Chicago teachers walk out, schools close

posted at 10:01 am on September 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Parents in Chicago had to scramble today as teachers walked out last night after weeks of contract negotiations, launching their first strike in 25 years.  Already the nation’s first- or second-best paid teachers among urban school districts, the union rejected an offer from the school board that would have increased their pay by 16% over four years:

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis announced late Sunday night that weekend talks had failed to resolve all the union’s issues.  “We have failed to reach an agreement that will prevent a labor strike,” she said. “No CTU members will be inside of our schools Monday.”

After an all-day negotiating session Sunday, school board President David Vitale told reporters the district had changed its proposal 20 times over the course of talks and didn’t have much more to offer.

“This is about as much as we can do,” Vitale said. “There is only so much money in the system.”

The district said it offered teachers a 16 percent pay raise over four years and a host of benefit proposals.

“This is not a small commitment we’re handing out at a time when our fiscal situation is really challenged,” Vitale said.

CBS correspondent Rebecca Jarvis notes the hardship that teachers in Chicago endure already (via Katie Pavlich):

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The strike does not affect charter schools — which is one of the reasons the CTU has taken such a hard line in negotiations.  However, the strike might end up backfiring on them:

Leslie Daniels enrolled her son in a Chicago charter school three years ago because she didn’t like the education he was getting in his local neighborhood school.

In the back of her mind, she also knew the school was less likely to be affected by labor problems because its teachers are not members of the Chicago Teachers Union. That’s an added benefit now that the union has called for its first walkout in 25 years. All of the city’s charter schools will remain open Monday.

“I’m glad I made the switch,” said Daniels, 55. “I feel for the other parents because a lot of them are working. What are their children going to be doing?” …

The Chicago Teachers Union has fought the growth of charter schools because the majority of teaching staffs are not members of unions and none belong to CTU. Union leaders argue that charters devalue the profession by paying their teachers less, and that public money is diverted from struggling neighborhood schools to support charters, even when charters don’t perform significantly better.

Charter operators said more parents have been asking about the schools in the last several weeks since union teachers first threatened to strike, and charter supporters are capitalizing.

Something tells me that rejecting an offer for a 16% increase over four years won’t exactly sit well with a public that has seen median household incomes decrease by more than 7% over the last four years on a national basis.  The CTU wants Chicago to weaken its teacher evaluation process and clamp down on charter school expansion, which they say threatens their job security.  However, as the numbers above show, it’s the parents/taxpayers that want an option outside the CTU stranglehold on education — and the CTU’s own delivery of education that threatens their standing.  Going on strike will only reinforce the perception of need on the part of parents to find alternatives to the union fiefdom of regular public education.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the CTU for its walkout, calling it “a strike of choice”:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the teachers strike is “not necessary” because the two sides were close.

“I believe this is avoidable because this is a strike of choice,” Emanuel said at a hastily called news conference at the Harold Washington Library Sunday night

Emanuel sought to cast the negotiations as hinging on two remaining issues: a new teacher evaluation system and principals’ ability to get rid of teachers. Chicago Teachers Union officials said there are more remaining issues than that, although they conceded the strike is not primarily about money.

The strike on Emanuel’s watch could cut against the narrative the mayor is trying to craft as a leader who’s a problem solver moving the city forward. It also could set the tone for his somewhat fractured relationship with labor, with his first major union contract negotiation ending in a strike.

Emanuel’s aggressive posture in pushing for a longer school day and year, while also cutting the pay raise teachers were supposed to get last year, galvanized the union. With negotiations being watched carefully on a national basis, the soured relationship may have led union leadership to strike as a way to take a stand against Emanuel’s tactics.

Well, maybe.  It’s also possible that Chicago parents will appreciate the surprise of a Democrat standing up to a union that has until recently been a key part of the Democratic stranglehold on Chicago and Illinois politics.  Don’t underestimate the anger of parents who look at the eye-popping raise rejected by the union for the already-well-paid rank and file, and don’t be surprised if that anger gets directed to the CTU.  Meanwhile, the CTU will keep maneuvering themselves out of jobs as those parents who can move their children into charter and private schools begin a massive shift away from CTU control.


