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Sep 11 2012

The Chicago Teacher Strike: A Golden Opportunity

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.

Meanwhile,

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:

karen-lewis

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.



51 Responses to “The Chicago Teacher Strike: A Golden Opportunity”

  1. Mickey Shea says:

    What a disgusting fat fuck.

  2. Ugh says:

    That thing in the pic needs to be put down.

  3. SR says:

    Mickey Shea says: What a disgusting fat fuck.

    1+

  4. CT says:

    The face of a Marxist Union Pig for everyone to see, good.

  5. Mr Evilwrench says:

    First thing I thought of seeing that picture was the gungan leader (sorry for bringing up a Star Wars prequel) and I could just see her wobbling her face and slinging slobber.

  6. fubar says:

    libs make me fucking sick.

  7. innominatus says:

    Does she keep a jar of eels and Slave Leia nearby?

  8. Walt in DC says:

    Why do so many leaders of the Left (Richard Trumbka, Michael More and Karen Lewis) look like the parody of the fat rich guy in the Monopoly game? Stick an apple in that mouth.

  9. Sully says:

    Is this a parody?

    School teachers don’t do much work?
    Seriously?

    I assume this is a parody

  10. TW says:

    This will soon be small potatoes (potatos for the lefties) Obama has rebuffed The PM from Israel and Netanyahu says US has lost moral right to stop them.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/netanyahu-obama-israel-nuclear/2012/09/11/id/451404

  11. KHarn says:

    “Sully says:September 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm”

    First, are you going by JOB DISCRIPTION or by ACTUAL WORK AND RESULTS? If the former, yes, teachers DO a lot of work. Going by the latter, “diddly squat”.

    I advise you to find a transcription or video of that union pig’s speach. MAYBE it’ll enlighten you.

  12. Rotohammer says:

    I can Jabba the Hut, but I think more like General Ceel:

    http://images.wikia.com/thegungancouncil/images/0/0e/General_Ceel.jpg

  13. Sinister66 says:

    Salary.com puts the average salary at $57,982.00 on their check. $82,381 fully burdened

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  15. J says:

    They’re walking out on the children for the children.

  16. Restless says:

    She looks like that female character from Monsters Inc. – the one with the raspy voice who was always asking for “paperwork.”

  17. Ummah Gummah says:

    .

    Breaking News: +++ ARAB SPRING +++ ARAB SPRING +++

    Egyptian mobs attack US and German Embassies:

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-67342-Protesters-attack-US-embassy-in-Cairo

    This is an ACT OF WAR against two NATO countries. Let’s see the full power of NATO be brought to bear..

    Commander-in-Chief.. hello?… hello..?

    ..chirp ..chirp ..chirp..

    Oh and CNN, PLEASE DO send in Anderson Cooper to cover this latest example of Arab Spring!

    Personally, I prefer Irish Spring.

    It just smells better.

    .

  18. Jodie says:

    Ummah Gummah,

    I expect Obama to jump right on that. Which means that he will be bowing, apologizing, and agreeing to their simple demands, which are:

    • U.S. and West to stop intervening in Muslim lands
    • U.S. to stop interfering in Muslim education
    • U.S. to end the war on Islam
    • U.S. to release all Islamist prisoners

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/10/world/meast/zawahiri-peace-plan/index.html

  19. MicahStone says:

    As Chicago Teachers Strike, 79 Percent of Students Can’t Read
    …leftist reply: Hey, you don’t have to be able to read to get FOOD STAMPS, “FREE” CONTRACEPTIVES, TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABORTIONS, …. you know, all the GOOD STUFF that somebody else pays for. Besides, if we taught them how to read, they might look at the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Bible and other subversive literature. We can’t allow that!

  20. christopher pool says:

    Imagine her trying on dozens of frames at the optometrist, trying to find just the right pair to compliment her features…

  21. Rickyd says:

    Inner city teachers who can’t speak English themselves, trying to teach urban youts how to read and averaging $74,000 / year before benefits is a friggin joke and everyone with a real job should be on the street with signs smacking these bitches back to the hood or wherever they got their affirmative action degrees. SICKENING

  22. Ummah Gummah says:

    • U.S. and West to stop intervening in Muslim lands
    • U.S. to stop interfering in Muslim education
    • U.S. to end the war on Islam
    • U.S. to release all Islamist prisoners

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/10/world/meast/zawahiri-peace-plan/index.html

    I could go for point #1 and #2 if all moslems leave the Americas and Europe ASAP.

