But, it's true. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Public School (CPS) teachers' union bosses (the "Chicago Teachers Union" [CTU]) had adamantly and steadfastly opposed the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mandate that all 3rd through 8th graders would take a new, standardized test rather than the 10% (a pilot program of 66 of 664 schools) that the CTU bosses had proposed.
Why? Last Friday, ISBE sent a letter to the CPS Board threatening to terminate $1.4B in federal and state funding if CPS didn’t comply with the mandate. Those $$$s fund:
- ~1.2k regular school positions, including 824 teachers;
- pre-K programs for ~2.3k children; and,
- 988 support staff for special education students.
Those are jobs in public schools ISBE was threatening. Job holders pay union dues. Those dues fund the union bosses' programs and lifestyles. CTU won't toleate any of that! After all, they're in it "for the kids."
More importantly, ISBE also threatened to cease recognizing CPS as a school district. Not only would that cost CPS even more $$$s, but it would also open the door for potential restructuring, innovation, and perhaps even new approaches to funding public education in CPS.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she was “befuddled” by ISBE's unwillingness to compromise with CPS and CTU, noting, “I don’t even have a word for it. I think it’s a question for the state, though.”
There are words for "it." Perhaps Ms. Byrd-Bennett should try these four words: "Money speaks to power."
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Chicago Sun-Times article, click on the following link: