Chicago Dems and Teachers union throw Rahm under the bus

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Dec 21, 2012
CTU 'Stand Up To The Fat Cats' Video Mocks Chicago Mayor, Education Reformers
Posted: 12/11/2012 10:34 am EST | Updated: 12/11/2012 10:38 am EST

The Chicago Teachers Union is out with an incendiary video targeting city officials through a made-up scary cartoon bedtime story called "The Fat Cats."
The video accuses Mayor Rahm Emanuel ("The Rahminator") of bringing in "a whole litterbox full of evil cats all over the country." Those "evil cats" are a host of big wigs ranging from private equity executive and charter school advocate Bruce Rauner ("Rowdy Rauner") to Bill Gates ("Bill 'The Fence'") that CTU says are scheming to privatize public education and eliminate the union "once and for all."

(WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW)

The union "seeks to rally the public against corporate infiltration in public education and encourage them to join the fight to provide resources and support for neighborhood schools," union officials said in a statement Monday, calling the video "a spotlight on the history of corporate school reform in Chicago and proposed 20th century advancements that ultimately led to the deterioration of many of the city's schools."

The video shows the September teachers strike that pushed a contentious two-week labor battle into the national spotlight. It comes just days after the union released a report that calls the Chicago's school system one of "educational apartheid."

Describing that report, CTU President Karen Lewis said "the attack on public schools is endemic," and she has sought to fight the city's plans to close dozens of public schools with falling enrollment. Hundreds of teachers and community supporters took to the streets last month in protest of the closures, which Lewis says are a way for the city to shift money into non-unionized charter schools. Emanuel seeks to open 60 charter schools over the next four years, 14 next fall.

The city later announced a five-year moratorium on shuttering schools after the current plan is completed 2013. But the video's release shows that the union doesn't think that's enough. CTU also plans to distribute a Fat Cat coloring book.

Those on the other side aren't amused.

"To be lectured by a leader of a failed union who protects a failed school system would be laughable if it were not so sad," Rauner, the charter school advocate, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "These union leaders are a joke, just not a funny one."

Becky Carroll, chief communications officer for Chicago Public Schools, told NBC Chicago that "mean-spirited tactics" are steps backwards in reforming and improving education for the city's children.

"These attacks do a disservice to our students and their families as it distracts the public conversation away from the very serious problems in our school communities today," Carroll said. "It's time for these attacks to stop and time to start talking about how we can work collaboratively to address $1 billion deficit facing CPS next year and the work that must be done to right-size our District so we can better invest our limited resources in all our children."

It's really bad when the Huffington Post criticizes Rahm. Almost 100 schools in the district under 50% utilized, and the Teachers union fights to keep them open "for the children". Its about union members keeping their jobs in a failing school system.
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Dec 21, 2012
Oh, the link to the teacher's union video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch...

Chicago Teachers Union, because more pay for us is all for the children, regardless of the results we get.

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#3 Dec 21, 2012
Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, St Louis, Kansas City, notice a trend here, all big cities, large population bases, surrounded by tall buildings (attributed to the Soouch) and I believe all have marginal to failing school districts. The largely unionized public education system in our country has proven time and time again they are more worried about their jobs, their pensions and dues than they are about our children and their education. Let me stop here and clarify, Union leaders/bosses, not necessarily teachers, many of whom are brillant and dedicated. We need some common sense and leadership in dealing with this mess and unfortunately we don't have that in DC.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#4 Dec 21, 2012
non-starter wrote:
CTU 'Stand Up To The Fat Cats' Video Mocks Chicago Mayor, Education Reformers
Posted: 12/11/2012 10:34 am EST | Updated: 12/11/2012 10:38 am EST
The Chicago Teachers Union is out with an incendiary video targeting city officials through a made-up scary cartoon bedtime story called "The Fat Cats."
The video accuses Mayor Rahm Emanuel ("The Rahminator") of bringing in "a whole litterbox full of evil cats all over the country." Those "evil cats" are a host of big wigs ranging from private equity executive and charter school advocate Bruce Rauner ("Rowdy Rauner") to Bill Gates ("Bill 'The Fence'") that CTU says are scheming to privatize public education and eliminate the union "once and for all."
(WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW)
The union "seeks to rally the public against corporate infiltration in public education and encourage them to join the fight to provide resources and support for neighborhood schools," union officials said in a statement Monday, calling the video "a spotlight on the history of corporate school reform in Chicago and proposed 20th century advancements that ultimately led to the deterioration of many of the city's schools."
The video shows the September teachers strike that pushed a contentious two-week labor battle into the national spotlight. It comes just days after the union released a report that calls the Chicago's school system one of "educational apartheid."
Describing that report, CTU President Karen Lewis said "the attack on public schools is endemic," and she has sought to fight the city's plans to close dozens of public schools with falling enrollment. Hundreds of teachers and community supporters took to the streets last month in protest of the closures, which Lewis says are a way for the city to shift money into non-unionized charter schools. Emanuel seeks to open 60 charter schools over the next four years, 14 next fall.
The city later announced a five-year moratorium on shuttering schools after the current plan is completed 2013. But the video's release shows that the union doesn't think that's enough. CTU also plans to distribute a Fat Cat coloring book.
Those on the other side aren't amused.
"To be lectured by a leader of a failed union who protects a failed school system would be laughable if it were not so sad," Rauner, the charter school advocate, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "These union leaders are a joke, just not a funny one."
Becky Carroll, chief communications officer for Chicago Public Schools, told NBC Chicago that "mean-spirited tactics" are steps backwards in reforming and improving education for the city's children.
"These attacks do a disservice to our students and their families as it distracts the public conversation away from the very serious problems in our school communities today," Carroll said. "It's time for these attacks to stop and time to start talking about how we can work collaboratively to address $1 billion deficit facing CPS next year and the work that must be done to right-size our District so we can better invest our limited resources in all our children."
It's really bad when the Huffington Post criticizes Rahm. Almost 100 schools in the district under 50% utilized, and the Teachers union fights to keep them open "for the children". Its about union members keeping their jobs in a failing school system.
'Becky Carroll, chief communications officer for Chicago Public Schools, told NBC Chicago that "mean-spirited tactics" are steps backwards in reforming and improving education for the city's children.'