    Ditto for #3 if THEY end THEir war on US first.

    As for prisoner release: NUTS!

    .

  23. Jodie says:

    I’m just afraid that by “Muslim lands” they are including places like Detroit and NYC.

  24. Beef says:

    The Golden Opportunity is Romney’s, who can tie these fat, greedy, incompetent public sector leeches firmly around Obama’s neck and segue right into a call for School Choice and the busting of public sector unions.

    Pull the trigger, Mitt. It’s time.

  25. WTH is that says:

    A pig with lipstick. So they do exist.

  26. Jimbo says:

    That gal(?) is better looking than most liberal communist dipshit fools. *snicker*

  27. Buffalobob says:

    Just how much does this hippo get paid each year? It’s not an easy number to find. But It looks like it is somewhere upward of 250K. Bada bing. It’s for the childrens.

  28. Henry says:

    I’m surprised this POS Michelin Man wannabe hasn’t stroked out carrying around those rolls.

    Here’s the vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1YXOSaMZzs (NSFW)

    Progs make me sick.

  29. Jimbo says:

    Here’s something interesting about Chitcago schools from CNS News.com – all American taxpayers are footing the bill for these communist goons:
    ~
    Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools: $4 Billion in 4 Years; $10,540 Per Student
    By Terence P. Jeffrey
    September 11, 2012

    (CNSNews.com) – Taxpayers in places as divergent as Florida and Montana, Nevada and New Hampshire, Arizona and Maine–as well as their children who will eventually need to pay the interest on the federal government’s growing debt–may not think they have a stake in the Chicago teachers strike, but in fact the budgets of the Chicago Public Schools show that American taxpayers everywhere have literally billions at stake in what goes on in this one city’s public school system.

    ~

    I hate paying the way for communism.

  30. Backbone76 says:

    “Porcine”–lol!

  31. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Chitcago teachers enjoy some of the shortest workdays of teachers in the nation

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443921504577643401868728684.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    The average Chicago teacher works 1,039 instructional hours per year—roughly half the time logged by the average 40-hour-a-week working Joe.

    And racism

    There’s a case for no raise considering that Chicago’s schools are among the worst in the country, with a graduation rate around 55%. A 2006 study by the Consortium on Chicago School Research found that for every 100 Chicago public high school freshmen, only six get four-year college degrees. Among African-American and Hispanic boys, the number is three of 100.

    The union also wants laid-off teachers to be hired back first if school principals have new job openings. Chicago may close up to 100 failing schools in coming years, and if principals have to dip into that layoff pool to hire even lousy teachers, students will suffer.

    Under state law, teachers can strike over wages but not over policies set by the Chicago Board of Education. So the strike is also illegal.

  32. ant says:

    It seems to me that the Mooch’s ‘Let’s Move’ mandates need to only apply to public-sector workers, they are the crowd unbalancing the obesity ratios.

  33. Sgt Stadenko says:

    The average Chicago teacher works 1,039 instructional hours per year—roughly half the time logged by the average 40-hour-a-week working Joe.

    At an average of $76,000 per year, they’re getting over $73 per hour of classroom time. And they want a 30% increase on that, $95 an hour? $1,900 a week??? Christ Almighty.

  34. Alphamail says:

    Jimbo @ 3:36 pm

    “Federal Subsidies to Chicago Schools: $4 Billion in 4 Years; $10,540 per Student.
    By Terence P. Jeffrey
    September 11, 2012”

    Sounds like Chicago has been receiving federal funds since “Obama 2008.”

    Coincidence?

    This is a coordinated continuation of the Bill Ayers/Barack Obama Chicago Schools fundraising partnership whereby together they raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their personal socialist school agendas and pawned them off to the Chicago community as benevolent school assistance.

    Except now it’s billions – not millions.

    Bill Ayers is still a player – and a very very big one!

    We have to remember Bill Ayers went to Bank Street College – where they award degrees in socialist teacher-and-principal indoctrination – the preparation of educators – and where much of the curriculum is focused on children-led feeling-oriented learning.

    Voila! Welcome to the results of the grand 20-year Chicago socialist scam by the two Marxists!

    And so it continues.

    Don’t believe Ayers is still in the game?

    http://www.fresnostate.edu/renaissancegroup/documents/2009FallDRAFTAGENDA.pdf

    Three speakers:

    Dr. Martha Kanter US Under Secretary of Education

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan

    Bill Ayers

    The Renaissance Group vision statement is “Leadership in the exemplary preparation of educators through full campus commitment for the transformation of education to meet societal needs.”

    Obama’s societal transformation – Ayer’s transformation of education.

    The continuing influx of money, the dumbing-down, the socialist agenda, the belligerent union resistance, the preyed-upon public, the sacrificed children…..Chicago.

    Obama/Ayers redux.

  35. TTommy says:

    I know there’s a face underneath that layer of fat, I just can’t quite make it out.

  36. Louie says:

    Dave – – –

    Please stop posting photos of Dems on your site. Yer creepin’ me out here, buddy, and it makes it hard to keep my food down.

  37. Spartan24 says:

    She makes me want to “self medicate” as she likes to say.

  38. Louie says:

    I was President of the local school board (Illinois, upscale Chicago suburb) for a number of years, and as such believe that I have some degree of standing to comment upon this matter. A few takeaways from my personal experience/observations:

    Teacher salaries for the low-tenure/low-education teachers (first-year, Bachelor’s only) were quite low, so much so that those with children were eligible for government food assistance and other such welfare programs. The salaries increased evenly with time and education on a “tracks and lanes” salary schedule that was part of the teachers’ contract. There was no huge bump in salary upon becoming an established/recognized teacher; the increases were gradual, steady and preordained by the salary schedule.

    Teacher salaries for the high-tenure/high-education teachers were excessive, again as part of the salary schedule that was negotiated by the clearly self-serving teachers’ union leadership. There was some degree of salary compression at the very top (on a percentage basis; the dollar increases were still substantial), but it was minimal.

    All teachers were required to belong to the union, whether they wanted to or not. The dues were automatically extracted from their paychecks as a matter of course.

    The administration (Superintendant, Asst Superintendents, Business Manager, etc) and the District’s law firm (a large firm which practiced Illinois school law only) were afraid of the union. They did not want to make any waves.

    In teacher contract negotiations, we resolved all other issues first and dealt with the salary issue last. Salary was a big deal.

    After four years of adequate full-time employment (it had been two years, but the law was changed while I was in office), it is nearly impossible to fire a teacher, effectively giving them a “job for life”, much like a Supreme Court justice. They have to do something really, really bad, indictable, even, to get fired.

    The union would *always* support *any* teacher accused of *any* wrongdoing, as the union was concerned with precedent-setting. It was claimed to be cheaper to reassign the bad ones to do-nothing positions (library monitor, “special projects”, etc) than to get the attorneys involved in a union fight. The really bad ones were banned from setting foot on any of our school campuses and allowed to do “special projects” from home, the results of their one annual project often being discarded as unreliable or otherwise unusable.

    There was no provision for any type of merit pay, other than possibly token monetary awards to one or two teachers annually ($5,000 max, though typically less) for “exemplary performance” at the discretion of the Superintendant. The union would have no part of any merit pay-based salary discussions, apparently because the tenure/education-based system with guaranteed employment regardless of job performance benefitted them so very well.

    There were some teachers who performed. There were some who phoned it in. The teaching environment/expectations were such that one could do either and receive exactly the same reward (pay/advancement). After the first four years (previously two years), which required merely adequate performance (read “doing what you are told”), there was/is no incentive for a teacher to do well, or to exert oneself in any way.

    Once a teacher has taught the same subject for several years, no real thought/effort is required to keep doing the same thing over and over. (Think muscle memory.) The lesson plans are written (given to them by the department). The classroom presentations are canned. The teachers are at liberty to structure their classroom environment such that they have very few papers to grade, if they so desire. No quizzes. No reports. No projects. Only a mid-term and a final, potentially.

    If a teacher transfers to another school district, he/she loses tenure and much of his/her position on the salary schedule, thereby having to start over near the bottom on salary and at the absolute bottom on tenure, even though he/she may have many years of directly applicable teaching experience. I do not recall a teacher transferring out of our district while I was there, although I do recall awarding several placement on the salary schedule somewhat reflective of their prior experience and education.

    Charter schools and school voucher programs (for attendance, not for meals) were verboten topics.

    During the school board election process (school board was on the presidential ballot at that time; now restructured in Illinois to have “non-partisan” elections separate from “partisan” elections), there were interviews with and endorsements from the Teachers’ Union leadership. (I was not endorsed by the Union — no surprise there — but was endorsed by all of the newspapers.)

    Although there was no conventional partisanship (Democrat/Republican) on the school board (in my case, at least; this is not true in the City of Chicago, even though it is mandated to be so by law), and I did not even know the political affiliations of the other school board members (but I could probably have guessed, based upon their obvious value systems and various utterances), there was considerable board member alignment based upon liberal vs conservative philosophies. There were also several board members who held full-time administrative positions in other school districts, and whose actions therefore appeared gauged to not offend the union in any way lest word of their actions affect their own livelihoods.

    All this to say that the system is broken and in need of repair. In my opinion, the solution likely lies in a clean sweep start-over, since the cancer that is the current system is too deeply ingrained to simply cut around the edges. In the case of the Chicago school system, this would mean firing them all and hiring non-union replacements. There would be significant pain along the way, but there would also be a very positive goal in sight. But this is probably un-doable, however, for purely Political reasons (note the capital “P”, Political).

    Also, note that the schools are a microcosm of the situation in which our country finds itself; in need of drastic changes in people/procedures, but unable to accomplish same due to the Politics of it all.

    My apologies for the long post. I am still distraught, apparently, over this experience, and am perhaps working through “some issues” related to my time with the district. I ran for the board hoping to do good things for kids, got elected to the board and then as its President, only to find that 80% of my time was spent dealing with petty adult issues. And corruption, in its various forms. And politics. I would not do this again.

    On a side note, I could have gotten laid easily by any number of the moms, teachers and female administrators, and was approached repeatedly. (Good thing I’m basically a good boy!) Once off the board, the offers ceased. (Damn, now that I need it.) Power, it seems, (or the perception of) really is an aphrodisiac.

  39. Winston Smith says:

    I thought that Mrs. Jabba The Hutt aka Barney Franks sister said 30% was an exaggeration, its only 25% over 4 years. Doh! How many taxpayers in Shitcago will be getting more than 6% a year pay raises? Its hilarious watching Obummers partner in crime facing off against that human slug and her army of garden slugs.

  40. mojo says:

    That woman reminds me of something out of a “Freak Brothers” comic… or maybe “Wonder Warthog”…

  41. Max says:

    That is one ugly woman. That is a woman, right?

  42. Cameraman says:

    A Face only a Mudder could luv..Bag of Smashed Assholes!

  43. Alphamail says:

    Louie says @ 4:26 am

    What a terrific post!

    It was not too long – it read like a fast paced novel.

    It was so informative and explanatory it made me feel as if I was there in person observing all the sleazy and defective inner-workings.

    An impressive account of what it is like to be inside the politically-correct and broken Chicago school system.

    Thanks

  44. Louie says:

    Alphamail, September 12, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Thanks, Alpha. I didn’t know how anybody would react to my ramblings. Could have added a lot more, but felt it was too long as is. Also, much of the really juicy stuff generally had to do with personnel issues, all of which were discussed in closed session (permissible under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, otherwise known as the “Sunshine Law”). Having to do with job performance, student issues, real property purchase, etc, the closed/executive session deliberations are inappropriate for public discussion.

    I do have one correction: In the last paragraph I stated “. . . . I could have gotten laid easily. . . .” when what I should have said is “. . . . I could have easily gotten laid . . . .” It would have been easy to get, but I really don’t know just how easy some of those moms, teachers and female administrators would have been on me. Truth is, I think maybe a few of them would probably have ridden me to death. The ones on the prowl were an energetic bunch. . . .

  45. czekmark says:

    What a retched looking creature (not sure of its gender). /vomit

  46. Louie says:

    moonbatus nonerectus

  47. Appalled By The World says:

    Social justice- lol.
    The Left’s fave cause-totally contrived.

  48. Appalled By The World says:

    Social justice- lol.
    The Left’s fave cause-totally contrived.


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