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I hope you had a good rest.
You may have noticed a few changes since you left for vacation.
For starters, your schools may be among those closing.
Don't be alarmed! It's all part of Mayor Emanuel's reform plan to save public education by destroying it.
A few things you should know . . .
If your school's one of the 54 on the list of those the mayor wants to close, you'll get to reapply for your job. A recommendation from your alderman might come in handy.
If your school's one of the "welcoming schools" into which a closed school is being consolidated, you also may have to reapply for your old job.
So I wasn't kidding when I mentioned the importance of aldermanic recommendations.
Also, your school may be one of the six that Mayor Emanuel is "turning around."
That's where the mayor puts your school under the command of the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a private teacher-training contractor.
AUSL's former board chairman is David Vitale, whom Emanuel appointed president of the board of education.
AUSL's former managing director is Tim Cawley, whom Emanuel hired as the chief operating officer at CPS.
If AUSL is turning around your school, you also get to reapply for your job.
In which case, a recommendation from Cawley and Vitale might not be a bad idea. Or better yet, get one from Mayor Emanuel. Hey, it worked wonders for Cawley and Vitale.
Also, your school might have been converted to the International Baccalaureate program. The IB program's this highly specialized curriculum designed by educators in Geneva, Switzerland.
If your school is being changed into an IB school, there's a real good chance you'll get to reapply for your job.
In which case, a recommendation from William Tell might not hurt.
This isn't exactly like the mayor's water-call center "reform," where he outsourced decent-paying city jobs to a company based in Japan. Though it just goes to show you that the mayor will go to the ends of the earth, if it means getting rid of good jobs.
Bottom line . . .
Any way you look at it, the mayor's making hundreds and hundreds of you reapply for your jobs. It's all part of his plan to woo the best and brightest teachers to come teach in Chicago so they can get fired.
Oh, I almost forgot . . .
There's also a chance that part of your school building will have been turned over to a charter school.
Charter schools are privately run schools that receive public money without lots of strings attached.
As such, charters are pretty much free to fire teachers whenever they want and to pay them like they're low-skilled workers.
This is part two of the mayor's aforementioned woo-the-best-and-the-brightest initiative—in this case, by treating teachers like they're fast-food workers.
Of course, most fast-food workers don't have huge college loans to repay. So maybe they're better off than teachers.
It's something you might want to discuss in the teacher's lounge.
Looking on the bright side . . .
At least you're not a therapist—or patient—at one of the six city mental health clinics that the mayor closed.
It just goes to show you—in Mayor Emanuel's Chicago, things can always be worse.