Engaged Families and Communities

Cafeteria Workers the Latest Victims of Turnaround Model

By Kevin Hart

Should cafeteria workers be held responsible when students fail to meet academic standards? Believe it or not, that is exactly what is happening in several Chicago schools, were dozens of cafeteria workers are being fired by schools implementing the “turnaround” model as part of the federal School Improvement Grants process.

Schools receiving SIG funds must choose between one of four school improvement models. The turnaround model requires the firing of half the staff, and several Chicago schools have put cafeteria workers on that list, according to a recent report from radio station WBEZ.

The cafeteria workers say they have received excellent evaluations and are good at their jobs — so why , as food servers, are they being held responsible for their schools’ academic performance?

But it’s happening, and many of these workers are likely headed to the unemployment line. To read the full story, click here.

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