‘Bloodbath?’ Huge Layoffs At Chicago Public Schools

The mayor of Chicago and the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers’ pension deadline.   WLS writes that teachers and parents plan to protest at City Hall.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came, writes ABC7 News in Chicago.

The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made.

Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs.

Supposedly very few teachers were laid off.

Funding for elementary sports teams was cut, and the facility maintenance budget was reduced 25 percent. Highs schools are starting 45 minutes later, writes ABC7. The mayor said schools will open on time in the fall and class sizes will not be affected.

“These cuts will hurt the most vulnerable students in the city of Chicago, who are the most vulnerable students in the state,” the Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union Jesse Sharkey said, according to ABC7 News.

(Updated report)

http://abc7chicago.com/politics/cps-teachers-parents-to-protest-1400-layoffs-$200m-in-cuts/823307/

CBS Denver: TSA Screeners At Denver Airport Manipulated System To Grope Passengers

Two TSA agents allegedly changed the screening system at the Denver International Airport in order to grope male passengers. The agency has since removed the two officers, Mashable confirmed.

“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

It happened roughly a dozen times, according to information gathered by CBS4 in Denver, Colorado.

According to law enforcement reports obtained during the CBS4 investigation, a male TSA screener told a female colleague in 2014 that he “gropes” male passengers who come through the screening area at Denver International Airport.

“He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.”

Although the TSA learned of the accusation on November 18th, 2014, from an anonymous tip from one of the agency’s own employees, reports show that nearly three months would pass before anything was done.

More here

Mother Files Lawsuit, Blames Son’s Employer For His Suicide

According to Yahoo Parenting, last July, a 22-year old committed suicide three days after he was fired without warning from the Pasadena Target where he worked.

His mother, Virginia Gentles, is calling for Target to take responsibility for a role in his death. In the wrongful death lawsuit Gentles filed against Target in L.A., she alleges that the company engaged in intentional infliction of emotional distress toward her son, who had Asperger’s Syndrome, negligence and false imprisonment as part of a company practice of subjecting employees to a “walk of shame” before they are fired.

“The walk of shame is a Target policy to purposely cause shame, embarrassment and emotional distress to any Target employee who is suspected of stealing from Target,” the suit, filed last Thursday, states, according to NBC Los Angeles.

She claims that her son was wrongfully accused of stealing.

”The policy consists of employees being arrested and paraded in handcuffs through the Target store in full view of co-workers and customers.”

The suit alleges that’s exactly what happened on July 15, 2014 to Gentles, who was released and not charged with any crime.

His mother alleges that the true reason for his firing was a verbal altercation Gentles had with another employee, off-site, months prior.

Secret Service Management Shakeup

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According to the Washington Post, the Secret Service is forcing out four of its most senior officials while two others are retiring following months of scandal.

It is the biggest management shake-up at the agency since its director resigned in October.

More:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/4-top-secret-service-executives-told-to-leave-their-posts-in-agency-shake-up/2015/01/14/a084b164-9c1f-11e4-96cc-e858eba91ced_story.html