It turns out that the memo posted here yesterday from CPS Barbara Byrd Bennett that some principals distributed to building teachers and staff wasn’t for them.
The memo was a directive that demanded adherence to a dress code.
For men it demanded suits, slacks, shirts (!) and, when appropriate, ties.
For women it included suits, tailored separates, skirts and dresses.
“As we attempt to change our culture,” Byrd Bennett said, “attire is important.”
She added, “Our professionalism is established by our image.”
It turns out that the memo was never intended to be distributed to teachers.
Principals must have assumed that a memo directed at the district’s professionals meant teachers.
For Byrd Bennett it means the bureaucrats at Network and 125 Clark Street.
That is where she thinks the professionals are.
Not in school buildings with students.
It’s good to know that Barbara Byrd Bennett is demanding that male office staff wear shirts.
Bare chested men at work is not a professional image.
Except in World Federation Wrestling.
Chicago Teachers Union CP Jesse Sharkey comments:
Notice to the insane principals who forwarded that CPS memo about Central Office dress code to their staffs: have a little common sense. In what world does it make sense for Art, Phys Ed, and Kindergarten teachers to wear suits??? In reality teachers and PSRP’s can ignore that directive. It wasn’t meant for us. Maybe next time 125 says “jump out a window” ask “why?” instead of “which one?”