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“I don’t hear anyone…saying that we need to write the schools a blank check. “
Please don’t vest too much in CPS looking out for any of the rest of us. I won’t give their opinions a second thought until they start broadening the focus to include all of the tax dollars we spend. Don’t buy their single focus on the education budget while there is no mention of the general government budget,… and the Board of Finance is given a free skate!
I don’t hear anyone on this site, or anywhere else, saying that we need to write the schools a blank check. The argument is not that we should throw money at the schools and not have a care as to what is done with those funds. But we have just laid off five teachers. We lay off the non-tenured teachers first, the ones that are usually youngest, the most energetic, the most dynamic and the ones that, in bringing new blood into our system, encourage creativity and, often, infectiously inspire those around them – staff and students alike.
We do have problems with our heating system and ventilation too. Any surprise? In these aging facilities we probably could use one hell of an upgrade. If we can’t even afford to pay for teachers, how the hell do you think we’d get that kind of trivial thing passed by the voters??? I’m not an advocate of going completely ergonomic to ‘enhance’ the learning environment, but I think a decent temperature range and good, breathable air should be no-brainer. Read the rest of this entry »