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I was watching the union strikers and they were almost all women. I now know why Romney is not winning against women.

Wigglesworth on September 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

To quote Lorax – “That’s a WOMAN?!”

Archivarix on September 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

The only people to feel sorry for are the people of Chicago, they’re doing their best impersonation of Detroit.

Tater Salad on September 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

Here
Here

That is one angry woman…she needs to take the advice of some of her school nutritious experts…aren’t they one of the schools who was demanding better nutrition in the schools because the food was unhealthy and children overweight?

Honey, you need to be educated, before you educate.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Alinsky

The goal is to foment enough public discontent, moral confusion, and outright chaos to spark the social upheaval that Marx, Engels, and Lenin predicted

faraway on September 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Looks like these people could use a little exercise in the picket line.

Tater Salad on September 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I hope the mayor has the authority to hire
replacements. I know of many who would take the positions and
do a great job.

Amjean on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

The mayor is Rahm Emanuel, if you honestly think he is going to fire any teachers or take any punitive action against the CTA, then you should check yourself into a crack abuse program.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Karen Lewis is the head of the Union because she ate all of her opponents…

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Great timing!

monalisa on September 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The mayor is Rahm Emanuel, if you honestly think he is going to fire any teachers or take any punitive action against the CTA, then you should check yourself into a crack abuse program.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

He will buckle…no doubt…

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Wow, with a union president like that, let them strike.
She could use the exercise.

ORconservative on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.

HENRY FIELDING, Joseph Andrews

DAT60A3 on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Reading comment threads taxpayer are pissed off…some even wanting Gov. Walker to switch states to clean the mess up.

Bad news for Obama since this will seriously cramp Rahm’s fundraising

workingclass artist on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

To those mentioning what teacher’s look like in the strike photos, the one stipulation that the city wouldn’t budge on that teachers were demanding was….

Exemption from all present and future Michelle Obama diet restrictions.

;) /sarcasm

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Greedy hypocrites. Teachers will tell you they aren’t paid that much. They don’t seem to be aware what the rest of us our being paid. They will tell you they don’t have cushy jobs with lots of time off.

magicbeans on September 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Please don’t lump us all in with these clowns up in Chicago. I teach for a non-unionized, year-round private school. I make $23k a year. I do not get summers off. I work 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, with about 6 holidays off in the year, just like most of the rest of you.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Actually I’m pretty impressed with the union solidarity in Chitown. Here in NYC the UFT doesn’t even threaten strike because the prez,Mike Mulgrew knows he’d get less than half the staff to follow him. Part of that is sanctions. Doesn’t Illinois have sanctions for PEUs going on strike. In NY you lose 2 days pay for every day out, and for the union more importantly, you lose dues checkoff for two years.That’s why the so called conflict between the municipal unions and Bloomie is nothing more than Kabuki.

xkaydet65 on September 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The mayor is Rahm Emanuel, if you honestly think he is going to fire any teachers or take any punitive action against the CTA, then you should check yourself into a crack abuse program.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Surprise: Rahm actually might. Same was told about Cuomo, and he did. It’s not that Rahmbo expects any Republican opposition to the move, or to his own reelection.

Archivarix on September 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Free adversiting advertising for charter schools and school choice.

FIFY

olddog58 on September 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Look at the pic on Drudge. They’re all obese!

Bevan on September 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Great timing!

monalisa on September 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Indeed!

workingclass artist on September 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I see Utopia, and it ain’t in Chicago…../

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Now all the keeyids will have the time to go see them Olympics that are coming up in a few…..er, wait one sec….

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

16%! I haven’t had a total of 16% in the last 10 years combined!

sadatoni on September 10, 2012 at 10:48 AM

This teacher:

1. Hates strikes and would never participate in one
2. Hasn’t seen a raise in three years, not even a “cost of living” raise
3. Pays more for benefits every year
4. Weighs WELL under a hundred pounds fully dressed and wearing boots

I’m not complaining about numbers 2 and 3, by the way.

