Almost 40% of Chicago’s Public School Teachers Send their Kids Elsewhere to Learn

posted at 2:31 pm on September 15, 2012 by Matt Vespa

The Chicago teachers’ strike is an awkward dinner conversation between President Barack Obama and his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.   Many of the policy prescriptions in the new Chicago teachers’ contract designed to create more accountability are supported by the Obama administration.

As the Chicago teachers’ strike continues, we’ve learned that they make $71-76,000 a year and they turned down a 16% pay increase, which amounts to $11,360.  They work nine months out of the year, but say that this strike is benefits oriented.  However, given that ABC World News didn’t even air this story last Sunday and most of the media, with the exception of CBS, failing to mention the compensation statistics in their broadcast – suffice to say that the  media will probably ignore the fact that almost 40% of Chicago’s public school teachers send their kids to private schools.

I’m not against public education, but the fact that these teachers make enough to send their kids to private schools shows that Chicago’s public teachers are aware of the serial failure within the system.  Second, it shows that these teachers have zero confidence in their own respective school district.  Why are the teachers going on strike?  Aren’t the contentious measures they’re squabbling about aimed at enhancing accountability that will make their institutions of learning better for the students?  It appears this strike, like most union strikes, are defined by these three words: give. me. more.

However, given the state of public education and that of Chicago, it’s not alien for public school teachers to ship their kids to private institutions.  According to The Washington Times in September of 2004, they quoted the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which found that:

 More than 1 in 5 public school teachers said their children attend private schools.

In Washington (28 percent), Baltimore (35 percent) and 16 other major cities, the figure is more than 1 in 4. In some cities, nearly half of the children of public school teachers have abandoned public schools.

In Philadelphia, 44 percent of the teachers put their children in private schools; in Cincinnati, 41 percent; Chicago, 39 percent; Rochester, N.Y., 38 percent. The same trends showed up in the San Francisco-Oakland area, where 34 percent of public school teachers chose private schools for their children; 33 percent in New York City and New Jersey suburbs; and 29 percent in Milwaukee and New Orleans.

John Stossel at Fox Business reiterated this point on September 11:

Union teachers know that many of their colleagues aren’t great teachers. Only 12% of American students attend private schools, but, 39% of Chicago public school teachers send their children to private schools. Anti school-choice politicians are no less hypocritical: President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Jesse Jackson, Hillary Clinton and Al Gore (to name just a few) all send or sent their children to private schools.

Now thousands of Chicago children are kept out of school. Your supermarkets and movie theaters aren’t closed because of strikes. That’s because private companies have competition. Government monopolies don’t.

Moreover, for all the teachers’ complaining, when will the media report that Chicago teachers instruct less than any other “large metro area” in the country according to Illinois Policy Institute?

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From what I have seen so far, I am surprised they have enough brains to realize the system is failing. I mean these ‘teachers’ are inarticulate and plain stupid.

pat on September 15, 2012 at 2:32 PM

16 percent isn’t enough because private school for their kids went up 20 percent. Can we get the popcorn guy as I watch this unfold?

msupertas on September 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Matt, I was running a google search on “hypocrites” and this page was #2 in the rankings. #1 was a picture of CTU headquarters.

Owen Glendower on September 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I know a number of public school teachers here that send their children to parochial school. In many cases, it is because of the ability to receive an education in an environment that is consistent with their religious beliefs. So apparently 40% of Chicago teachers are deeply religious. /s

AZfederalist on September 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I mean these ‘teachers’ are inarticulate and plain stupid.

That can’t be that stupid – they are the highest paid and work the least….
And 40% of them know the system they work for sucks…..
Sounds like a racket to me….
This is almost as worse as the mafia….

redguy on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

60% of Chicago teachers recklessly endanger their children? That’s terrible.

