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Chicago sued for alleged
discrimination against black teachers

Reuters, by James B. Kelleher

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 12/27/2012 10:28:00 PM

CHICAGO - The Chicago Teachers Union has sued the nation´s third largest school district, saying Mayor Rahm Emanuel´s campaign to reform or close underperforming public schools discriminates against African-American teachers and staff. The federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and announced on Thursday is the latest battle with the city since teachers staged a week-long strike in September. It alleges that more than half of the tenured teachers fired in the most recent round of school closings and turnarounds were African American. But blacks make up less than 30 percent of the tenured teaching

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Article says many schools are operating half empty.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 12/27/2012 10:38:27 PM     (No. 9086807)

Here´s a big surprise. Getting rid of semi-literate teachers affects blacks disproportionately, so lets keep them in the classroom. More evidence of self-inflicted societal injury.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 12/27/2012 10:43:59 PM     (No. 9086814)

here´s your crisis Rahm, don´t let it go to waste!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mikeman, 12/27/2012 11:22:49 PM     (No. 9086863)

Chicago´s future is only slightly better than Detroit´s.

And Detroit´s doesn´t look much better than East St. Louis.

Its hardly a revelation that welfare dependency leads to crime, illiterate high school kids, overpaid union teachers and democrat politicians.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jl80863, 12/28/2012 12:17:27 AM     (No. 9086916)

People of perpetual victimhood.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/28/2012 4:20:09 AM     (No. 9086983)

Perfect! Hahahaha!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: provide, 12/28/2012 5:17:09 AM     (No. 9087004)

Oh darn! Chicago will have to levy another hotel room tax to pay these teachers.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Doodah, 12/28/2012 7:36:09 AM     (No. 9087083)

Holding black teachers accountable? Rahn, say it isn´t so! Been happening to others way before now. Maybe some people of color are no longer excluded from accountability!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/28/2012 7:48:44 AM     (No. 9087100)

Closing under performing schools discriminates against black teachers?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/28/2012 7:50:15 AM     (No. 9087103)

Being held accountable is the byotch blacks always thought it would be.

Tsk, tsk.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: strike3, 12/28/2012 8:03:05 AM     (No. 9087125)

They got it all wrong. Chicago needs to start firing white teachers until the numbers match.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/28/2012 9:03:55 AM     (No. 9087216)

Rahm Emanuel has pull strings and operated in the political shadows for most of his career. Even in Congress he avoided the heat. I am wondering how he is finding life now that he is in charge of the reality parade that is Chicago politics? Not so easy is it Mayor?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: KingBubo, 12/28/2012 9:51:28 AM     (No. 9087301)

It is not necessarily the teachers, but the homes where these kids come from for the most part.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: saguni, 12/28/2012 10:55:10 AM     (No. 9087430)

FTA: It alleges that more than half of the tenured teachers fired in the most recent round of school closings and turnarounds were African American.

This reminds me of the problems wymen created a few decades ago, when they complained that they were prevented from reaching the higher levels of management. When actual hours worked, it was discovered that many of the wymen took off a couple of years to "bond with their baby" then when they returned to work, they worked fewer overtime hours. The men who were promoted had been working many overtime hours continuously, with no baby leaves.

I´m not real certain how "tenure" works, but does longevity accrue in addition to tenure?? Could it be that the minority "tenured" teachers had less seniority, or more often/longer leave periods??

The article does not state the percentage of white teachers who were tenured/not tenured nor compared that figure to the same for black teachers. How did the firings affect the percentages of the teachers still employed?? Hopefully, these issues will be clarified in the court filings.

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