It’s my lunch hour. Back to work I go.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The mayor is Rahm Emanuel, if you honestly think he is going to fire any teachers or take any punitive action against the CTA, then you should check yourself into a crack abuse program.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

He will buckle…no doubt…

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Just as soon as his cut is negotiated.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Are these women not on board with Mrs. Obama’s federal dietary regulations??? What gives?

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

There’s no good guys in this fight, only victims: students, parents and classroom teachers and taxpayers pitted against each other so union leaders and City Hall can squabble over money that doesn’t exist.

MarkT on September 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I’m not sure I would put Chicago classroom teachers in the victim column here. They are at the very least enablers.

It was the classroom teachers who elected and support the union leaders, and a majority of the classroom teachers voted to strike.

MessesWithTexas on September 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

This is outrageous on the face of it but I bet that Tiny Dancer’s negotiating skills really didn’t help.

CorporatePiggy on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Karen Lewis believes she is able to dictate the negotiations, no compromises, at all. “We told them what we wanted.” It is like two jackasses pulling on a pair of jeans.

BTW Rahm and his family attended the Bruce Springsteen concert Friday night at Wrigley field. According to witnesses, he wasn’t too worried.

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Oh man…go look at Drudge’s main page photo of these people. I’m seeing a lot of angry “teachers” who don’t exactly look as if they’re being forced to skip meals for lack of money in their paycheck.

This is just a sign of bigger things to come in Bark’s America. If Chicago backs down in the face of a 16% (!) payraise, every other grifter public employee in the nation is going to start looking for their piece of the pie too.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

As you observed, it looks like some of those teachers have had enough pieces of pie …

Libraritarian on September 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

That is one angry woman…she needs to take the advice of some of her school nutritious experts…aren’t they one of the schools who was demanding better nutrition in the schools because the food was unhealthy and children overweight?

Honey, you need to be educated, before you educate.

right2bright on September 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

They demanded a waiver from that and didn’t get it, hence the strike.

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

How do they have money for thousands of matching shirts?

faraway on September 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Here in MN we are seeing the first few ads for maintaining and expanding the public teacher base, though they are a bit more subtle about it.

I will say that my district out here has the state’s best rated schools, but if the union were to make too much noise the public would drag them from their offices and kick them out of the district. You don’t mess with the 6th, we’re not the most armed district in MN for nothing.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Greedy hypocrites. Teachers will tell you they aren’t paid that much. They don’t seem to be aware what the rest of us our being paid. They will tell you they don’t have cushy jobs with lots of time off. Its always, the hours are longer than that because of correcting papers, or whatever it is they do. But my husband is an Engineer and he works more than a 40 hr week. He has to work weekends when necessary. They are divorced from reality.

We need to crush the teacher’s unions.

magicbeans on September 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

From your lips to God’s Rahm’s ears. I have several friends who are teachers, always the same gripe. Despite the fact that they make more than twice total compensation of what the average non-government wage or salary is where I live. Are teachers twice as important than anyone else? Two thirds the hours and twice the pay?

And the teachers want more and more and more and more and more.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 10:53 AM

That picture on Drudge is priceless.
Teaching is a demanding job and the women in that picture do not appear to have what it takes to perform the demanding job.
Charters and private schools are the winners here, and home school options (there are many).
I’ve been out of Detroit for a while but the last time I was there and the DPS teachers were in the news the president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers was being interviewed all over the place. She was not well spoken and it didn’t take an advanced degree to figure that out.
Detroit lost an incredible amount of students. I don’t know what their count is these days but this could end up being a disaster for the Chicago union.

ORconservative on September 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Don’t underestimate the anger of parents who look at the eye-popping raise rejected by the union for the already-well-paid rank and file, and don’t be surprised if that anger gets directed to the CTU.