RBMN on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

FDR vowed that never would public unions corrupt govt, but now the Teachers’ Union has gained control of public education, and turned the whole process into a massively wasteful joke where the primary goals center not around teaching kids but on compensating teachers and ensuring diversity and proper indoctrination.
Give education back to localities. And get the feds out of it. And get the states out of it. With an eye on costs and on getting the job done, private citizens with a limited budget would have the goal of making education effective, and they would achieve that.

anotherJoe on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

…I just heard them interview a Chicago teacher…”Whatever she say (the union president) I can go along with!”…yep!…give her a raise!

KOOLAID2 on September 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

How many of them use vouchers?

StubbleSpark on September 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Oh, they are indeed pretty stupid. Check out this link for some info on their average ACT scores from high school…

RandyBSr on September 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I have some family and friends who teach, and to be fair, I can understand the concerns over the wrong kind of accountability. Putting emphasis on numbers is not entirely fair, and it’s difficult [difficult, but not impossible] to measure the effectiveness of teachers.

One of my friends teaches in a NYC school that they attempted to close and fire 50% of the staff. Her school is deemed failing, but part of the problem is that nearly all her students are minorities from poor backgrounds. Half of her kids don’t speak English, half of them don’t show up. So, I don’t think it is necessarily fair that her school district is expected to have students perform at the same level as students from schools that draw from more expensive areas. I do think she is a qualified teacher who was getting good results from her kids, but yet she was not part of the 50% that was not selected to return.

The problem, as many have identified, is accountability — but it’s hard to enforce accountability in something that is corrupt, and where accountability has no consequences. I think Condeleeza Rice said it best, when she made the comment about how if you know someone’s zip code, you know if they got a good education or not. It’s nearly impossible to quantify, yet we do it all the time in the private industry. I keep hearing all the time from teachers that they need protection from being fired for no reason, but that can happen in the private industry too. I work in software, and you can’t measure someone’s productivity in numbers, but you can tell who is contributing and who isn’t. Who is standing in the way of improvement and who isn’t.

Without being teachers, parents KNOW where the good schools are, where the good teachers are. And I think the principals and administration do too. There is just no Return-on-investment to keep the highest qualified staff. The only way things will get better is if the consumers (parents & students) have a say. The only way that happens is with school choice.

Violina23 on September 15, 2012 at 2:53 PM

If teachers succeeded at teaching at a certain pay level, they would never be able to convince the public that their stingy ways prevented success.

clnurnberg on September 15, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Watch it and weep.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqUWCZ0B18E

Owen Glendower on September 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Hypothetical sods and wankers.

These people should be working in the mines at Kolyma.

1921 C DRUM on September 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I’ll also add, this same teacher, who I do genuinely believe is a good, effective, hard-working teacher — always tells me whenever I work late, or do a late-night deployment, or do other things, you know, expected of me to be an effective team member where I work, that I should have a union. I’ve tried to explain to her that if we had unions, we wouldn’t be able to stay profitable because we can’t just tax people for more money to fund the benefits & bonuses & overtime pay.

She talks about how hard teachers work and all that they do in one breath, but when I asked if she’d do some of the “extras” she does around the school (like help with the school play) if she didn’t get paid extra for it, and she was like “No way, why would I do it if I didn’t get paid?”

I just wish [some] teachers would own up to the fact that they are looking out for their own interests as much as anyone else would. And that’s OK. But spare me the “It’s all about the children” nonsense.

Violina23 on September 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

I’m not against public education

Why not?

happytobehere on September 15, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Could someone kindly create an overlay of the test rankings of those districts in the chart and maybe even a per pupil cost, too.

I’d be interested in see if one can discern any reason for believing in the unstated assumption that teachers are essential to students learning.

Dusty on September 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Well these teachers can darn well afford to send their kids elsewhere, they are the highest paid in the country! Too bad the citizens paying their salary can’t afford to get good teachers for their kids?
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letget on September 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Hypocritical

My bad.

1921 C DRUM on September 15, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Does anyone truly believe that the kids have had less “education” during the week that the teachers have been on strike? Come on, even the parents aren’t upset about the lack of “education”… they just don’t like having to spend extra on daycare.

