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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Tooele, UT

From the article -- "In Chicago, about 60 percent of public school students graduate from high school. The percentage who graduate from college before the age of 25 is appalling: somewhere around 6 percent."

And, for that, teachers make and average of $76K, plus benefits, for a 6-hour day and a 9.4-month year. The district offered a 16% raise over 4 years -- more than most Chicago taxpayers will likely see -- but the union demanded a property tax increase, to fund payment for the "extra work hours" above 6 per day.

Chicago's woes augur ill for us, if UEA/NEA leads us into Big Labor's brave new world of education "reform."

Mark B
Eureka, CA

"pro" shouldn't worry. Utah teachers will understand that morw schools have to be built, and that doing so means little or no pay hikes for them. They will continue to seek better working conditions in the old fashioned way - by leaving the state.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Mark B Eureka, CA

California, where the total state and local governments may be as much as $1 trillion in debt. Two major cities just declared bankruptcy and more are lining up to do the same. And then they want to tell Utah how to manage our finances.

Businesses in California are leaving for greener pastures in Utah and Texas where we aren't foundering under a sea of red ink.

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