I’d choose never to overestimate the IQ of Chitcago parents. After all, this is what they’ve voted for for 100 years running. Besides, being Chitcago residents, their anger will get properly channeled in the direction it belongs…Republicans.

MNHawk on September 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Bad news for Obama since this will seriously cramp Rahm’s fundraising

workingclass artist on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

No it won’t. They have priorities and fundraising is at the top.

shick on September 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I’m listening to an interview with a pinhead Chicago teacher complaining well, what if you were asked to do 20% more work for the same pay? Gee, idiot, think that hasn’t been happening in the private sector for the past several years? And it’s a lot more than a mere 20%.

stukinIL4now on September 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

BTW, the school buildings are open a half-day so children can get breakfast and lunch.

stukinIL4now on September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’d choose never to overestimate the IQ of Chitcago parents.

MNHawk on September 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Nominated for quote of the day.

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

There’s an awful lot of the parents who are less concerned about the education of their children than they are about losing babysitters and cafeterias for them. I understand that the food lines in the Chicago schools are still open twice a day.

dahni on September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Question: Who will be blamed for the first kid that gets shot and killed when they could have been in school if not for the strike? Rahm or the Teachers?

djl130 on September 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Why do I keep hearing “first strike in 25 years”? I guess we’re supposed to give them some kind of credit for that? NOT! Fire them all. There are unemployed teachers all over the fruited plains who would run to Chicago to make 76k.

Alabama Infidel on September 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The ONLY reason they didn’t strike for the last 25 years is that
their increasing demands were met. They threatened and noone stood up to them. They ran countless ads stating “its for the
children”. And the citizens fell for it.

No more (I hope).

Amjean on September 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Question: Who will be blamed for the first kid that gets shot and killed when they could have been in school if not for the strike? Rahm or the Teachers?

djl130 on September 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Bush or Romney.

VegasRick on September 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

That’s not exactly a flattering picture, eh?

Da Beasts.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on September 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

That is about 15 students per teacher, good gig if you can get it. The salary before benefits of $76K is probably 4 times the salary of the folks paying them. A 16% increase in 4 years or 4% per year, who gets that anymore and especially in this economy. I think they just do not realize how good they have it. If what you have is so bad, walk away and stay away, plenty more in line that will take what you have for a lot less and they will be more interested in teaching, rather than picketing. Why is it that you can walk out and go on strike? What is the schools are not happy with you, can they just lock you out and make demands of you. It all sounds like a one way hostage situation to me. I think we should handle it as a hostage situation, take em out. In all that is wrong with this nation, our schools and our economy, LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL.

j bo on September 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I am with the teachers on this one. I think they need a raise. That woman at the microphone is so poor (wait for it), she apparently has had to eat several of her students.

Bigurn on September 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I hope the mayor has the authority to hire
replacements. I know of many who would take the positions and
do a great job.

Amjean on September 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM
The mayor is Rahm Emanuel, if you honestly think he is going to fire any teachers or take any punitive action against the CTA, then you should check yourself into a crack abuse program.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The fact that he didn’t give into them aleady is quite astonishing.
He is mayor of the whole city, not mayor of the teacher unions.
If public sentiment is against the unions (and I think we are
beginning to see that)no telling what will happen.

Don’t forget “the chickens have come home to roost”; i.e. Chicago
and the state are out of money. Illinois is either #1 or #2
on the states in worst financial distress chart (with California
being the other).

If Rahm could kick the can he would no doubt. However, it may
not be an option this time around.

Amjean on September 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

This will be a carefully coreographed event. Obama jets in on AF1,with the Chicago Criminal Consortium (Axelrod, Jarrett) in tow, save the day give the teachers what they want, save the children etc.The Union will have to clean out their warchest for Obie for his campaign and everybody is happy except the suffering taxpayers of Illinios.After all it’s “for the children”.

jeffinsjvca on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

BTW Rahm and his family attended the Bruce Springsteen concert Friday night at Wrigley field. According to witnesses, he wasn’t too worried.

