Skip to comments.Chicago Teachers Union President: Strike is About ‘The Very Soul of Public Education’
Posted on 09/11/2012 10:00:55 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Chicago Teachers Union President: Strike is About The Very Soul of Public Education By Matt Cover September 11, 2012
(CNSNews.com) Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis told a Labor Day rally last week that the teachers strike that began on Monday was not just about the CTUs salary demands, but about the very soul of public education.
Speaking to a labor day rally on Sept. 3, Lewis said that the fight between Chicago Public School (CPS) officials and the CTU over how large a raise teachers would receive over the coming years was not a fight she or the union picked, noting that instead it was a fight for the soul of government-run education.
This fight is not about Karen Lewis, she said. Lets be clear, this fight is for the very soul of public education not only in Chicago, but everywhere.
Brothers and sisters, we did not start this fight, Lewis said. And I do want to correct something -- Karen Lewis did not get a strike vote. Lets be clear: that was the hard work of every single member of the Chicago Teachers Union. (Her quote starts at around 2:30 into the video.)
The CTU went on strike on Monday, Sept. 10, after rejecting CPS officials offer of a 16 percent raise spread out over four years. Both sides had reportedly agreed on a longer work day for teachers; the current day ends at 3 p.m.
At issue are CTU demands for a hire-back policy for laid-off teachers and CTU opposition to tying teacher performance reviews to student test scores, in addition to the size of teacher raises.
Approximately 350,000 Chicago students remain locked out of their schools as the strike continues on Tuesday.
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It’s about the “very soul” of their wallets
Every urban public education district in the Nation is an absolute disaster. These people are the selfish 1%, the 99% students are the victims
Karen Lewis obviously needs to start eating the Michele Mini-Meals that are now starving school children from coast to coast.
Never believe a union person it the media when they cite those non-economic issues. They are bogus. Issues like the longer school day and class size magically resolve when enough money is paid out.
It certainly is! And a black and gnarled soul it is.
Drive an oaken stake through the heart of public education and our civilization might survive.
Silver bullets and garlic might also be helpful in subduing the beast.
Reagan and PATCO.
If you don’t report for work, you are fired.
In a down economy they won’t have much of a problem filling the positions with qualified instructors. And the former teachers will regret their poor judgement as they join the ranks of the unemployed.
Democrats War on Kids.
Democrats War on Kids.
What a crock! This has everything to do with poor teacher performance and feeding their union. They should fire all of them and rehire at lower salaries ..way overpaid
Obama best not allow Karen Lewis to pick him up like the weight lifter in Ft. Pierce did; she may crush him. On a more of a polite side, who want their kids under her grab of thuggery. What a representative for quality education. Rah! Rah! Rah!
Yes, now it is CLEAR that the “very soul of public education” equates to “how to get more salary and benefits to the teachers and unions”.
A very situation, IMHO.
The class-size “issue” won’t disappear any time soon. It’s simple arithmetic (even public school grads can figure it out): smaller class sizes = more teachers = more union dues.
So the highest paid, least performing teachers rejecting a 16% raise during the worst economic time since the Great Depression and striking is the soul of public education?
That is an evil soul.
A bloated leader for a union with bloated salaries.
82,981 of 132,502 Illinois Teachers Pay Nothing or Little into Their Pensions
Illinois credit rating downgraded after pension reform failure
Pension gap divides public and private workers (2007 article but timely)
You can bet the politicians will be looking for ways to steal the 401k savings of the non-government retirees to fund the bloated benefits of the government retirees. The former group has nobody to defend them. The latter has politicians and unions feeding at the trough.
They just released the test results that shoed the 79% of the * grade students these losers teach can't even read, much less do math.
They are striking because a 16% pay raise is not enough when they are already making an average of $76,000 per year before benefits which include health care and retirement.
This is so egregious that it has to be a set up - create a huge story in the media and Obama step in and get the union to concede to “only” a 10% raise.
A Downgrade for Illinois-The worst credit rating aside from California
democrap’s war on math.
What a crowd of blood suckers!
Strike is About The Very Soul of Teachers retirement fund
The same can be said about the California props 30,32 and 38.
