Chicago Schools Strike: Where To Send CPS Students

I am grateful for great teachers and plans for alternative outlets for our Precious children. I grew up in CPS and offer Advocacy there also. I’ve expressed concern over the level of Proficient students in many urban schools, short school days, lack of resources at some schools, etc. I am reallly concerned over this strike, as there’s much intensity there. 1. With some of the teachers, it’s largely about “Respect”! 2. Many of the schools being at-risk are in poorer neighborhoods and many minority teachers are being displaced and “branded” when closed. More investment is needed in these schools as tax dollars are not as plentiful! 2. Conditions are more stressed where there are shootings, killings, attitudes and behaviors unseen by many! 3. Many teachers work before, after school and weekends! 4. This has been building up over years – communications to parents about potential strike have occurred over the past year. 5. I would like to see more about investigating how CPS’s $700 million deficit occurred! Should Teachers and Children pay for administrative mismanagement if that is the case? 6. Note, teachers are not paid during strike! They are so fed up and contend they want Better School days for our Children! 7. I agree with the mayor on some points ie Principal’s voice in hiring teachers. I believe in having Fair Teacher Evaluations that include Multiple Measures! Let’s listen to the plight of what these Teachers, Staff and Children endure Day to Day and Year to Year!
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


About Bren Martin

Brenda is an education advocate and has been an active leader in the schools, church and community. She is a National PTA Social Media Ambassador and was a Panelist on NBC's Education Nation in New York City, "Stepping Up: The Power of a Parent Advocate," for Parenting Magazine. Brenda was honored by the U. S. Department of Education and the White House as a “Champion of Change” for educational advocacy. She is Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress-Kentucky delegate and a recipient of Knowledge Universe-KinderCare’s Education Achievement Award! (See Parenting Magazine’s, “The Power and Potential of Parent Advocates,“ and one of Brenda’s articles, “Changing Us, Changes Them.“) Some of her services include: District PTA President and State PTA Board; Education Commissioner's Steering Committee for Teacher Effectiveness. She is a former regional President, Gifted Education; Summer Camp Creator/Director; Church Youth Director; Vacation Bible School Director; Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth of Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) Fellow; School Based Decision Making; Employability Skills Consultant to prison & colleges; Television Special host and more. Also, Follow Brenda on Twitter @bdrumartin. Disclaimer: Use sites, blogs, information or links at your own risk.
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