Skip to comments.School's out in Chicago as teachers strike, parents scramble (Obama Union Supporters)
Posted on 09/10/2012 3:40:49 AM PDT by tobyhill
School was out in Chicago on Monday and parents scrambled for child care after public school teachers staged the first strike in a quarter century over reforms sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and endorsed by President Barack Obama's administration.
Some 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third largest school district were involved, leaving parents of 350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to find alternative supervision.
(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...
..doomed to fail
Both parents of every child in the Chicago Public Schools has a full time daylight job? Really? Wow.
Meanwhile, homeschool parents got up and went to work teaching, just as they do every day
every child in the CPS lives with 2 parents? wow
"I demand my biscuits and gravy"
in other news, there is a 99% chance of ‘wildings’ in Chicago this week.
Meanwhile, homeschool parents got up and went to work teaching, just as they do every day
Wouldn’t it be great if these 350,000 kids started getting homeschooled by their parents and when the strike is over, nobody shows up? That would be one great day for America.
Rahm’s leadership is on display. Good thing his doesn’t have to be off desperately campaigning for Obama instead of actually doing his job....oh wait.
Actually, they don’t even need to live with two parents. Even with unmarried or divorced parents, they’re all working???? Really? There’s nobody to watch the child? Of course, they can’t afford day care, but there’s no problem with the multiple cell phones and acrylic nails. Right. It’s just the media, once again, playing its hand.
This strike is all for political theater. I believe what some others are saying, Obama will claim to have “saved” the day in a few weeks.
Stay focused, everyone.
Charter schools will be open today because their teachers are non-union. I hope police are at these schools protecting the teachers and students.
Since the school feeds the children there will be a lot of hungry kids./s
In secret meeting...Rahm and Chi Teachers Union President...
RAHM: "I need for you to get all your teachers out and get out the votes for obama."
UNION PRESIDENT: That's cool, baby, but what's in it for us?"
RAHM: "You go on strike for 3 or 4 days and you and I sit in my office a couple of times a day until day 4 and watch Oprah and Judge Joe Brown. We come out every day and tell the Press we're getting close. On last day we come out smiling and announce we've settled for an 18% raise. Everyone is happy."
UNION PRESIDENT: "Sounds like a good plan. Ugh...Hmm...Aren't you forgetting something, sweetie?"
RAHM: "Oh, yeah..... At midnight tonight, go to 63rd & Stoney and park in front of that pool hall. I'll have the Police Commissioner send a guy to break the street light, so it will be darker. I'll have someone meet you with an envelope."
UNION PRESIDENT: "Make sure it's a thick envelope. I'll be 50 years old next year and I'm retiring. I means, I worked hard for this early retirement. I needs me a big fine White-man's House down in Palm Beach."
RAHM: "How about instead of a thick envelope, I send it in a brief case? It's DNC money, anyway."
UNION PRESIDENT: "You da man, sugar. Now, give me little kiss and let's go speak to the Press about my strike."
I read somewhere the average teacher salary in Chicago is around $75K..while the average Chicagoan makes around $30K...and these union members are asking for a THIRTY PER CENT raise...
The avg salary of these teachers is about $71,000. Pretty good for part time work....that’s about $50 per hour PLUS THEY GET BENEFITS. Absurd....
Amazing! According to the article the teachers say the standardized tests are too difficult for these children. They are not taking into account that these kids live in poverty. Over 80 percent qualify for free lunches.
Basically the teachers are saying the kids are too dumb to pass and they refuse to be held accountable.
Also the school district is paying to send these children to churches and other organizations so they will have supervision at least part of the day.
Truly...it’s a very sad, sick way of life that is developing in this country.
fire them all, they should be grateful to have jobs in this economy not striking
Not too dumb really. Just raised by willfully ignorant entitlement minded parents who teach them to be the same. It's the only thing about which I actually agree with the teachers unions.
leaving parents of 350,000 students between kindergarten and high school age to find alternative supervision.
350,000 x 2 parents each............how will they vote in November?
alternative supervision. ,,, Oh, perhaps “The State” will step in to supervise the children
I suspect that the “parent” in Chicago will hardly notice a difference in what the children are learning this week.
