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Teacher deal could lead to property tax hikes, school closings, layoffs
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2012 | Fran Speilman, Chicago City Hall Reporter

Posted on 09/15/2012 2:12:50 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Four years of up-to-the-limit property tax increases for Chicago homeowners and businesses. Closing scores of under-enrolled and underperforming schools. Thousands of layoffs of teachers and other school staff. More cuts to the central office.

That’s what could await the Chicago Public Schools, thanks to the tentative agreement between teachers and the district that is expected to put an end to the five-day teachers strike.

Civic Federation President Laurence Msall said the 16 percent pay raise included in the tentative agreement will almost certainly trigger massive layoffs and scores of school closings.

Every 1 percent pay raise carries a $20 million price tag. That means the cost of the raises could be as high as $320 million over four years — although it could be less after retirements and cost-saving provisions of the agreement are factored in.

“By agreeing to raises in excess of the budget when you have no reserves, that pretty much guarantees that you have to reduce your personnel and the number of teachers and schools in the system,” Msall said.

“They will have to eliminate under-enrolled and underperforming schools. I don’t know where else you could get the money. We are very concerned that the district did not have a plan for how it could accommodate any salary increase above 2 percent and did not have a plan to address the major components of the $1 billion shortfall it projects for next years.”

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus, said the teachers union has been sounding the alarm about 100 school closings, but he’s “never heard that number from anybody from CPS” or the mayor’s office.

“Naturally, some of the schools will close [given] the percentage of population that is leaving Chicago,” Brookins said.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chicagoteachers; education; teacherstrike; union

1 posted on 09/15/2012 2:13:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Chicago teachers do the math, inflation by the fed’s pumping up QE3, is sure to cause staples to rise even more.

They are smart to get started trying to keep up. Gasoline will be $5.70 a gallon, and a Big Mack $3.75 and fries $2.00!

Average salary of gov worker is $175,000 a year for nothing.

Just teachers getting their share of the funny money.

2 posted on 09/15/2012 2:21:11 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Naturally, some of the schools will close [given] the percentage of population that is leaving Chicago,”

de ja vu..........Detroit


3 posted on 09/15/2012 2:22:23 AM PDT by Einherjar ( Asking only workman's wages I come looking for a job But I get no offers...Just a come-on from the)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It's for the children labor union greedheads.
4 posted on 09/15/2012 3:17:21 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Einherjar

Same happened here in NJ; our taxes were so bad that companies (and many of the Americans working at them) left, and the voters elected a tax-cutting, pro-life Republican. That’s how bad it is in NJ...


5 posted on 09/15/2012 3:27:41 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Cancerous rats killing cities across America


6 posted on 09/15/2012 3:32:40 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

>> Average salary of gov worker is $175,000 a year for nothing.

Ha? Do you mean $75k?


7 posted on 09/15/2012 3:39:22 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: ronnie raygun


8 posted on 09/15/2012 3:39:22 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They struck for 5 days and ended up taking the 16% that was originally offered to them. The system should have reduced the offer by 5% for each day the strike was going on till they were getting pay cuts instead of raises. That the way to deal with a union. Let them go somewhere else to work if the don’t like working for $71k year.


9 posted on 09/15/2012 3:43:37 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (We are Dan Cathy, Ted Cruz, and Scott Walker, and Paul Ryan, we are walking tall this year.)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

Um.. You want them to math? Not happening. But they got what they wanted so why would they care? They don’t care if it’s funny money or any other kind, they got it by doing absolutely nothing so they can continue to do the same. Getting paid to do effectually nothing. Forty seven percent of America is doing the same. You have to hand it to the communists/ socialists, the numbers are against us.


10 posted on 09/15/2012 4:13:53 AM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia. 2016 starts today! Walker, Issa, Rubio,)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

“Gasoline will be $5.70 a gallon, and a Big Mack $3.75 and fries $2.00!”

Don’t look now, but I think a big mac is already more than that in some places.

Yesterday, quarter pounder with cheese, fish sandwich, and a small coke...$9.78


11 posted on 09/15/2012 4:25:43 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

You have it right. Wages lag general inflation. The current lag is exacerbated by unemployment. However, the increases are sure to come across the economy. The teachers had their window of opportunity and took advantage of it.

The increase is about 4% per year. We will be fortunate if the inflation (devaluation) rate is a mere 4% over the next 4 years. We will be getting a COLA SS notification in the coming weeks. I wonder if it will be near 4%


12 posted on 09/15/2012 4:40:56 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

Can anyone post a copy of the Chicago teachers pay scale? That would be interesting to see.


13 posted on 09/15/2012 5:14:35 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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To: chainsaw

I sure don’t worry about this. A poll the other day showed a majority of Chicago residents in favor of the Teachers Union. If they want to have their taxes go up, have at it!


14 posted on 09/15/2012 5:58:13 AM PDT by radioone ( Main Stream Media. The Government built that.)
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter

We all work to support our Public Union Teachers. We need a reva O lution


15 posted on 09/15/2012 6:02:54 AM PDT by reefdiver (zer0 One and Done)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
So...the gov’t folded? Higher wages for some and NO JOBS for others. Eventually, Chicago might have one teacher with a GREAT income!!! Who cares that the purpose of teachers (teaching all students) won't be satisfied—one lucky teacher will have won the lottery of strikes.
16 posted on 09/15/2012 6:03:13 AM PDT by bannie ("The gov't that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.")
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To: urbanpovertylawcenter
Just teachers getting their share of the funny money.

Bullsh$t. They are part of the problem -- a big part.

17 posted on 09/15/2012 6:26:10 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Close all the schools and fire all the teachers. Let the feral masses of inner city Chicago sack the place. The feral masses can vent their rage on the CTU members (unless that CTU member is pillaging da ‘hood).
18 posted on 09/15/2012 9:41:40 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: bert

RE SS cola for 2013, I looked it up today online and it is “estimated” to be 1.3% but the actual percentage will not be out until October.

But how much of that COLA would be offset by increases in the Medicare premiums? I’ll be lucky to net out $10 a month. That’s why I’m still working at 72.


19 posted on 09/15/2012 9:55:08 AM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: wayoverthehill

Well that’s interesting.

I’m still working some and so is my wife but we both enjoy being in harness at 70.


20 posted on 09/15/2012 10:12:00 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“Naturally, some of the schools will close [given] the percentage of population that is leaving Chicago,” Brookins said.

Golly, why is that? Maybe they can get some Hollywood liberals to move in. They all seem to want their taxes raised.

21 posted on 09/15/2012 10:35:29 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This is how Detroit became Detroit.


22 posted on 09/15/2012 10:41:02 AM PDT by Lancey Howard (h/t SaraJohnson)
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To: rightly_dividing

They might as well go somewhere else. They sure don’t teach.


23 posted on 09/15/2012 11:35:18 AM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: bert

I’m permanent part time for the county tax-assessor’s office. 25 hours a week. Still leaves time for shopping and dr. appointments. I like it though - keeps my mind sharp.


24 posted on 09/15/2012 11:11:21 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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