Not buying the Pritzker library union bashing story
Pritzker School Loses Librarian And Union Blocks Parents From Helping Out -- DNAinfo headline
From the headline, one might think that Pritzker school librarian was lost, maybe wandering the library archives somewhere or buried under a pile of books. One might also think that the CTU, weapons in hand, were somehow fighting off parent volunteers who wanted to help out in the school. Both assumptions would be wrong.
The story gained national attention after Pritzker parent, Michael Hendershot, who is also lawyer (I'm guessing with little time to work pro-bono in the school library), wrote an angry, and a little more ideological op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal with the headline: The Library Lockout at Our Elementary School.
Actually, the school's newly-hired librarian wasn't lost. Like hundreds of other Chicago teachers and educational professionals and para-professionals, she was fired after the 20th day of school because Pritzker's enrollment was lower than projected. In a city that was once the center of the national small-schools movement, schools are now being punished, closed or consolidated for being small. In 2012, the Mayor and his criminal sidekick, CEO Byrd-Bennett, closed 50 neighborhood schools, nearly all in the black community, for "underutilization".
The state's schools have been operating without a school budget for the past two years. Gov. Rauner has been holding the budget hostage, hoping to leverage his signature for a pound of flesh, meaning a cut in retiree's pensions, the elimination of teacher collective-bargaining rights, and more privatization of school services.
There are currently hundreds of Chicago public schools operating without properly-staffed Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Not buying the Pritzker library union bashing story: