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Sep 17 2012

Separated at Birth?

As the Chicago teachers strike enters its second week, another lookalike has been found for the personification of greedy, lazy, utterly unreasonable teacher’s unions, Karen Lewis:

karen lewis  ursula
Compliments of Mary P.

Another graphic, via Hot Air — note which teachers work the fewest hours:


Chicago teachers also get the highest pay. Plus their state is going bankrupt. But none of that will put the brakes on the runaway greed of public sector unions, which are devouring the country from within like a monstrous tapeworm. Even while sending their own children to private schools at a rate of 39% due to the inferior quality of their own instruction, Chicago teachers will not settle for anything less than a 30% increase on their already grotesquely extravagant salaries.

For anyone who thinks they are only being greedy on behalf of the 400,000 children they are walking out on, this graphic shows where the money goes; it’s an Illinois State Board of Education pension chart:

This shows a pension liability of almost $1 billion for the top 100 overpaid educrats in Illinois. But so long as someone else can be forced to pay for it, it will never be enough.

On tips from Louie and Bob Roberts.

15 Responses to “Separated at Birth?”

  1. TrojanMan says:

    I live in east central illinois and i had a dude tell me that Illinois would be in greater debt if cook county were to form its own state. My mind was trying to comprehend how anyone would be able to say that with a straight face and mean it. The sooner we can remove the cancer from Illinois which is called cook county the better.

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  3. Doug says:

    But the MSM has more important things to worry about.

    It WILL come down to rioting and blood flowing in the streets, it’s just a matter of time.

  4. Jack Bauer says:

    Not a fair comparison……….

    Ursula is clearly better looking.

  5. Aridog says:

    Good grief…that is less than 6 hours per day for roughly 190 work days. Ordinary stiffs, even professionals with elite degrees, generally work between 240 & 260 days per year for 8 hours per day. Variation is due to vacation allowance and holidays. For a federal civil servant it is 250 days per year at 8 hours per day.

    Hell of a deal these Chicago teachers have there, compared to virtually anyone else.

  6. Jimbo says:

    Let the thieves starve.

  7. Marian says:

    Just goes to show you the mentality of union thugs, like odumbo. No matter how much they are given, it’s not enough, ever. Just like a spoiled child, they need to be slapped down. I’m so sick of being manipulated by liberals and their damnable lies.

  8. txpine says:

    She also reminds me of the Roz character in Monsters, Inc.

  9. Henry says:

    OK, I’ve had enough; please don’t post pics of this sow anymore. Please?

  10. Belfast says:

    Does anyone know how teaching hours are ranged in red v blue states?
    From this the above average states are red, below average blue.

  11. Judith M. says:

    Jabba the Hut, Ursula, a Wildebeast…these are the roles Lewis was born to play!

  12. Louie says:

    Last time I looked, Illinois teachers were required to have but a minimum of 181 days of student contact. The Illinois School Code defines a student contact day as a minimum of four hours. The teachers’ union generated the school calendar prior to the beginning of each school year. In the district where I was school board president (a Chicago suburb), it was not uncommon for teachers to structure the calendar such that they had four hours of “student contact” in the morning and four hours of “in-service” (“training” for the teachers, which was often a joke) in the afternoon, thereby fulfilling two presumably “workday” requirements on a single day. This is not uncommon, at least not in Illinois.

    In Illinois, teachers’ retirement pay is based upon an average of their last five years’ income. It is not uncommon for a school district to have a policy (perhaps unwritten, but well known and always utilized) whereby if prior to the beginning of a school year a teacher declares that he/she will be retiring at the end of that year, then the teacher’s salary is increased by 20% for the entirety of that year in order to increase the teacher’s retirement pay. I would expect that such a policy/practice exists for the city of Chicago schools, if not worse.

    If I recall correctly, Illinois teachers do not pay into social security.

    If a middle school or high school teacher teaches six classes rather than five, his/her pay is increased accordingly (20% pay increase). Same for teaching an extra-curricular (e.g., soccer, tennis, enrichment program).

    There are numerous opportunities *within the school district* for teachers to make extra money over the summer. Things like curriculum writing. And grant writing! We are paying our employees (teachers) to write lengthy applications (for grants) to take some more of our money from us (taxpayers), all during the three month vacation that we so generously provide for them!!

    If we wanted to go to year-around school (one method to deal with a lack of ample school facilities and classroom space), the teachers would want their salaries to be increased proportionately.

    The current Chicago teacher salary is $76K/yr for nine months of teaching five classes, each about 45 minutes in length. In Lake Forest, just North of Chicago and also currently on strike, the average teacher salary is $106K/yr for the same 9 months of teaching five 45 minute classes.

    Some teachers teach fewer than five classes, as they are busy with other things (department chair, union president, curriculum writing, “other special situations”, etc). They still receive full-time pay, or more if they teach an additional class or extra-curricular.

    (There’s lots more, but I need to get back to work.)

    So — — — Come on, Rahm. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” This is a really good crisis.

    Fire ‘em all, hire replacements at $45K/yr using a charter school model, and refuse to rehire any of them, save maybe a few good ones for continuity (there are some who would do this; the ones who are truly there for the kids). Nah — just fire ‘em all!

  13. John Lewis says:

    The good news in this is that Chicago children see less of their teachers than children in other jurisdictions. Even better news is that right now the Chicago children are seeing nothing of their teachers. No PC indoctrination, no little lefties rolling off the assembly line. Some of the kids might even watch Fox News, or listen to Rush.

    A few years ago the granddaughter of a friend dropped out of school. My wife was upset; and was more upset when I said, “good!” The girl is about 20 now and shows no sign of injury from missing several years of c**p.

    When people go on and on about teachers’ salaries, I used to say, “first, ask if they are doing a good job. A teacher doing a good job is worth quite a lot. A teacher doing a poor job is worth nothing.” These days, I would more likely say worth less than nothing.

    Chicago might as well send its education $billions as aid to Libya.

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