Thursday, May 17, 2007

This is Goofy

  • Fifty million federal dollars for after-school tutoring to produce only negligible gains was money "well spent" by the Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Daley said today, arguing that, "You can't do miracles in one year."

    "Anybody can do a lot of gain. We've seen people in the past [tell students], 'You didn't take the exam this week. That's alright. We'll wait for another couple of weeks. We'll see how well you do. We'll put you on a list of working with you,'" Daley said, apparently referring to gains he viewed as inflated under the regime of former Schools CEO Paul Vallas.

Daley couldn't wait to sing Vallas' praises until Vallas almost upset the apple cart by running for Governor and upsetting the statewide combine.

Then later, we wonder about where all the money seems to go that is earmarked for schools and where the billions that Blago wants to tax us out of are headed. And we read this:
  • Some public employees make more in retirement than they did on the job. Hundreds of them in Illinois are now being paid six-figure pensions.
  • The top pension paid to a public employee in the state of Illinois last year was nearly $1,000 per day, more than $350,000 a year in retirement pay to a single public employee.
  • "Ninety-four are educators," said Bill Zettler, state pension critic.
Now does everyone see how the teachers union manages to get residency issues brought to the forefront and can bully the entire state government into billions of dollars worth of tax hikes and any number of things that we can't seem to bring up anywhere?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

We do not have any more camraderie and cohesiveness as we did in the past.The new kids that have come on this job in the past few years have no clue what this job is about.The majority of them are more concerned with getting a soft spot somewhere;they will brown-nose, rat,snitch and back-stab another blue shirt to get what they want.

5/17/2007 03:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are not the retirement benefits for your normal elementary or high school teacher. Take another look at that list and you will find university coach's, professors, and some administrators...but not the folks who are "in the front line" so to speak, actually face to face with students in their work day.

And if you think the police pension is underfunded...take a look at the normal teacher pensions. The state has paid next to nothing there for decades. Started the lottery to help the schools....don't make me laugh. Very little, if any, of that money ever made it to education.

Illinois ranks 49th amongst all the states in school funding. Pretty sad when the only state in the union that spends less money on education than Illinois is......Mississippi!

5/17/2007 07:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After school tutoring? Its just daycare for those who don't work. Need that time to sleep, got to go hang out on the streets all night.

5/17/2007 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

our fop said again and again is a fraternal organization like the one from the flointstones we have no UNION! Just a bunch of drunks who take a huge salary what have they done for us? Or should it be what exactly do they do beside sit in their smoke filled offices?

5/17/2007 07:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city does whatever they want to do to us then we grieve it wait months or years and get back what they took while they laugh at the top they still screwed us for a period of time! the teachers union is a wildcat style union they can and will strike we cannot, and we never stick to gether such as with a ticket slowdown so what is the point?

5/17/2007 07:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... can lead a horse to water...

5/17/2007 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats why so many honor students are killing each other.

5/17/2007 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those who can, DO. Those who can't, TEACH. Who says they don't have the common sense to come in out of the rain?

5/17/2007 11:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you are thinking about going out and doing aggressive police work, well, O.K. good luck, but keep in mind you ARE being watched most likely in almost everything you do, and further, you are once again operating without a vaild FOP contract.[expired]

5/17/2007 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley himself could really tutor the extremely dumb kids. He might learn something.

5/17/2007 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the new kids are the way they are because none of you old timers take the time to talk to them, mentor them, advise them, show them the way of the righteous man. You simply isolate yourselves in the corner of the roll call room and make shitty remarks about not having any time on the job. That's gonna make them want to be like you.

Get your head out of your ass! Lead these kids and show them the ropes, the way you wished someone would have showed you back in the day. Comraderie? It's usually a result of the environment not individual effort. Wake up and be a man, not a cry baby.

5/17/2007 03:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want a tax refund from all that federal money for everyone of those kids that got greased this year. full return! i refuse to have my taxes go to empty seeds when they could go to things like GPS equipped vehicles and MARS lights for our chopper!

5/17/2007 03:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tutoring? Why not overcrowd the classrooms, get some decent teachers who can read, write, spell and do math, and just teach the kids right the first time.

5/17/2007 09:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who gets tutored afterschool anymore? Fed money wasted! How much did that stainless steel bean cost? How much did Millenium park cost? What a waste of money.

Daley what about a fed grant for about 75 mil to re-enforce fire hydrants, half of which will be open (wasting millions of gallons) in July, flooding streets.

5/17/2007 11:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would think by now that the Feds would be smart enough not to give that crooked prick Daley any Federal money.

5/17/2007 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if we are really not a Union by definition, then why can't we strike? We are a Fraternal organization right? And if it's true that we can't strike, then why don't we all vote to change that, and have a strike clause put in.

5/17/2007 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 3:25pm; why don't you get YOUR head out of your ass and show them,
Squirrel- Boy ?

5/17/2007 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This mayor is unbelievable. He has OBLIGATIONS to the Pension Fund which is seriously underfunded. Nevertheless, he'll put 50M into an untested, untried, bound to fail social program.

5/18/2007 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
This mayor is unbelievable. He has OBLIGATIONS to the Pension Fund which is seriously underfunded. Nevertheless, he'll put 50M into an untested, untried, bound to fail social program.
I dont know why you are surprised, the name of the company that did the tutoring is......WALSH TUTORING!!!!!!!!!!! SISTER COMPANY TO WALSH CONSTRUCTION!!!!!!!!! I can see it now cardboard standups for teachers and see and spells to have lil johnny learnded by!!

5/19/2007 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't fire plug opening taught in the puplic school system. i can't spell hidrant.Went to the puplic school myself.

5/21/2007 06:38:00 AM  

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