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I’ll bet Rahm isn’t worried at all. He has the mayor’s job for as long as he wants it.

There are mass shootings on the South Side every weekend, teachers on strike, a budget crisis that is pretty much terminal but…he knows he’s safe.

CorporatePiggy on September 10, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The fact that he didn’t give into them already

Amjean on September 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Only means he hasn’t negotiated his kickback to his satisfaction yet.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’ve never wanted to slap a face more than I do the fat woman on the cover photo.

Hucklebuck on September 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

OT: Dont play with your gun, or you might shoot your own gun off

faraway on September 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Wow. He left the gun loaded while he was cleaning it? Really?!?!

MobileVideoEngineer on September 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Free adversiting for charter schools and school choice.

Ed, spell check? Or am I missing the joke on this one?

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Free adversiting for charter schools and school choice.

Ed, spell check? Or am I missing the joke on this one?

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Of course you could do what I do. Dang iPad?!?!

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The only people to feel sorry for are the people of Chicago, they’re doing their best impersonation of Detroit.

Tater Salad on September 10, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Best impersonation of Detroit? Chicago is TURNING INTO Detroit, right down the the nightly shooting gallery the city streets have turned into!

pilamaye on September 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Barney wears a hat?

KOOLAID2 on September 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Chicago is a Marxist stronghold… These “teachers” keep the Marxists in power and are simply demanding their kickbacks be increased… The cycle of corruption goes round and round…

aposematic on September 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The mayor is Rahm Emanuel, if you honestly think he is going to fire any teachers or take any punitive action against the CTA, then you should check yourself into a crack abuse program.

SWalker on September 10, 2012 at 10:43 AM

:D

mankai on September 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

No problem folks. Just wait till the end of the school year and bring up some of those professional educators from Atlanta to show the Chicago crowd how to fudge the grades. A future presidency may be at stake here.

Don L on September 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Man, I’m not skinny, but the pictures on Drudge of the CTU and their spokesperson are just wrong.

MobileVideoEngineer on September 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

‘Correcting’ all of those papers and tests at night really cuts into their gym time, don’tcha know.

Maybe if we got each of them a personal trainer (as one of their ‘benefits’………………..//

//

Solaratov on September 10, 2012 at 11:15 AM

From the looks of it, they ain’t walking far or fast. For that matter often enough. ; )

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I’ve never wanted to slap a face more than I do the fat woman on the cover photo Jabba the Union Boss.

Hucklebuck on September 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

FIFY

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Time for a Reagan option.

Bmore on September 10, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Fire all of them!

GarandFan on September 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

My niece posted this on FB:

Even though it is unfortunate that we will not be in our classrooms tomorrow, I will proudly be walking the picket line with my amazing co-workers in the fight for educational justice. I’m thankful for the support we’ve received from parents, students, our community, and people around the world. Please support the CTU, support teachers, support students, and support public education. (my emphasis)

This is a smart young teacher who has drunk the koolaid. What the hell is educational justice?

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Only 16% over the next 4 years? I guess they realize with QE4, 5 and 6 on the table and the plan to increase our food supply for inefficient fuels… 16% won’t be enough to keep up with the cost-of-living.

mankai on September 10, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I’m no fan of the teachers’ union here, but in this case, I can’t entirely blame them. Rahmbo basically unilaterally decided that the school day should be significantly longer, because what is school if it isn’t a taxpayer-funded babysitting service. A 7 1/2 hour school day, plus transportation to and from, plus homework is ridiculous for kids who are younger than high school. When parents complained, first of all Rahm was pretty upset that it even made news, but then “compromised” by “shortening” the elementary school hours to 7 hours. This is just another in a long list of reasons my kids won’t be in the Chicago Public Schools. Already last summer, the lady who led my daughter’s extra-curricular isn’t coming back this year because with the longer day, she can’t see making her daughter do anything else outside of a CPS school day.

