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September 13, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Just read the quotes. We probably should expect teachers who were spreading leftist propaganda before the strike, to resume that after the strike eventually ends.

If the delegates vote to end the strike, student and teachers will likely return to class Monday. But it may still take a week or more before the union’s 26,000 members officially vote to ratify the new teachers contract.

The CTU is also planning what it calls a “Wisconsin-style” labor rally at noon Saturday in Union Park.

If the delegates vote to end the strike, student and teachers will likely return to class Monday. But it may still take a week or more before the union’s 26,000 members officially vote to ratify the new teachers contract.

The CTU is also planning what it calls a “Wisconsin-style” labor rally at noon Saturday in Union Park.

Like other teachers on the picket line into front of CPS headquarters this morning, Lawson said she is anxious to get back to the classroom and her students.  She plans on having candid conversations with them about the strike.

“They’re all too familiar with bullying and societal injustices, so it would be a very easy conversation with them,” Lawson said. “They’re all fighting cases right now. Some are looking at 45 (years in prison) to life.”

That’s an interesting take, considering that she teaches criminals. They’re familiar with bullying and injustice mostly by perpetrating them on their victims.

Christopher Barker said he too is ready to be back in the classroom. “I feel like everything has slid a week back,” he said.

Barker, who teaches math and humanities at George Manierre Elementary School, said he needs to finish evaluating his new students, call parents and build his student library.

One of the first things on the agenda, however, will be talking to his students about what the strike meant. “Is there anywhere that you go in life when you do have to speak up for yourself when there’s a perceived injustice?”

Barker said he will have to play some catch up and will have to do a quick review of school procedures. He hopes to be back in school on Friday or Monday.

David Temkin, a CPS social worker, said he has been affected by the strike as a teacher and a parent. He has  two daughters in CPS, one in first grade, the other in second grade. “But in what battle don’t we have casualties?” Temkin said.

Such a cavalier attitude toward one’s own children, seeing them as necessary casualties.

Perhaps being out of the classroom in Chicago will leave the students better off after all.

As for the deal that’s currently on the table between the city and the union, it looks like the union is beating Rahmbo.

Under the proposal, teacher raises would be structured differently, as requested by the union; evaluations of tenured teachers during the first year could not result in dismissal; later evaluations could be appealed; and health insurance rates would hold steady if the union agreed to take part in a wellness program.

The new proposal also removes the district’s ability to rescind raises because of an economic crisis. The board stripped teachers of a 4 percent raise last year, sparking union distrust of the mayor.

Government worker unions should be outlawed.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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