CTU President Karen Lewis
Karen would be right if the ‘Very Soul of Public Education’ was to provide incompetent middle aged women with well paying jobs...
Hard to find a soul when you haven’t got one.
I told my boss this morning that I didn’t think my performance should be judged by how many goods that I ship are returned for warranty repairs. He just grinned, shook my hand and showed me the door.
that’s Jabba the Hut in drag, right?
Fire them. The kids there are not learning anything anyway. Put their ass on the street permanently.
Expand the Charter Schools.
Follow the money!
The striking union members are not getting paid during the strike, but guess who is - Karen Lewis, the Queen of Pigs.
She, obviously, is not a starving victim of the Chicago Board of Education.
CTU President Karen Lewis - Fieldmarshal in the Democrats’ war on children and taxpayers.
I wouldn’t let a child I hated sit in a class with those huge, violent, evil-looking women ... and I don’t have any children I hate.
This strike is the latest battle in a vicious struggle between Democrat politicians and union bosses for control for the huge sums of taxpayer money that supposedly are allocated to “education”.
The dollar amounts are in the billions. There is no requirement whatsoever that after millions of dollars of taxpayer money per student are spent over a 15 to 20 year period that the student learn any useful skills. There are no requirements that he be able to complete real job duties competently or even know how to read and write proficiently and do everyday math calculations.
None of this matters in the least. The point is unless you favor spending billions of dollars on failed, useless schools you are accused of being heartless and hating children. And if you want any assurance that any of this money is being spent efficiently you are told to shut up right now.
The truly ironic part is that almost all of the students not attending school are either doing something just as useful or more useful than sitting in school learning nothing. Maybe they are helping around the house. Maybe they might actually read something and learn something.
While the power brokers and politicians are pontificating about how much they care about children and brag about what a great job they are doing, hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer funded resources are being wasted.
Most expensive yet one of the worse systems in the country and on top of that they are complainig because it is requested that they work 7 hours a day!!!
We desparatley need those voutchers for medical AND educational!
She is probably striking because the 32” doors are too small for her to get into her office. Reminds me of the first wookie.
A very situation, IMHO.
I don’t know, fill in the blank. Sad, troubling, predictable, corrupted... lots of words would work.
Yep. Fire them all. Hire anyone who can read, speak English, and stay awake the whole class period. Hire any recently fired teacher who wants to work for a living. Drop any student above 12 that won't buckle down.
(Just wondering if there are any real teachers who are already unemployed. Any at all?)
Very little of the education debate has anything to do with educating children. It is mostly about money, political posturing, and self aggrandizement.
In Chicago the Teachers Union has been a critical component of the Democrat machine for decades. In fact, the whole District is and has been used for political purposes long before I got here.
It is interesting that this internecine fight has blown up at an apparently very bad time for that machine. My feeling is that Rahm provoked this fight to face down the union and win more power for himself. It also interestingly seems to say “f. u.” to The Disaster’s political needs as well.
I also note that he has removed himself from The Disaster’s campaign operations claiming to move over to a PAC which supports The Disaster. However, that PAC will continue on after The Disaster and he may be positioning himself to use it for his (Rahm) own purposes. Does he foresee a defeat for The Disaster and the need to build up his own political machine?
The time the union is on the picket lines is time it cannot campaign for The Disaster. If he was concerned about Nov my thought is that he would have dragged out these negotiations until after the election before bringing on a strike.
There is no problem with public education that is not the result of the People themselves. Ninety percent (or more) of our armed forces are graduates of public schools.
Until the People start listening to leaders of worth there will be no improvement in education.
The mirror is the first place to start looking for answers.
The soul of a government union is a cancer to all tax payers; disband them all.
The right of association is a constitutional guarantee.
However, I would support taking away the right to strike from these unions and making every state Right to Work.
Like most things the problem is when institutions seize too much power.
Clearly not a photo of an aerobics class. Mochelle should jump all over this.
Gunner Anoreth is a product of home education from age 4. (Until then, she went to St. Francis Episcopal baby school.) If she’s not shooting something, she could tell you what she thinks about her peers’ education.