OPRF teachers, in solidarity with CTU, donate food, money

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

As the Chicago Public Schools teachers' strike moves into its second week, the stomachs and wallets of city teachers get emptier and emptier. A labor strike is not unlike a siege. There are troops to feed and refresh. Spirits to raise.

Thankfully, reinforcements have come from far and wide, including Oak Park. This week, Sheila Hardin, the president of Oak Park and River Forest High School's Faculty Senate (the local union for District 200 teachers), confirmed that OPRF teachers have donated food to the Chicago Teachers Union. 

She said that OPRF teachers like English teacher Paul Noble were instrumental in organizing donations and dropping off food. 

Hardin added said the Faculty Senate also made a $500 donation and a short public statement supporting CTU that Oak Park teachers could post on social media. 

 Michael Romain 

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Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Tommy McCoy  

Posted: October 31st, 2019 5:24 PM

Bruce Kline thank you for that figure. It may be worth getting rid of expensive new ways of teaching students and take 10 students who could be taught by an independent teacher and still leave enough money to pay the rent. If the cost includes playing sports, then Park facilities and a coach might be a way to lower the costs on sports. I was taught some times in nothing more then a very small hut in the Military, and everyone seemed to learn each lesson very well and it saved a lot of tax money and at the time, it was all about making sure tax payers were getting their monies worth. Maybe it is time to try and think of a new way to increase education outcome and lower the tax burden. I do not think even an expensive consultant would be hired. I think there are still enough good thinking people in Oak Park and River Forest who may have even use to learn in hot classrooms and it did not hurt education

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 31st, 2019 3:27 PM

Tommy. You don't need Nick (although Nick is great with numbers) for that. The 2019 Illinois Report card makes that info public: $23,641.

Tommy McCoy  

Posted: October 31st, 2019 2:23 PM

Nick A Binotti You seem to be good at figuring out costs. Would you take the complete cost of the Oak Park and River Forest High School including all salaries, and divide that number by the number of students who attend the high school so then tax payers will know how much it is costing per student

Nick A Binotti  

Posted: October 31st, 2019 1:11 PM

Math Lesson: $500 is the amount CPS teachers contribute to their pensions on their first $25,000 of wages. Homework: Calculate how much you contribute to social security and your 401k on your first $25,000 of wages.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 31st, 2019 12:31 PM

Oh, OK. I apologize. I'll stand down.

Kevin Peppard  

Posted: October 31st, 2019 5:53 AM

NIck, Kitty & Bruce: Quit picking on Paul Noble. I did a good enough job of that myself, in my my riposte to his recent critique of my involvement in Oak Park affairs. Paul is into Social Justice causes at OPRFHS, and he works on that by teaching three sections of AP English, and two of Creative Writing, with the creme de la creme of students, highly motivated and college-bound. No unruly underclassmen there.To reward that selfless commitment, the D200 Board spiked his pension benefits, beyond what the contract called for. To use Paul's recent term "market-driven" compensation, that would not seem to apply here. But this is all among friends. Two members of that Board have substantial connections with teacher's unions. Ralph Martire's non-profit organization, which he runs, receives funding from such groups, and Gina Harris is a Director of of a teachers' union association. It's all one big happy family, so don't upset things, you meddlesome three. Shame on you.

Bruce Kline  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 2:41 PM

Kitty. Yep, one of the same.

Kitty Conklin from Oak Park  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 8:09 AM

Paul Noble? Is that the same Paul Noble who used this newspaper's pages just last week to insult an OP neighbor? And the same Paul Noble who is ripping off OP taxpayers as the recipient of a pension spiking scheme? Just want to be absolutely clear which Paul Noble she's praising.

Nick Polido  

Posted: October 30th, 2019 7:36 AM

Really, as 300,000 children sit at home while parents scramble every day during this strike to make ends meet our local teachers priorities is to feed these impoverished strikers. No surprise to see Mr. Noble associated with this effort, who is no stranger on how to game the system....oops sorry, this is for the children....

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