Mark my words, though. This isn’t even really about the teachers in the world of Rahm Emanuel. It’s about getting votes from the people who love the idea that they can dump their kids at “school” all day, and it’s about consolidating the power of the mayor’s office because decimating the city’s emergency services (more than they’ve already been gutted – see the city’s bloodbath) is the next objective.

Katja on September 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

This is a smart young teacher who has drunk the koolaid. What the hell is educational justice?

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Educational justice is defined as being paid an exorbitant amount of money to ensure that over half your students never graduate high school.

Bishop on September 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

The best option is just to move away from Chitcago. I don’t know the geographical bounds of CTU control, but all you have to do is move across that line for a better education and a bonus in that you are less likely to get shot.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Those are teachers? They are monsters, gross. Glad they are not mine. Best agrument yet for voucher schools of choice.

StevC on September 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

What? Being a school teacher doesn’t pay as well as being a chemical engineer? I wish somebody would have told us that before we signed up for the easiest major at every university.

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mankai on September 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

What the hell is educational justice?

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

“Educational justice” is, by definition, whatever the union demanding it says it is. It’s just another piece of educational jargon that allows teachers to make their demands and activities sound overly righteous and important.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

With the information age upon us there really is no real reason for public schools anymore. Home schooled children learn more, faster, and score better on tests than union taught kids. If you really care about your child’s education, you will not send your kids to government schools. The Internet has everything you need to get your kids developing good study habits and on a path to a life long love of learning. Today’s schools have turned into warehouses that are really just mass baby-sitting centers. There are many organizations that you can enroll your kids in that can provide a social education your children need as well.

Dollayo on September 10, 2012 at 11:31 AM

What? Being a school teacher doesn’t pay as well as being a chemical engineer? I wish somebody would have told us that before we signed up for the easiest major at every university.

mankai on September 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Silly me for deciding to get a bachelor’s in mathematics because I wanted to teach mathematics.

However, since my degree is not in education, I am considered less qualified to teach than someone who has an education degree but is barely 2 textbook sections ahead of the students in content knowledge.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This is a smart young teacher who has drunk the koolaid.
Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

You have our condolences…

olddog58 on September 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This teacher:

1. Hates strikes and would never participate in one
2. Hasn’t seen a raise in three years, not even a “cost of living” raise
3. Pays more for benefits every year
4. Weighs WELL under a hundred pounds fully dressed and wearing boots

I’m not complaining about numbers 2 and 3, by the way.

It’s my lunch hour. Back to work I go.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The real shame here is that state and local employees of the handful of democratic-stronghold proggie bankrupt states and cities has led to a smearing of all sub-fed-level employees.

The truth is that most states don’t have these kinds of problems, and their employee pay and benefits is much more in line with private employers.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

is this Madison, WI redux?

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

What the hell is educational justice?

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Not that it will happen but, for me, educational justice is for the entire CTU to be treated the way that Reagan treated PATCO. Let those greedy teachers figure out just how hard others have to work for a $76K salary plus benefits. And I realize that not every teacher in the system is equally greedy but it is hard not to feel a certain revulsion when you see them chanting “What’s disgusting? Union busting” intstead of doing their damned job.

Happy Nomad on September 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Chicago’s crackhead single mothers are quite angry, as you can imagine…

Pest on September 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Mike Gallagher just noted that only 15% of Chicago 5th graders can read !!!!!

FIRE THEM ALL !!!!

pambi on September 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

For those of you going on about so-and-so being fat, you sound like liberal snobs. And I say this as a 5’8″, 165 lb man who runs between 2 and 4 miles three or four times a week.

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Public schools are the nurseries of all vice and immorality.

HENRY FIELDING, Joseph Andrews

DAT60A3 on September 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM

He meant public as in private, elite schools (Eton, etc.); he certainly did NOT mean anything like a dysfunctional public school in inner-city Chicago…

Pest on September 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This is a smart young teacher who has drunk the koolaid. What the hell is educational justice?

