Friday, December 26, 2014

Why is CPS going after pregnant teachers? Interferes with testing.

Maybe AG Holder was in Chicago for more than just a Rahm photo-op.
The lawsuit also alleges that [Scammon Principal Mary] Weaver asked a teacher who was nursing, "When will you be done with that?" and told a teacher who announced she was pregnant, "I can't believe you are doing this to me. You are going to be out right before (mandatory) testing!"
No, it's not just one principal. Byrd-Bennett and the district leadership are fighting a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit.

The Tribune reports:
Weaver subjected pregnant teachers "to disparate treatment with regard to performance evaluation ratings" and other matters, and "there existed a regular, purposeful, and less-favorable treatment of teachers because of their sex (pregnancies)," according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
CPS issued a statement, saying it "will not tolerate the kind of discrimination or retaliation that is alleged to have taken place at Scammon Elementary" but also that it intends to defend itself against the suit. 
Rahm and Weaver
Weaver was awarded a bonus last year under a principal quality award program that's supported by $5 million from the city's philanthropic community.

But the CTU wants her put on administrative leave during the Justice Dept. investigation. V.P. Sharkey says, it's not just the harassment of pregnant teachers, but the "the incredibly toxic internal environment of fear" she's created at Scammon Elementary.

"No woman should have to make a choice between her job and having a family," Vanita Gupta, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, said in a statement.

So maybe Eric Holder was doing something in Chicago besides a photo-op with Rahm.

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