At this point we should just close the schools, send each kid a check for $15k every year and tell them to go try to learn something.

happytobehere on September 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

My parents were public school teachers, before they went elsewhere, and sent us to Catholic School.

Iblis on September 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

This reminds me of…members of Congress with benefits who voted for Obamacare as long as it didn’t effect their benefits.

workingclass artist on September 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Could someone kindly create an overlay of the test rankings of those districts in the chart and maybe even a per pupil cost, too.

Dusty on September 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Several studies have shown little correlation between per student cost and performance.

AZfederalist on September 15, 2012 at 3:10 PM

60% of Chicago teachers recklessly endanger their children? That’s terrible.

RBMN on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Hope? Change??

Ugly on September 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM

They can afford to.

SouthernRoots on September 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

So, given that pub ed teachers send they kids to private schools, “for the kids” really means–”for the teacher’s kids” so they can afford tuition, right/?

ted c on September 15, 2012 at 3:29 PM

I’m not against public education

why do you need that qualifier, jazz? Pub ed is not constitutional, its expensive, and its underperforming. What is wrong with being against it? There are alternatives.

ted c on September 15, 2012 at 3:32 PM

A big question is what percentage of CTU members have schoool age children. If 1 in 5 send their kids to private school but only 2 in 5 have school age children, that would mean 50% of CTU members with school age children send their kids to private schools. That makes the numbers even worse.

cobrakai99 on September 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

jazz=matt

sorry.

ted c on September 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

surely, the privates schools and their tuition hikes are clearly against teachers and the kids.

ted c on September 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

It’s always enjoyable to remind the liberal intelligencia that just about ALL of the larger Cities in this country are, and have been for many yrs, ran by the Democrite party.
They own it.
They’ve pissed away TRILLIONS of dollars over these past decades, and this is their result.

So when a liberal schmuck wants to do some chest thumping, always remind him – or her- of this record of the
DEMOCRITES BIG CITY FAILURE.

FlaMurph on September 15, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, well, I’m not allowed to voice my opinion on this issue, seeing as I’m a former teacher. Tried that the other day.

As soon as I do, some jackwagon who never as much as taught a flea to jump will jump my case.

So have at it everyone.

No one’s interested in the solution, as long as teachers are an easy pinata.

On this topic, I had to laugh. What’s that crazy idiot Dem Hannity has on now – Tamara Holder?

Well, on this one issue of whether the teachers are at fault for the failures of parents and culture, I was yelling at Hannity and applauding Holder.

Now that’s intellectual honesty, applauding anything that appalling idiot says.

I have learned that there will never be any serious discussion of education on Hot Air because everyone loves bashing teachers.

Probably subliminal leftovers from being students or something.

Have at it. The pinata is strung!

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Well, there goes the streak.

eyesky on September 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

In related news, more than half of Chicago public school teachers do not allow mirrors in their homes.

platypus on September 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Holding teachers accountable for increasing test scores year-to-year – and basing their salaries on the scores, amid the utter collapse of the family and what the students do in the other 17 hours is bull$shit. The youngest teachers get given the worst students as a matter of seniority. That’s how it works. So you penalize young teachers because the principal assigned them the dregs, and if the teacher can’t improve scores, year after year, despite mayhem in the students’ homes, the teacher loses salary or get fired.

Yeah, that REAL incentivization for young teachers.

A fair system would pay the teachers teaching the dregs MORE, due to emotional, physical and mental hazard pay.

Any teacher with brains pulls their kids out of the public school system.

I challenge ANY of you to go spend a day on a visitor’s pass at a 33% percentile school. Go try it. Then come back here and blindly bash teachers. I dare you to do it, instead of flapping gums.

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

This is almost as worse as the mafia….

redguy on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Indeed, degenerate thugs and enabled by bigger goons, funded by taxpayers.

