Skip to comments.Chicago Teachers Union Demands Schools Close Monday Due To Weather
Posted on 01/05/2014 1:54:20 PM PST by matt04
The Chicago Teachers Union is demanding that CPS close all schools due to the extreme cold that is forecast for Monday.
Right now, CPS and the City of Chicagos Office of Emergency Management are sending confusing and mixed messages to the public about what to do, said CTU President Karen GJ Lewis in a press release. We believe common sense would dictate that CPS should close schools with at least 10 inches of snow already on the ground and a record-breaking low temperature of -10 degrees forecast for Monday.
Schools throughout the Chicago area have announced school closings for Monday, including Northwestern, DePaul and the University of Chicago. CTU says CPS should close Monday too.
We expect nothing less when it comes to paying attention to the well-being of the children and teachers we serve, Lewis said. In light of the forecast, sending children to school in such dangerous weather conditions shouldnt even be an option for parents.
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Is it supposed to get warmer Tuesday in Chicago ?
What the point then...wooly up and get ta skol chillins !
The schools should be closed. It would be ridiculous to send small children out (or even older children) with what we are facing here in Chicagoland, weather-wise on Monday. You won’t catch me going out, as I am older and not an idiot.
I live in Richmond, VA. Just the threat of snow closes the schools! Then, everybody buys bread and milk. (only a small exaggeration)
I guess asking politely is out of the question for a union?
I’d like Chicago schools closed - permanently - because the teachers are IN that foul union.
One of modern life's funniest rituals ! d:^)
We're talking a lot of kids from "deprived" neighborhoods, where people don't have an ounce of common sense and need the government to come along and wipe their noses for them.
Its probably best to not have classes.
But should still have schools open, in case some don't get the word, or need a warm place to go.
We just received an e-mail and a telephone call from the Naperville School District (203) that the District 203 schools would be closed on Monday, January 7, 2013. But then, it gets colder out here than by the lake.
I suspect the schools would be closing anyway. The union is just grabbing a headline.
In the Lehigh Valley (PA), they’d sometimes close schools because of extreme cold and snow and the ski resorts nearby would be standing room only. What a joke!
You are correct.
We must remember the DEMOcratic DEMOgraphic of Chicago.
404,000 kids....with mostly idiots for parents.
Bunch of wimps, when I went to grade school in Arlington
Heights we walked all the time, sometimes the snow
would be piled up on either side of the side walk to
where it looked like walking down a white hall way.
I remember having our Halloween parade around the play
ground in snow 3” deep.
Course things were different in “those” days.
Why not? Kids will miss nothing worthwhile. Only BS is on the current agenda.
Then, everybody buys bread and milk.
One of modern life’s funniest rituals ! d:^)
Before cell phone cameras, a sign at the women’s restroom entrance at our Wal-Mart read “Closed due to plumming.” Thank God watermelons weren’t in season.
It’s okay for the commie ‘RATS to demand a “shutdown”. Let the Republicans try it and their *** is grass.
Taking credit for the obvious. They should be in favor of keeping the schools open - global warming and all.
Three inches of snow for Halloween?
I'm about the same way, cc .. we're s'posed to get ice tonight, and the day's most taxing chore was gettin' some melt spread on the drive in anticipation.
Took about 10 minutes (long driveway) .. lol .. currently comfy w/little heater under the desk, watchin' these idiots doing their team a disservice, playing w/o sleeves when it's 0°.
NO WAY that allows optimal performance, imho, and that's from an ex-ballplayer.
Yep. back in the 50s. Ancient history.
That’s exactly what irrelevant Dayton did here in Minnesota too. There isn’t a school in the state that would have been open tomorrow with -60 to -70 windchills forecast. But he had to play “Governor” for a minute and issue a proclamation for the safety of the children. Bafoon.
Pretty common to have some snow at Halloween where I’m at, just surprised at further south.
I can’t say we had it then every year, I just remember
wearing my costume with the other kids and traipsing
in the snow at least once.
The "high" temperature for Tuesday ranges from -4 to 0 degrees, depending on which weather forecaster you watch.
I live 35 miles SW of Chicago -- schools out here and most of the Chicago Suburbs already announced closings via emails to parents and phone trees.
Why Chicago Public Schools insist on staying open isn't really a mystery -- they NEED the federal matching funds. They don't get them if the kids aren't in school.
Also, many Chicago Public School kids WALK or take Public Transportation to school. If I were the parent of a Chicago public school kid, there's just no way I'd subject my children to the weather elements to get to school that day.
It's just not worth the risk to their safety (getting shot at, public transportation breaking down and stranding them) or their health (getting sick.)
That’s still good times heh. Hope we don’t keep cooling too much or our food is going to get far more expensive.
Fortunately I mostly work right here at home but I’ll probably wander down to the post office in the morning to hear the old timers gossip and take a few pics of town.
This is a different time and it's Chicago with the high murder rate, kids getting shot at, yadda, yadda, yadda.
Im sure in -20 wind chill, right?
I walked to school in some rough weather here in Michigan. I would not let my kids out in this cold just to prove some point.
Back in 78 we were out of school for better than a week because of the big blizzard.
Therefore, your whole premise (and attempted swipe at teachers) is pure garbage.
I'm frankly glad I don't have to battle the -15 temperatures tomorrow getting to work and worrying if my global warming causing, gas guzzling SUV is going to start so I can get home at the end of the day.
And here I spent all day yesterday in my garage changing out the batteries (yes, plural) cleaning my fuel injection system and checking the fluids, belts and hoses.......
Not us, we missed one day and I remember it well. Mostly because I lived “too close” to the school to have school bus service (I lived 9/10th’s of a mile away) and I had to walk every day. Getting through that snow and down a road that did not have sidewalks next to it was a real bear.
A member of the indoctrinators union I presume.
Always good to do that anyway, it’s a long way to
spring. Do you have a block heater? My diesel has
one and it makes all the difference, just plug it
in at night and it cranks right up.
If they close the schools who will feed the children? </S>
We had a huge rural district with no more than a dozen or so students within a mile of the school.
In light of that, if they are telling the kids not to come in, it seems like they should just close for the teachers and other staff.
I'm worried about parking it all day (about 12 hours) in an open parking lot during the day subject to the cold, wind and snow and I'm worried it wouldn't start in the evening.
Doesn't matter now!
That’s lame! I would still be open selling toasted cheese sandwiches, drinks and fries. Hell all the profit is in the drinks and fries.
Its the governments responsibility to feed them AND its the governments job to make sure they stay safe and warm.
I don't think it's funny, I think it's pretty sad actually. Yes, it's true there are ALOT of parents of Chicago Public School kids who don't feed their kids -- the school's do it.
About 15 years ago when I worked for a large advertising agency in Chicago (Leo Burnett) we did alot of volunteer work, one year we spent a number of weekends rehabbing kitchens and pantries in Chicago Public Schools in some pretty poor neighborhoods. It was painfully obvious that were it not for the meals these kids got at school they'd probably go hungry. These schools fed these kids 365 days a year.
Not saying it's right, not saying I agree schools should feed the kids ... just saying what's happening.
And eggs. We call it French Toast day.
One of the things I love about Maine Governor Paul LePage:
He was the CEO of a well known and beloved company in Maine called Mardens. Mardens is the Maine place to go for salvage, closeouts, bargans. At least 12 stores in the state. Good business.
As Governor he found that the state office workers were going home early or not having work for any little snow spit up in Maine, and there are many. Meanwhile businesses throughout Maine opened, even on the tough days.
So he decreed that if Mardens is open, the state is open.
I love him.