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Chicago Teachers Union President: Strike is About ‘The Very Soul of Public Education’
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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 CTU’s 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. “Let’s 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. Let’s 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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chicago; obamaville; strike; unions
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Should be fired........
1 posted on 09/11/2012 10:00:58 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

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


2 posted on 09/11/2012 10:02:56 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Now a Chick-fil-A customer . . . God bless Dan Cathy)
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To: Sub-Driver

Karen Lewis obviously needs to start eating the Michele Mini-Meals that are now starving school children from coast to coast.


3 posted on 09/11/2012 10:03:55 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Sub-Driver
The strike is all about MONEY!

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.

4 posted on 09/11/2012 10:05:40 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


5 posted on 09/11/2012 10:05:48 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Sub-Driver

Reagan and PATCO.


6 posted on 09/11/2012 10:08:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


7 posted on 09/11/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT by TheDon (The Democrat Party, the party of the KKK (tm))
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To: Sub-Driver

Democrats War on Kids.


8 posted on 09/11/2012 10:10:07 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: Sub-Driver

Democrats War on Kids.


9 posted on 09/11/2012 10:10:27 AM PDT by sappy (criminaldems)
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To: Sub-Driver

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


10 posted on 09/11/2012 10:11:16 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Sub-Driver

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!


11 posted on 09/11/2012 10:11:56 AM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


12 posted on 09/11/2012 10:14:16 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: fatnotlazy

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.


13 posted on 09/11/2012 10:16:18 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


14 posted on 09/11/2012 10:16:26 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Sub-Driver

A bloated leader for a union with bloated salaries.


15 posted on 09/11/2012 10:18:25 AM PDT by The people have spoken
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To: A_Former_Democrat

82,981 of 132,502 Illinois Teachers Pay Nothing or Little into Their Pensions
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2701628/posts

Illinois’ credit rating downgraded after pension reform failure
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2924499/posts

Pension gap divides public and private workers (2007 article but timely)

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-20-pensions-cover_x.htm
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.


16 posted on 09/11/2012 10:18:50 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Sub-Driver
It sounds like Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis has her "SOUL FULL OF HOPE!"
17 posted on 09/11/2012 10:19:54 AM PDT by leprechaun9
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To: headsonpikes
It certainly is.

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.

18 posted on 09/11/2012 10:20:14 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Looking at the photos of the striking union members (and Karen Lewis), I think they also have a teacher size issue.


19 posted on 09/11/2012 10:20:51 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: sappy

A Downgrade for Illinois-The worst credit rating aside from California
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2924482/posts

democrap’s war on math.


20 posted on 09/11/2012 10:22:11 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Sub-Driver
The problem with public education in Chicago is the lack of families for the students. Tying the performance reviews to test scores is not a good idea for a lot of reasons. The main one is those kids coming from these shattered families (shattered by Welfarism) are virtually ineducable because of their lack of family support.
21 posted on 09/11/2012 10:22:51 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What a crowd of blood suckers!


22 posted on 09/11/2012 10:25:34 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Sub-Driver

Strike is About ‘The Very Soul of Teachers retirement fund’

The same can be said about the California props 30,32 and 38.


23 posted on 09/11/2012 10:30:04 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Sub-Driver

CTU President Karen Lewis

24 posted on 09/11/2012 10:30:54 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Sub-Driver

Karen would be right if the ‘Very Soul of Public Education’ was to provide incompetent middle aged women with well paying jobs...


25 posted on 09/11/2012 10:35:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading - T. Jefferson)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hard to find a soul when you haven’t got one.


26 posted on 09/11/2012 10:36:21 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


27 posted on 09/11/2012 10:36:21 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

that’s Jabba the Hut in drag, right?


28 posted on 09/11/2012 10:36:53 AM PDT by Gasshog
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To: Sub-Driver

Fire them. The kids there are not learning anything anyway. Put their ass on the street permanently.


29 posted on 09/11/2012 10:45:59 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Expand the Charter Schools.


30 posted on 09/11/2012 10:48:46 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Sub-Driver

Follow the money!


31 posted on 09/11/2012 10:50:29 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a communist what does that make you?)
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To: Sub-Driver

The striking union members are not getting paid during the strike, but guess who is - Karen Lewis, the Queen of Pigs.


32 posted on 09/11/2012 10:53:22 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Sooo what is really going on here? Liberals on strike against the children? Who is going to fix this crisis? Mechell, Rahm, or bjClinton? The liberals have many players that could ‘save’ this and pacify these greedy do nothings and get out that vote.
33 posted on 09/11/2012 10:56:59 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

She, obviously, is not a starving victim of the Chicago Board of Education.


34 posted on 09/11/2012 10:58:35 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

CTU President Karen Lewis - Fieldmarshal in the Democrats’ war on children and taxpayers.


35 posted on 09/11/2012 11:03:09 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


36 posted on 09/11/2012 11:04:24 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Pink wine and pretzels.)
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To: Sub-Driver
This strike has absolutely nothing to do with education, children, families or even schools.

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.

37 posted on 09/11/2012 11:07:12 AM PDT by detective
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Strike is About ‘The Very Soul of Public Education’

Education??

What education?

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!

38 posted on 09/11/2012 11:15:00 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

She is probably striking because the 32” doors are too small for her to get into her office. Reminds me of the first wookie.


39 posted on 09/11/2012 12:08:20 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 ("It's better to vote for a Republican you don't know than wind up with a dim you don't like".)
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To: NEMDF
A very situation, IMHO.

Huh?

40 posted on 09/11/2012 1:46:07 PM PDT by houeto (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: houeto

A very situation, IMHO.

I don’t know, fill in the blank. Sad, troubling, predictable, corrupted... lots of words would work.


41 posted on 09/11/2012 1:50:03 PM PDT by NEMDF
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Should be fired........

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?)

43 posted on 09/11/2012 2:18:42 PM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society -- but dangerous for the fool --)
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To: Tzar

Very little of the education debate has anything to do with educating children. It is mostly about money, political posturing, and self aggrandizement.


Comforting, knowing this crowd has now taken control over our health care system. :(


44 posted on 09/11/2012 2:23:39 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Tzar

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.


45 posted on 09/11/2012 2:37:54 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: headsonpikes

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.


46 posted on 09/11/2012 2:41:40 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: arrogantsob

The soul of a government union is a cancer to all tax payers; disband them all.


47 posted on 09/11/2012 2:43:50 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

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.


48 posted on 09/11/2012 3:06:57 PM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Clearly not a photo of an aerobics class. Mochelle should jump all over this.


49 posted on 09/11/2012 3:10:18 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: arrogantsob; Anoreth

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.


50 posted on 09/11/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Pink wine and pretzels.)
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