Schadenfreude on September 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Question. Is that 40% of teachers with children, or, is it 40% of all teachers, including the single or childless?

trigon on September 15, 2012 at 4:01 PM

It should be noted that, in Soviet Russia, Communist Party bosses lived like kings.

CurtZHP on September 15, 2012 at 4:17 PM

60% of Chicago teachers recklessly endanger their children? That’s terrible.

RBMN on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Some of those have no children in school.

This statistic would be more meaningful if it was the percentage of children of school teachers in private school.

Private schools can kick out bad students. Public Schools do not have that option. Thus this is somewhat unfair.

The real problem with schools is they no longer let the Principal delegate someone to spank the children that misbehave. The parents could care less if their children are suspended and generally blame the school not their child.

The schools are also not allowed to put the bad students in the same classroom. They have almost no ability to do anything with problem students they just have to leave them in class.

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Chicago teachers are smarter than I thought they were.

One of the reasons my wife is a public school teacher’s aide is so that we can afford to send our children to Catholic schools.

bw222 on September 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

The real problem with schools is they no longer let the Principal delegate someone to spank the children that misbehave. The parents could care less if their children are suspended and generally blame the school not their child.

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Ah, the “Board of Education.” I remember him well.

bw222 on September 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM

A fair system would pay the teachers teaching the dregs MORE, due to emotional, physical and mental hazard pay.

A fair system would identify those “dregs” and segregate them into what was called (back when school was a place to learn and not a daycare function) “slow class”.

Want to be a goof off or just hate school? Sit here, while we allow the other kids to progress without you dragging them down. Don’t like being in slow class? Don’t be a jerk.

A life lesson in those formative years: “You are responsible for yourself”. That concept has been completely excised from public education, and replaced with “it takes a village”, and the scores and graduation rates reflect that change.

BobMbx on September 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I can understand the concerns over the wrong kind of accountability. Putting emphasis on numbers is not entirely fair, and it’s difficult [difficult, but not impossible] to measure the effectiveness of teachers.

It used to be that the Principals who were familiar with the teachers, their classes, and their progress evaluated teachers on both numeric and non-numeric standards and made hiring and firing decisions. But unions have removed that responsibility from the people best positioned to use it and instead have created a byzantine structure of rules, appeals, arbitrators, and hiring panels to make things more “fair” and “equitable”.

If teachers don’t like being evaluated by the numbers, they have nobody but themselves to blame for leaving that as the only option.

Socratease on September 15, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Have at it. The pinata is strung!

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

This is not a pinata moment…

Related to 7 teachers, encompassing 3 generations.
The problem should not be thought of as “those damn teachers,” but rather:

- Specifically bad teachers
- Poor support by parents
- Kids who see exploitable situations
- Unions that won’t let problems be fixed, in order to not let go of power.
- Administrators that either tire of the fight, or get coopted by the quest for power, and become a part of the problem.

The fix? Empower interested parents (vouchers) and break down the tenure system. Somehow, someway, we need a tool to get rid of at the very least, the worst of the teachers.

massrighty on September 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Not at all on the side of these teachers in Chicago though.

They are fighting against a longer school day when they have the shortest in the Nation.

They are fighting against allowing any teacher to ever be fired. Hey you have to have that option.

They are fighting against private and charter schools while they send their own children to them.

Teachers should fight for their students.

These teachers could care less about their students. These Chicago teachers. There are no doubt many teachers that do care. For all I know even many of the Chicago teachers but not their union.

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

If vouchers were available for the masses, a lot more people would send their kids to high perfoming private schools…

But since the DIMocrats will never allow school choice, good luck with that…

Khun Joe on September 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The fix? Empower interested parents (vouchers) and break down the tenure system. Somehow, someway, we need a tool to get rid of at the very least, the worst of the teachers.

massrighty on September 15, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Vouchers. That is the answer. Privatize education 100%. Then the parents will decide which school to send their children to. The good ones will survive the bad ones will not.

