Thursday Letters: Not “everybody” happy with new teachers’ deal

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Children went to school as normal Tuesday after the Chicago Teachers Union tentatively agreed to a new contract. But the mother of a child who attends a charter school writes that limiting new charter and selective-enrollment schools would be a mistake. | Stefano Esposito/Sun-Times

I didn’t see any reporters hanging around my child’s school in Englewood (or another community) Tuesday morning. If they had been there, they may have discovered something that I know first-hand. Contrary to what a North Side parent wrote in a Sun-Times story Tuesday, not “everybody” is happy with the deal that the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education just made. Back to normal might work for certain families in certain neighborhoods, but when normal is a tough environment without enough resources where kids don’t really learn, normal is nothing to be happy about.

I’m glad that the families the Sun-Times reporters talked to on Tuesday have such a positive expectation for their schools. But I live in the “other” Chicago — the one where poor and working-class black parents send their children to the same schools that failed them in the past. Many of us managed to pull ourselves up from the rubble. But, many of our peers did not.

One glimmer of hope I see in my community is the potential to grow schools of choice that are designed with my community in mind. Charter schools and other schools of choice can help close the gap between the two Chicagos. My child’s charter school has certainly done it for her. So when the district cuts a side deal with the union to take that option off the table for other parents, it doesn’t make me “happy.”

School is in, and everyone is “relieved” about that. But, not everyone is “happy.”

LaShanda Howard, Woodlawn,  is the parent of three children. The children attend a charter school, district-run school, and selective enrollment school.

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End “bubble zone” outside abortion clinics

This is a response to an opinion piece in Wednesday’s Sun-Times about the Planned Parenthood “bubble” that keeps protestors at a distance. I’m against it and it should be overturned. The pro-lifers there are legally protesting like any other group that protests — and those other groups are not restricted by a bubble zone. Why Is this?

Other protesters and groups can block streets, sidewalks and other locations and harass people. How about when violent protesters stand one foot from police officers and yell obscenities and threats at them? Where’s the bubble zone? When I protest the Planned Parenthood in Aurora, there is no bubble zone. Why? It would be illegal. I and other pro-lifers will continue to fight to end the bubble zone ordinance.

John Moravecek, Naperville

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