As the 2012-13 school year approaches, the problems caused by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the Chicago Public School teachers, students, and parents are coming to a head.
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The problem is that Mayor Emanuel lengthened the school day but incorrectly believed the compensation for the teachers and staff for the additional work hours would somehow just work themselves out. Obviously, things like this don’t just simply work themselves out.
Emanuel and his new Chicago Public School CEO Jean-Claude Brizard are finding that asking people to work an hour-and-a-half longer every day in the classroom – not to mention additional planning time to make the extra class time educational for students – isn’t going to be a smooth transition for anyone Emanuel’s insulting and asinine offer of a 2% raise.
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An independent source says that the teachers should be given a 15% to 20% pay increase to be fair. This equates to approximately $330 million.
At a West Side Humboldt Park school, Brizard told reporters today:
There is no way in the world we can pay $330 million in increases.
Teachers want more, but the independent source has made the 15% to 20% determination.
One would think that Emanuel and Brizard would have worked out such details as compensation long before claiming the extended school day is definite.
Yesterday, when the report from the independent source came out, Emanuel had extremely harsh words for the independent source’s opinion and vowed that the teachers will not get that amount. With Emanuel’s disregard and disrespect for the independent source’s opinion and Brizard’s claim that the money just isn’t possible for making the teacher’s school day 90 minutes longer – plus additional plan time needed – a strike is looking more and more inevitable.
Naturally, the teachers are blaming Mayor Rahm Emanuel – as they should since he took the measure this far while now admittedly knowing that cash to make the change was not available.
Mayor Emanuel will run around City Hall claiming “but it’s for the children – it’s for the children!” while expecting the teachers to donate their time to make his plan work.
Emanuel always firmly says “it’s for the children” while those he depends on to make his plans work say, “Yes, but we have lives, financial needs, and we demand compensation.”
If Emanuel is such a good-hearted person who always claims he wants what’s best for the children all the time with disregard for compensation for such work, why doesn’t he donate a good portion of his high salary to make his Chicago Public School plans work? If he would set an example of self-generosity, maybe his demands on others to donate their time would be much better received.
Source of the independent source information and Brizard’s comment to the press: WLS/ABC.