Fallon on September 10, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Care to rephrase your comment. I question the smart part.

chemman on September 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

There’s an awful lot of the parents who are less concerned about the education of their children than they are about losing babysitters and cafeterias for them. I understand that the food lines in the Chicago schools are still open twice a day.

dahni on September 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

It is during times like these that it is revealed what schools actually are. That is, they function as surrogate households with proxy parents posing as teachers. Those teachers efforts are diluted by increasing class sizes. You are funneled into “families” based upon your chronological age and arbitrary scholastic standards where there are surrogate living rooms called, ironically, “Homerooms” where you get to meet the proxy mother that the state has selected for you.

Did you also know that the construction of schools oddly resembles those of prisons?

Similar functions, no????

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Go Regan on their asses. Fire them all, de-certify the union.

Hire anybody that can actually teach a subject.

mojo on September 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Silly me for deciding to get a bachelor’s in mathematics because I wanted to teach mathematics.

However, since my degree is not in education, I am considered less qualified to teach than someone who has an education degree but is barely 2 textbook sections ahead of the students in content knowledge.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. Ding. We have a winner. Add in new math (Yet another stab at new math), and the really lousy “spiralling” curriculum that has been foisted on our kids, and you understand why we are so quickly falling behind the rest of the world.

Here in New Mexico, a very sizable portion of High School seniors couldn’t pass their exit exams to get a diploma. So the state will be giving out “certificates” instead.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Offer the union bupkes. Start approving 10 new Charter Schools per day. See how long the strike lasts.

trigon on September 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

What state do you reside in? It sounds like one of the lib utopia districts.

chemman on September 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM

these public teachers unions will strike until they realize what the NBA realized last year. That is, if your strike lasts long enough, people will begin to recognize that you’re worthless and can be ignored and that they do have other options.

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

They’re doing this for the kids.

steebo77 on September 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

From the Chicago Tribune (emphasis mine):

9:10 a.m. At Kenwood, bongos and honking horns

At Kenwood High School, 80 union members showed up to picket at 6:30 a.m.

The picket line had a festive atmosphere, with bongo drums and honking horns, dancing(JL: CTU and Occupy Chicago are two peas in a pod. Big surprise.) and signs that read, “Honk if you love teachers.”

Union delegate Darryl Reed said teachers expect to be there until 10:30 a.m., when they will head to a rally at CPS headquarters that is to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Reed said he always knew there would be a strike. “If you go back to legislation last year making it harder for us to strike, they bragged that we’d never reach that threshold. The attitude they had this whole time gave us the attitude we have had this whole time.” (JL: So, this is all one big pi$$ing contest. Just like we figured.

He said he expects the strike will be brief, but thinks teachers will be back on the picket line Tuesday morning.

JimLennon on September 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Look at the pic on Drudge. They’re all obese!

Bevan on September 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

That’s a great imperonation of a liberal snob you’re doing.

DethMetalCookieMonst on September 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Mike Gallagher just noted that only 15% of Chicago 5th graders can read !!!!!

FIRE THEM ALL !!!!

pambi on September 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Would like to know what their math scores are as well.

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

They’re doing this for the kids.

steebo77 on September 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM

start tallying up the body count of K-12 aged Chicagoans over the duration of this strike.

/For the Kids

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The picket line had a festive atmosphere, with bongo drums and honking horns, dancing(JL: CTU and Occupy Chicago are two peas in a pod. Big surprise.) and signs that read, “Honk if you love teachers.”

This is Madison, WI part Deux……

ted c on September 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The real shame here is that state and local employees of the handful of democratic-stronghold proggie bankrupt states and cities has led to a smearing of all sub-fed-level employees.

slickwillie2001 on September 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That is a shame. I sometimes have to remind myself that they’re not all like that.

Esthier on September 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

So is it obvious yet that we have a parenting and culture problem that cannot be solved by teachers?

oldroy on September 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

David Freddoso ‏@freddoso

This is a great time for a teachers’ strike in Chicago, if you’re a Republican presidential candidate hoping to carry WI, IA.

steebo77 on September 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

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