I’ll bet you not half the kids in Chicago schools have two parents at home, not even if you count the ones with two dads. And they will vote Democrat, the same way the unions are supporting Obama after he screwed them on the Keystone pipeline. Democrats always circle the wagons on election day.
Wher’mah gonna put mah babies!?
“Wouldnt it be great if these 350,000 kids started getting homeschooled by their parents “
I don’t know. Considering how Chicago parents generally vote, their influence may be no better than the teachers’ influence.
I won’t be looking for the Chicago Teacher’s lingerie calendar any time soon. If they cut their caloric intake they would have extra money for retirement and healthcare.
Both parents working and can’t afford day care? Not even for a temporary time?
I didn’t say anything about welfare.......those parents are home. The article was highlighting those who couldn’t manage daycare. I don’t know, I think it’s different now for parents. Big house, two cars, multiple cell phones, ipads, ipods, acrylic nails, can’t afford daycare.
“Basically the teachers are saying the kids are too dumb to pass and they refuse to be held accountable.”
They are more right than wrong. The great educational experiment that began in the 50s has failed. Failure was covered up for years, but NCLB and similar testing schemes revealed the truth.
Could perfect teachers do better? Probably a little. But also probably, not much.
The results in CPS and elsewhere are (mostly) not the teachers fault.
Well, it is Chicago, and its yoots will do what they do best: killing each other.
"2" parents?? In Chicago??? ROFL!!!!
That bunch sure looks underfed, don’t they?
Brutal looking bunch. I’m sure obama could find a spot for them in his administration.
Oh noes!!! Somebody done turned off the automatic daycare machine!!!
Somebody gonna have to feed those chilrens from their stash!!
The picture of these yelping parasitic sows is telling. These shirking losers “work” for a few hours per day and only “work” about 7 1/2 months per year...and they want a 30% raise. Do a Reagan and fire all of them. Kids being taught by these communist pin-heads is child abuse.
Obama comes in to save the day and it only will cost the US taxpayer $1,000 per family per year over the next 10 years.
Granted, $800 of that is a kickback to the DNC.
The head of the teachers union in Chicago thinks that it’s not the teacher’s job to teach? What should they be evaluated on......physical fitness?
So, the ratio of students to teachers and support staff is 12 to one. I doubt very much that the student teacher ratio is much less than 24 to one. In other words, in Chicago the public schools probably employ close to one “support staff” for every teacher. And therein lies one of the problems facing public education in this country. As with many other functions that have been assumed by government, it has become massively inefficient.
Ugh ... If I were unable to read English, I might assume that was a picture of “Dykes on Bikes” protesting something ...
The parents “scramble” now but then they’ll scramble to the polls to vote in the same politicians who support the teachers’ unions and give them this power in November. They have only themselves to blame for this nonsense.
“Whermah gonna put mah babies!?”
Yep—that’s exactly what I’m thinking. Sometimes it’s so inconvenient to take them with you to the welfare office or bar.
I predict a big increase in “Knock Out” games.
Well, smaller class sizes IS part of what they are asking for, yes?
Rahm should pull a “Ronald Reagan” and FIRE all the striking teachers, offer to hire some thousand of unemployed recent college graduates, provide relocation assistance (as part of the $400 M the school turned down) and offer the “New Teachers” 6 months of a housing stipend until they can get settled.
THEN see how many of these former teachers can get a job. I mean they only turned down a 16% raise.
You cannot tell me that there are not people willing to work for the previous salary!
You are correct about the Chicago teacher strike. Obama will “become involved” in the negotiations and save the day for thousands of children and parents. As a side benefit, Rahm will look good because he could use his connections in DC to “the one” who will be the savior and peacemaker of the Chicago public school crisis.
The Teachers Union will benefit as well by appearing to bend and accept a little less because it is after all “for the children.”
They do not trust Rahm nor 0bama.
They want to be paid in advance
to work for re-election.
Bingo! Now is perhaps the last feasible time for them to seek and get payback from (though I would argue they’re thinking of their previous efforts—ok, such as it was— in arrears, rather than any going-forward type of commitment to) Barry.
Yeah. I think this is their last chance in the near future to grab what they can.
Politically, we benefit, because parents like their free babysitting, and the typical union claims of being underpaid don’t garner sympathy, these days.