theodp writes: 'Now that the strike is over and teachers are back in school,' writes Ben Joravsky in the Chicago Reader, 'it's a good time to visit the story of David Corral, the UNO charter school teacher summarily fired after he notified officials of a 'mock rape' in the boys' locker room.' A favorite of City Hall and recipient of a $98 million state grant, UNO is headed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ally Juan Rangel. School officials reportedly praised Corral at first for reporting a potential incident of sexual abuse to the police (would that Penn State administrators had done the same), but within several days flip-flopped and told gym teacher Corral he was being terminated for lax supervision of the locker rooms. For his part, Corral believes he was used as a 'scapegoat' to send a message to the staff. 'I believe Rangel fired me because the police came to school and took those kids in handcuffs,' says Corral. 'That was an embarrassment-someone had to pay.' As a nonunion, at-will employee, Corral's contract stipulated that he could be fired 'at any time for any legal reason or for no reason, with or without prior notice.' Joravsky concludes: 'As he hands out more contracts to nonunion charters, Mayor Emanuel also vows to replace 'bad' teachers with 'good' ones. Let's hope he knows which one's which.'
How many surrealists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
One to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with brightly colored