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Chicago Strike

18 Sep

Recently Chicago teachers went on strike against a school system willing to put thousands out of a job.  They are striking because the schools want to start basing teacher evaluations on their students standardized test scores.  While this might sound like an effective way to judge teachers and their ability to teach students the material necessary to succeed academically it also does not account for environmental and social factors.  Some students could come from lower income households and have different situations that prevent them from focusing on academics thereby forcing them to achieve less than optimal grades.  This then affects the teachers and makes the board of whatever school district think that they are not worth the money to pay them and so the teacher is out of work.  The problem though with this strike is that it affects the students more than the teachers.  Around 350,000 students are and have been out of the classroom for almost 8 days now.  If the teachers want to keep their grassroots appeal they need to at least alleviate the problem of kids being out of school or they will lose support of the communities involved.  With the president currently running for election it would be in his best interest to try to save as many of these teaching jobs as possible.  A higher unemployment rate is not appealing to voters let alone unemployment in education.

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Chicago Strike

  1. Safona Holcomb

    October 10, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    The Chicago Teacher’s strike is plaguing current news. As it persists many families are suffering the consequences in varying degrees. Thus far, as many as 30,000 children and families have been, and are being negatively impacted by school officials and union representatives not being to come to an amicable agreement. While we can be almost certain that this too shall pass, today, there is no end in sight. Parents are suddenly left little or no options for childcare. It has even been reported that some parents have had to take their children to work with them. All parties agree on one thing: The children need to return to school as soon as possible.

     
  2. sony112

    December 18, 2012 at 4:19 am

    Their are multiple factors that show how much of an impact this teachers strike. the delay in the time of the School officials and union representatives coming to an agreement is keeping kids that are already projected as far behind academically further from their meeting test standards with all the days being missed. Unfourtunately for the president it does not help because the jobs that he saves will be detrimental to everyone involved the chicago area. seeing as he is from Chicago himself. Chicago is dealing with a high crime rate and is also becoming the new murder capital of the united states. Its even developed the nick name “Chiraq”. which is ironic seeing as obama has had such success in Iraq yet has so much more trouble controlling american soil. The teachers need to get back to work . All the time spent on the issues being negotiated are delaying the preparation for standardized test. 350, students are out of school more than half are probably doing things they should school is a safe haven.

     

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