Now just how do you think Ms. Carroll would improve education?

Do you think it might be to pay the teachers in the 2nd highest paid school district in the nation some more money?

Or do you think she might be talking about weeding out the bad apples, slimming down the administrative and curriculum advisory staff and then putting those dollars into new text books for the children? Nah, that will never happen.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#5 Dec 21, 2012
New text books in the information age ?? LMAOROTFU~! You're a HOOT/COOT... A Corvair in EVERY BACKYARD ~!
40for60

Hibbing, MN

#6 Dec 22, 2012
I'm sure the slewage and his ilk can afford laptops for all school age kids on his Govt. pension.
Oops, slewage isn't going to pay for it, he wants everyone else to pay for it.
How long do you think a laptop will last in 'Da Hood?'
A laptop has value, according to slewage, a book does not. In his case, never has......
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#7 Dec 22, 2012
WOW !?? You read laptop somewhere ?? Poor putz, try a Kindle or notepad... In my case, I don't have to make up crap to have a point or "work" 2 part time "jobs"... LMAOROTFU~!
40for60

Hibbing, MN

#8 Dec 22, 2012
A kindle or notepad would last as long as a 'laptop' in 'Da Hood'.
Posting on Topix morning and night does not qualify for as two different 'part time jobs'.
Lawton

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Dec 22, 2012
Rahm is rumored to be switching to be a Republican, going forward.
Samuel

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Dec 22, 2012
Lawton wrote:
Rahm is rumored to be switching to be a Republican, going forward.
By rumored I assume you mean a wingnut chain email, your source of choice. You've got your finger on the pulse alright but it's the pulse between your legs.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#11 Dec 22, 2012
40for60 wrote:
A kindle or notepad would last as long as a 'laptop' in 'Da Hood'.
Posting on Topix morning and night does not qualify for as two different 'part time jobs'.
Except this is DA SCHOOL, not outside it, dumm*ss ~~!
Lawton

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Dec 23, 2012
Rahm has learned you don't cross a Union o under the bus ya go.

Obama figured it out and keeps feeding the Union shops, more BILLIONS on the way to GM.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#13 Dec 24, 2012
Lawton wrote:
Rahm has learned you don't cross a Union o under the bus ya go.
Obama figured it out and keeps feeding the Union shops, more BILLIONS on the way to GM.
We have a BINGO! Obama will never cross those that bought the office of the Presidency for him.

Rahm has a problem, his heart tells him to stay true to the unions, but his brain tells him the City of Chicago will go broke in 18 months if he does not buck the unions. If the City goes under while Rahm is Mayor, that will be Rahm's legacy, not the union's.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#14 Dec 24, 2012
No problem, it's supply and demand... Teachers are in demand, so they cost MONEY ! Poor TrashyLiar, so dumb IT HERTZ ~! LMAOROTFU~!
40for60

Hibbing, MN

#15 Dec 24, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
<quoted text>Except this is DA SCHOOL, not outside it, dumm*ss ~~!
I understand this is where you garnered all your education and communication skills(sic), but some of us actually studied school books and it shows. I can pick out an internet educated twit from a few hundred blogs away. Sit at our feet and see how real people interact with each other.
We'll summon you when needed.

