Chicago public school teachers already have the highest salaries in the country, raking in an average $76,000 per year plus extravagant benefits for very little work. Nonetheless, they are walking out on 400,000 children (not to mention their parents) because an outrageously extravagant 16% raise isn’t enough to satiate their voracious greed. Even as Chicago sucks the entire state down into bankruptcy, their union is demanding a staggering 30% increase.
Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.
Good thing public school teachers make so much money they can afford to send their own kids to private schools so that they will actually learn something — as 39% of Chicago public school teachers do.
Mayor Dead Fish says, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” but I don’t see him taking advantage of this golden opportunity to fire all 26,000 of these barnacles. Filling the positions with more qualified applicants will be a cinch (provided unions are left out of it), considering that the U6 unemployment rate under Obama is at 15%.
Just to provide a face to go with the strike, here is the porcine Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union:
The Mail Online reported on her appearance at the North West Teaching for Social Justice conference in Seattle last fall:
‘I am the only black woman in the class of 1974 from Dartmouth College,’ she said. ‘Woo. People are impressed. Let me tell you, I spent those years smoking lots of weed, self-medicating. Self-medicating, thank you.’
When there was laughter from the crowd, she added: ‘Sounds like you all did too. Oh, I’m sorry there are kids here! I wasn’t supposed to say that right? Too late!’
Comrade Obama ought to make her an honorary member of the Choom Gang. After all, she is connected with the Choomhead in Chief through her avid supporter, member of the Obama/Bill Ayers/Bernardine Dohrn clique and former Communist Party leader Michael Klonsky.
On tips from Just TheTip, Bob Roberts, Ghost of FA Hayek, AC, and J.