Teacher appreciation week? Screw it.

The Trib begins today’s story on the CPS money crisis this way:

Chicago Public Schools has enough cash to complete the school year but the system is still short hundreds of millions of dollars needed to make a pension payment due at the end of June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s top finance official said Tuesday.

But that turns the story on its head.

CPS doesn’t have enough money to complete the school year so they will take it from teachers’ retirement savings.

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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool.

Rahm and Claypool blame the state. Rauner blames the Democrats and the legislature.

It is Teacher Appreciation Week.

A few quick reminders.

Teachers don’t get Social Security in retirement. We get a pension and we pay our contribution every pay check for our entire careers.

A failure to pay the pension payment by our employers is illegal, but nobody worries about that.

If you ran a private company and failed to pay the contribution into Social Security you would be in violation of federal law, punishable by jail time.

If you see a CPS teacher, thank them this Teacher Appreciation Week.

After all, they will be paying for Chicago schools to stay open the full year, paying with their retirement savings, longer days, furlough days, position cuts and pay cuts.

A “thank you” is the least they should get.

7 thoughts on “Teacher appreciation week? Screw it.

  1. Fred,
    We’ve also paid to keep school open with no raises in 2011, longer school day and school year without an increase in pay, cuts to our classrooms, and all those furlough days.
    I’m so glad I got my Teacher Appreciation certificate from Forrest and Janet this week!

  2. I’m thinking that after Trump dumped Comey, Rahm’s brain is scheming overtime as to how he can handle Claypool if he doesn’t dance in step with his ballet dancer boss and his ideas.

  3. Not only all of this, but 2 bills that are up for hearing today (may have already been heard), SB 865 includes language that states that school report card (will be amended)–“shall include the total & per pupil normal cost amount the State contributed to the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of IL in the prior fiscal year for the district’s employees, which shall be reported to the State Board of Education by the Teachers Retirement System of the State of Illinois.” l
    AND–SB 449, Amendment 001, summarized (it’s long!), establishes requirements for teacher & principal evaluations…a model plan “in which student growth shall comprise 50% of the performance rating. Not withstanding any provision in this Section, such rules shall not preclude a school district having 500,000 or more inhabitants from using an annual State assessment as the sole measure of student growth for purposes of teacher or principal evaluations…”
    It may be late, but do fill out OPPONENT Witness Slips at
    http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create?

    Anyway, how’s all that for Teacher Appreciation Week?

  4. Fred, you are wrong!!! If a teacher like myself work in the public work force and put in 42 credits. You do get S.S. Now, it is pro-rated by your teachers salary. BUT, if you put in the time to get the 42 credits. You will get some S.S!!!! It should not be pro-rated by my teachers retirement salary…but it is and that is the way the system works…..this is what you should be talking about…..

    • I have talked about it. It is called WEP/GPO. It is not “pro-rated.” It is the theft of 15 years of paying into Social Security.

  5. Teacher Appreciation Week? My colleagues and I took this “week of appreciation” with a grain of salt. It seemed odd and out of place for our building and district administrators who had little or no knowledge about our jobs and efforts in the classroom to “appreciate” us. During contract negotiations, there was anything but appreciation for us. This “week” was odd and phony years ago; “teacher appreciation week” in this age of draconian budget cuts, school closings, charter schools, and pension theft is nothing but a cynical, Orwellian oxymoron.

  6. Teacher Appreciation Week? My colleagues and I always took this “week of appreciation” with a grain of salt. It seemed odd and insincere for our building and district administrators who had little or no knowledge about our work in the classroom to “appreciate” us for just one week in an entire year. During contract negotiations, there was anything but “appreciation” for the teachers in our district. I’m certain that it was the same in other districts. The “celebration” of this “week” was phony years ago, but “teacher appreciation week” in our age of constant anxiety, draconian budget cuts, absurd standardized testing, school closings, charter schools, and pension theft is the mother of oxymorons.

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