Random thoughts. No strike for now.


Although Chicago teachers could legally strike this month, the CTU House of Delegates yesterday decided to put it off in the hopes that the state’s politicians could find a way to raise revenue.


You would think that during this Teacher Appreciation Week the legislature would show some money love. Instead it appears that the bill to place a Fair Tax on the November ballot is dead for this year.

Michael Madigan’s Democrats didn’t have enough votes to pass it and no Republicans would challenge Rauner’s opposition to fairness. There was no point in  calling for a vote, so it wasn’t called.

Senator Manar’s school funding bill will send some money to Chicago, but I have written about the problems of trying to achieve his goal of equity without funding adequacy. And unless the bill has changed since last I looked, it still takes money from special needs students to fill the gap.

That’s wrong.

That leaves raising the flat income tax rate from our state’s current 3.75% to something less than the 5% it was a little over a year ago.

That may happen if enough Republicans and Democrats can agree. Madigan won’t let his Democrats vote for taxes unless at least some Republicans sign on.

Maybe after November.

In Springfield they seem to think we have all the time in the world.


7 Replies to “Random thoughts. No strike for now.”

  1. Fred,

    To many agendas in Springfield, none having to do with what’s right for the state and the people.


  2. In today’s Tribune an article about Detroit public school’s funding crisis alludes to the fact that charter schools aided in its financial demise.
    Fred, do charter schools cost taxpayers more per student than traditional schools? I would think so just based on volume of buildings alone in addition to the Number of dollars needed for rents , utilities and maintenance. And if so, why are charter costs not a main complaint in CTU’s fight for additional revenue?
    Your thoughts?

    1. Per student expenditures for charters are the same, plus added start-up costs. Expanded charters are a main complaint of the CTU. They wanted a moratorium on charter expansion.

  3. Are the charter teachers in the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund? If they are not, it will have a bad effect on CTPF in the long term.

    1. I guess you must be referring to that tired old complaint about summers off, forgetting that teachers work a per diem. That is, I never got a paid day off or a paid holiday. I was contracted for 185 days. If the legislature enacted a holiday, the district just tacked a day on to the end of the year. If someone worked a 12 month contract, like some administrators or custodians, they were paid for 12 months. And you would be the first to scream if they scheduled schools 12 months and paid us the per diem for that.

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