For rural areas eventually guidelines could be set up so companies could qualify to run schools in rural areas. But they would have to first prove themselves in cities. They would also have to pass a vote of confidence yearly to keep a contract. The parents could vote and choose the company.

Public Schools need to end. Board of Educations need to end.

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

The Chicago teachers are a disgrace to the profession. First and foremost for bragging about how much “fun” they were having at a strike.

But on one issue they have my sympathy: low test scores. You cannot teach poorly-parented kindergarteners to work math problems and read. It’s impossible for a hungry, ill-tended child’s brain to learn. And then when you take care of the hunger and abysmal parenting, you’re teaching shapes, colors, and if you’re lucky, letters. That’s if you’re VERY lucky. And then, unless they’re super-intelligent, the children are behind all the way up the ladder…

Grace_is_sufficient on September 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Listen to the teachers, read their words, look at the pictures. Would anyone here want them with your children for any amount of time with your children, let alone teaching them? Are the teachers the role model, you want, on how to act when you don’t get your way? Our children are being held hostage by extortionists.

Wade on September 15, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Have at it. The pinata strawman is strung!

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

FTFY

happytobehere on September 15, 2012 at 4:55 PM

60% of Chicago teachers recklessly endanger their children? That’s terrible.

RBMN on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I would hazard that they may not have a choice. Non-crappy schools in and around Chicago have “Olympic-level competition for enrollment, and the parents can get pretty darn nasty.”, to quote a source who insisted on remaining anonymous.

MelonCollie on September 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM

The problem is that the government is involved at all. The cost of education should be borne by the parents of the child. Providing “free” education relieves parents of the responsibility of being parents and shifts that cost to the tax payer.
While vouchers are a good solution, they still give the government camel a nose into the tent. What’s to stop some future Obamanist from imposing Obamacare like rules on schools. Forcing them to teach homosexuality, socialism etc, and forcing them to pay for abortions and other things.
No the solution is to break the monopoly and then reduce with the goal of eliminating government’s roll in education with the exception of setting national standards.

Iblis on September 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

60% of Chicago teachers recklessly endanger their children? That’s terrible.

RBMN on September 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I would hazard that they may not have a choice. Non-crappy schools in and around Chicago have “Olympic-level competition for enrollment, and the parents can get pretty darn nasty.”, to quote a source who insisted on remaining anonymous.

MelonCollie on September 15, 2012 at 5:03 PM

40% are in charter schools. That does not count the ones in Charter Schools like the one Michelle Obama went to that was about as good as a Private School.

They work the system get their own kids in one of the good schools if they have to go “public”.

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

40% are in charter Private Schools.

Correction

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 5:16 PM

40% are in charter schools. That does not count the ones in Charter Schools like the one Michelle Obama went to that was about as good as a Private School.

They work the system get their own kids in one of the good schools if they have to go “public”.

Steveangell on September 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Okay, that makes more sense now. Thanks!

MelonCollie on September 15, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I’m glad those AFT members wear jailhouse orange to show solidarity with the 50% of their students they fail to graduate. This too is part of the Chicago way and why Barak Hussein Obama was deemed a “successful” street agitator even though he accomplished nothing. He kept the poor blacks in Southside Chicago riled up.

Must be an interesting thing to be out there pretending to be the sole defense of the poor and then go home to your million dollar home purchased by the mob. With a wife in a no-show job that nets $300K/year and two brats that are kept out of the very schools that you force your constituents to attend.

Happy Nomad on September 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Another prime example of why the Dept. of Education has to go. They are worthless.

Mirimichi on September 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Another prime example of why the Dept. of Education has to go. They are worthless.

Mirimichi on September 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

But the Dept. of Education is not worthless. They are set up to do what any government organization has to do- track the money. The only problem when it comes to education is that this is clearly a state/local issue. And that is where the funding has to be debated.

