Forum: Charter schools about the money
April 2, 2013 9:08PM
Updated: May 4, 2013 6:35AM
As a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, I am saddened by the school closings announced recently. To me, this is deja vu on steroids.
I was in a school that was to receive many new resources that never materialized. CPS did not have the wherewithal to handle a few closings then without chaos, so it will be frightening what children and parents may go through this fall.
The crazy thing about this charter school movement is how little money is allocated to students. Each charter operator has its bureaucracy taking away student resources. This is in addition to the CPS bureaucracy.
Maybe the hope for real school reform is realized with an elected school board rather than civic luminaries who are placed on the school board to help advance the mayor’s misguided policies.
Minimum wage and job performance
I guess I should’ve explained myself a little better in my recent letter about minimum wages so Joel Nosek would understand what I meant. There should be a minimum wage for part-time employees and a different minimum wage for full-time employees so they can better support their families.
I am not saying that you pay or keep on your payroll someone who cannot perform to the standards you demand. If an employee cannot do the job correctly, replace him with someone who can.
All I am asking is that employers pay the employees who are doing the job and making the company money a decent wage — maybe by paying less to the chief executive who makes an outrageous salary and treats his workers like nobodies.
Chicago school closings
It’s abundantly clear how little Chicago cares about the poor children who are the victims not only of its urban violence that surrounds them but are also victimized by our so-called “leaders.”
Closing schools is framed as benefiting poor children. In the lunacy that passes for social commentary here in Chicago, this is accepted as perfectly legitimate.
In the light of this most vicious action against the poor, it is very clear that there are two Chicagos — one that suffers every day by the dictates of an uncaring mayor in the pocket of charter school money and the other, which in its silent complicity allows the cruelty of the former to take place.
Edward D. Juillard
Cook County Commissioner William Beavers (D-Chicago) has been convicted by a federal court jury of income tax evasion.
His downfall is yet another pathetic example of a public official’s betrayal of trust. His self-created casualty resulted from his failure to understand that it is easier to look through the window than into the mirror. What a way to end a career.
Beavers’ fall from grace would have been prevented had he attended to the following wisdom: If one does not pay meticulous, scrupulous attention to one’s boundaries (whether personal, occupational or otherwise), all relationships will be ruined.
Leon J. Hoffman