Oh, and Merry Christmas
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#16 Dec 24, 2012
40for60 wrote:
<quoted text>
I understand this is where you garnered all your education and communication skills(sic), but some of us actually studied school books and it shows. I can pick out an internet educated twit from a few hundred blogs away. Sit at our feet and see how real people interact with each other.
We'll summon you when needed.
Oh, and Merry Christmas
You understand little and you've proven it.... I like how the point changes, when you lose it. Too bad you "think" you're smart. You quit learning and it shows.
40for60

Hibbing, MN

#17 Dec 24, 2012
Amused Slew wrote:
<quoted text>You understand little and you've proven it.... I like how the point changes, when you lose it. Too bad you "think" you're smart. You quit learning and it shows.
Seldom do you argue points, you're mostly too busy working on your people skills.
LOL
More NRA Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Dec 24, 2012
40for60 wrote:
<quoted text>
I understand this is where you garnered all your education and communication skills(sic), but some of us actually studied school books and it shows. I can pick out an internet educated twit from a few hundred blogs away. Sit at our feet and see how real people interact with each other.
We'll summon you when needed.
Oh, and Merry Christmas
Nice example of Christian compassion.

“The one and only Smart Liberal”

Since: Aug 12

Former MN Tax Payer

#19 Dec 24, 2012
More NRA Carnage wrote:
<quoted text>
Nice example of Christian compassion.
Hey Bob, if someone came on here and used an argument based on religion, you would skewer them in a New York minute.

Now you come with that asinine statement above.

You are nothing more than a f---ing hypocite. And yeah, I did say that on Christmas Eve.
More NRA Carnage

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Dec 24, 2012
Today’s nearly indescribable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, where twenty-seven people, including eighteen children, were shot to death inside an elementary school, is at least the sixteenth mass shooting to take place in America this year. The death toll is now at eighty-four.

Here is a list of every fatal mass shooting that’s taken place since January 1—defined as multi-victim shootings where those killed were chosen indiscriminately. The tragedies took place at perfectly random places—at churches, movie theatres, soccer tournaments, spas, courthouses and, now, an elementary school. But given the frequency of these awful events, perhaps in the long view their occurrence isn’t so random after all—it’s predictable.

February 22, 2012—Five people were killed in at a Korean health spa in Norcross, Georgia, when a man opened fire inside the facility in an act suspected to be related to domestic violence.

February 26, 2012—Multiple gunmen began firing into a nightclub crown in Jackson, Tennessee, killing one person and injuring 20 others.

February 27, 2012—Three students at Chardon High School in rural Ohio were killed when a classmate opened fire.

March 8, 2012—Two people were killed and seven wounded at a psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when a gunman entered the hospital with two semiautomatic handguns and began firing.

March 31, 2012—A gunman opened fire on a crowd of mourners at a North Miami, Florida, funeral home, killing two people and injuring 12 others.

April 2, 2012—A 43-year-old former student at Oikos University in Oakland, California, walked into his former school and killed seven people,“execution-style.” Three people were wounded.

April 6, 2012—Two men went on a deadly shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting black men at random in an apparently racially motivated attack. Three men died and two were wounded.

May 29, 2012—A man in Seattle, Washington, opened fire in a coffee shop and killed five people and then himself.

July 9, 2012—At a soccer tournament in Wilmington, Delaware, three people were killed, including a 16-year-old player and the event organizer, when multiple gunmen began firing shots, apparently targeting the organizer.

July 20, 2012—James Holmes enters a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises and opens fire with a semi-automatic weapon; twelve people are killed and fifty-eight are wounded.

August 5, 2012—A white supremacist and former Army veteran shot six people to death inside a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before killing himself.

August 14, 2012—Three people were killed at Texas A&M University when a 35-year-old man went on a shooting rampage; one of the dead was a police officer.

September 27, 2012—A 36-year-old man who had just been laid off from Accent Signage Systems in Minneapolis, Minnesota, entered his former workplace and shot five people to death, and wounded three others before killing himself.

October 21, 2012—45-year-old Radcliffe Frankin Haughton shot three women to death, including his wife, Zina Haughton, and injured four others at a spa in Brookfield, Wisconsin, before killing himself.

December 11, 2012—A 22-year-old began shooting at random at a mall near Portland, Oregon, killing two people and then himself.

December 14, 2012—One man, and possibly more, murders a reported twenty-six people at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, including twenty children, before killing himself.

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