We don’t need a whole department in DC able to track down by individual unit where pints of milk went as part of some federal program. What we need is an agency able to coordinate the efforts of the various states and territories.

Happy Nomad on September 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

125 S Clark in Chicago, is the building that serves as NY version of the ‘rubber room’ The ones not allowed to teach in classrooms, spend their day there.

RdLake on September 15, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The 40% is known and talked about locally in the city of Chicago and suburbs. How convenient for those 40% of striking teachers that all those private, independent, Archdiocese of Chicago and other parochial schools stayed open so their kids could be safely tucked away in school while they picketed.

The only thing these teachers had a legal right to strike over is compensation. The complaints about evaluations and the other comforts they were demanding were not valid strike issues. The longer workday complaint doesn’t fly since 500 laid-off teachers were hired back to pick up the “slack” for that. I also bristle when they mention the extra time they put in grading papers, lesson planning, etc.–well, duh, isn’t that what all the vacation time and summers are for? In the private sector it’s called “comp” time and it’s not always easy to collect because most businesses don’t close for the summer.

I don’t begrudge them asking for air conditioning but installing it in older buildings would cost more than rebuilding. And 80 to 120 older schools, many with lower enrollment, may be closed anyway for that reason–it’ll cost less to rebuild than repair or remodel them.

Finally, there’s a story that the teachers were asking for 6 pianos and I can’t imagine Rahmbo doesn’t have a few thugs hanging around who couldn’t go out and “acquire” them at little to no cost.

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Re: that 16% raise. I presume that’s 4% a year…compounded for 4 years.

At the lower end ($71k), that means a teacher would earn $12,060 more after the 4th year’s raise. The higher-end teacher’s pay ($76k) would increase by almost $13k, or $12,909. Yikes!

Think about it: that’s more than $1,000 a month raise…for what is in-essence part-time work. And I haven’t even heard anyone address what these increases will do to pension calculations.

jeanneb on September 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I don’t begrudge them asking for air conditioning but installing it in older buildings would cost more than rebuilding….

stukinIL4now on September 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

They want A/C in schools because they are all so damn fat.

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Think about it: that’s more than $1,000 a month raise…for what is in-essence part-time work. And I haven’t even heard anyone address what these increases will do to pension calculations.

jeanneb on September 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM

It is, in essence, part-time work, in the same way that 80 hours a week, which is what I worked as a dedicated teacher, was, in essence, full-time work.

Again and again, I find – from Hannity to Hot Air – that, while I am the most conservative person I know, there is a massive national misunderstanding on education..

Most teachers are working themselves to the bone in ways that most non-teachers don’t understand.

Let’s try to separate the specifics of this specific teachers’ strike from the sheer misery that is the everyday state of most of those whose who work in the American public-school system.

And the lowest blow of all, which I have seen for years, is that if we have a problem with our work environment, we must not be doing it for the children; we must be doing it to enrich ourselves.

America doesn’t realize the degree to which the modern public-schol teacher is being blackmailed to shut up and perform to higher test scores every year.

Until strict discipline is restored in public schools, there will never be a solution… and , I will never, ever consider again using my wasted and expensive teaching credential in a public school in America.

Discipline, folks.

Discipline….the lack thereof…. is what has destroyed the public school system in America.

NOT THE UNIONS>>>>

DISCIPLINE.

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 7:16 PM

And to add a little prop to my rep, which I know will be required after my last statement:

The senior teacher in my school approached me, after I was let go for kicking thugs out of class, to tell me that he was sorry to see me go, because he had stood outside my classroom on occasion, and said that from what he had heard out the open door was that I was the best new teacher he had heard since he was working at that school – 14 years.

He said that “some teachers say they ‘teach’ – you were ‘teaching!’”

Principal wrote up a fraudulent review and labeled me incompetent. Checked off the box that I had written too many discipline reports and so was classified as “incompetent to handle my classroom,” under district guidelines.

