CPS doesn't want to have its citizens of Chicago focusing on the real issue at hand...
With one hand, the Chicago Board of Education had NO PROBLEM rescinding a contractual 4% raise for its school teachers while wanting teachers to work more days with no extra pay (because we all have to sacrifice).
While with the other hand, the same Chicago Board of Education voted for their top executives to get substantial raises (one of which was an increase of over $40,000). The same mayor who believes teachers should do more for less, stated that these executives will have more responsibilities and therefore agreed that they deserve more pay.
While that is the real issue at hand, yesterday the new CEO stated that he'd like to see more school days added to the calendar and see teachers make house calls to the students and parents. That would be one more hat the teachers have to wear.
We already have the following:
The"chef" hat insuring students get breakfast and lunch at school,
the "nurse" hat since this coming year we will be expected to administer the Epi-pen if students have an allergic reaction to something (for example, the food that they're getting),
the "doctor" hat when expected to make recommendations about students who need eyeglasses,
the "babysitting" hat because they want the schools opened longer but not necessarily for learning during those hours,
the "teacher" hat (if you're lucky to wear that for part of the day),
and now the "social worker" hat being expected to make house calls.
To quote the news article, "Brizard, speaking at a news conference with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, suggested CPS teachers and staff should be assigned home visits in an attempt to get public school parents more involved in their children's education." How about those same parents coming to school for Parent-Teacher conferences, sitting down and making sure their children's homework is being done each night, making sure they are getting food and sleep and discipline when necessary. Those parents that do all those things don't need teachers to come to their home because they are already involved in their children's life. Those that don't need to start being parents first to their children and let the teachers do their job and EDUCATE them.
Now I think I'll go enjoy my hard-earned non-paid summer vacation!
Click the link to read newspaper article in its entirety. Brizard: CPS Teachers Should Make Home Visits