he is NOT in the classroom, from 2006 to 2007. It’s all bullshit.

I found Carter’s salary listings for the years 2006 – 2010 for his work at CPS, in the Teacher and Administrator Salary Database at the Family Taxpayer Foundation.

A master’s degree is listed for Carter from 2006 – 2008. Then a doctorate is listed in 2009 and 2010. This info is provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE):

Year

2006
Name: Carter Terrence P
Salary: $112,164
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 2.0
Degree: Master’s
School Name: BARTON ELEM SCHOOL
District Name: CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299

2007
Name: Carter Terrence P
Salary: $118,856
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 4
Degree: Master’s
School Name: CHICAGO ACADEMY ELEM SCHOOL
District Name: CITY OF CHICAGO SD 299

2008:
Name: Carter, Terrence P
Salary: $133,203
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 5.0
Degree: Master’s
School Name: CATALYST CIRCLE ROCK ELEM SCHOO
District Name: City of Chicago SD 299

2009
Name: Carter, Terrence
Salary: $132,834
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 6
Degree: Doctorate
School Name: Barton Elem School
District Name: City of Chicago SD 299

2010
Name: Carter, Terrence
Salary: $142,128
Position: Elementary Principal
Full/Part Time: Fulltime
Percent Time Employed: 100%
Assignment: Administration
Years Teaching: 7
Degree: Doctorate
School Name: Barton Elem School
District Name: City of Chicago SD 299

 

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