The shrinking slush fund | Ben Joravsky on Politics | Chicago Reader $454 million from property taxes were diverted this year into TIF funds. I am no expert on this, admittedly, but they are basically a slush fund that the mayor has control over that is supposed to be used to promote development in poor neighborhoods but is generally, according to the author of this article "winds up going to the richest of the rich." The Chicago Reader has been running stories on TIF funds for years.
Stop spending so much money on outside programs, curriculums, consultants. Decentralize the educational system. Trust teachers to know how to teach their own students and quit micromanaging us.
Stop spending millions on closing schools, turning around schools and starting charter schools when these are expensive and arguably ineffective solutions to poor student achievement.
I would start there.
Or I know. Quit treating teachers like whipping posts, show them respect, stop closing down their schools, stop pushing programs down their throats, stop pushing agendas without consulting teachers who are THEE experts with the most experience in how to best educate the children in front of them, and stop acting as if every teacher in the city is lazy and doesn't do their job right. And then, if you show respect, you would be more likely to be able to negotiate a contract that was fair and cost less money.
Last edited by nathanj63; 09-11-12 at 07:52 PM.
One:School Unions are not the only ones out there......so telling people they don't know anything about Unions and collective bargaining is your misnomer.
Course the rest is the easy Part. Lewis changed up what she said Nationally. Moreovoer her actions speak louder than her words!
FYI.....do you think those in Chicago that are well informed. Would know of Such?
I don't think that's any way to run an educational system, with everyone avoiding the students who need the most help. Institutions that are meant for the good of the general public are often best run differently than a business.
Also that where the Illinois General Assembly doesnt take Jurisdiction. That the City Government does!