At least four teachers approached me after the rumor spread that they were getting rid of me, to say that it was a scandal, and that they were glad that I stood up to the administration about the thugs in the classroom.

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

We don’t need a whole department in DC able to track down by individual unit where pints of milk went as part of some federal program. What we need is an agency able to coordinate the efforts of the various states and territories.

Happy Nomad on September 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

The entire federal DOE needs to go, I don’t want fat cat bureaucrats having any say on how the children are educated in my Village and State.

Wade on September 15, 2012 at 9:35 PM

What Cane Loader said. I do not work part time and I don’t know any teacher who does. Any conservative who thinks we do, well, please get your credential to teach and start raking in those big teacher bucks. We desperately need to take education back from thugs like CTU who have stolen it from our children, and that is the only way it is going to happen.

Bob's Kid on September 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

The entire federal DOE needs to go, I don’t want fat cat bureaucrats having any say on how the children are educated in my Village and State.

Wade on September 15, 2012 at 9:35 PM

That’s exactly why the progs will die on that hill, because it’s all about power and control to them.

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2012 at 10:35 PM

What Cane Loader said. I do not work part time and I don’t know any teacher who does. Any conservative who thinks we do, well, please get your credential to teach and start raking in those big teacher bucks. We desperately need to take education back from thugs like CTU who have stolen it from our children, and that is the only way it is going to happen.

Bob’s Kid on September 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

glad you agree with me now. years ago under another name you threw me under the bus following a misguided mob and I have never forgotten it.

glad to see you’re still teaching.

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 11:05 PM

JO mama!

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

It’s a shame that teacher’s unions have given teachers in general such a bad name. It truly does seem that teachers in general are seen as greedy and lazy.

cane_loader on September 15, 2012 at 11:08 PM

The teachers are paid better than the student’s parents – that is why they can afford to send kids elsewhere.

kpm01428 on September 16, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I screwed this up earlier so I’ll try again. The average ACT score for a CPS teacher from when they took the test in high school is 19! Here’s the link to the story…

http://reederreport.com/the-number-cps-doesnt-want-you-to-know/

Seriously, a 19 out of 36. The article states that the average for all IL students last year was 21. The teachers average 19. That’s downright scary.

RandyBSr on September 16, 2012 at 12:24 AM

39% of Chicago public school teachers send their children to private schools

…would you send YOUR kid to a school system that sucks that bad??

TX-96 on September 16, 2012 at 4:43 AM

A big question is what percentage of CTU members have schoool age children. If 1 in 5 send their kids to private school but only 2 in 5 have school age children, that would mean 50% of CTU members with school age children send their kids to private schools. That makes the numbers even worse.

cobrakai99 on September 15, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I was thinking the very same thing.

I think we have the same problem with schools, to some degree, that we have with our representatives in Congress. People tend to think their teachers (representatives) are okay; it is the other teachers/school systems/(representatives) that are not doing the job. I say get the Federal government out of school, privatize them all, and while we are at It, throw EVERYONE out that is currently in Congress and send in some regular Joes and Janes. Could not be worse.

God help us, what a mess.

FastTalker on September 16, 2012 at 7:33 AM

The head line of teachers sending their young to a private school speaks volumes yet we do not listen.

mixplix on September 16, 2012 at 7:58 AM

With Chicago teachers making median wage $75Gs (for 9 months work), and a lifetime benefits package, including fully funded full retirement and healthcare (to include dental)….. suspect their kids are in elite boarding school someplace, getting a great education, and learning how to play polo, cricket, and going to debutante balls !!

…these Chicago teachers are sucking on a golden cash cow….with wussy union-toadie Mayor Emanuel the only “road-block”(what a joke) in the way from them reaping even more riches…all robbed from the local hard working taxpayers (whatever riches Obama can send their way) !!! :(

BigSven on September 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Has anyone considered that a good fraction of the remaining 60% may be LGBTs? Now that paints an even prettier picture for ChiSchools.

SJBill on September 16, 2012 at 2:39 PM

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