Thousands of striking teachers rally in Chicago

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  • ComSen1 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Fact: about 60% of CPS teachers send their kids to private school. They obviously have little faith in their system. They don't use vouchers, either. Vouchers aren't available in Chicago. I'm sure the teachers' union has a lot to do with that. Higher enrollment means more money for taxpayer-funded schools they so respect.

    According to ABC News, the average CPS teacher salary is $71,236, while the Census Bureau says the median HOUSEHOLD income in Chicago is $46,877. That's right, the teachers make almost $25,000 MORE than the average HOUSEHOLD in Chicago.

    They were demanding 30% raises over 4 years, but now it's down to about 16%. That would bump their average salaries up to about $83,000, or 70% more than the Median HOUSEHOLD. Where would this money come from? Taxpayers, and Chicago is broke.

    Obviously, the teachers aren't all going to donate their salary increases to build libraries and buy more texts, which is what "Reverend Jackson" said is the problem. Many teachers I know already have to purchase too much for classes. So what's the real problem? Unions and corruption. And this won't solve anything.

  • EJM Herriman, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 9:50 a.m.

    Say no to Bo: one third of our students miss school on a regular basis during a given school day. When are they going to accept their responsibility to attend school? When are parent storing to realize that what Johhny and Susie tell them about school is not the truth? When are teachers going to have to own up to the fact that sometimes we are our own worst enemies? The strike is about part of the future of education in America.

    Student test scores should be part of the evaluation process. Student attendance rates should be part of the evaluation process.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 16, 2012 5:32 a.m.

    Rest assured, all of this is for the kids and it will empower our children to stand up and fight for their rights and freedoms, whether they are school teachers on novelist or government leaders.

    Unlike others who sit back and wither away as cowards who will not stand up and be counted and demand wages commensurate with their living conditions and prosperity. Those who wait for government to hand them their prosperity are the real losers who are making life in the US sub standard and poverty ridden. Its for the children and education to demand higher wages and incomes so parents can feed children breakfast before they go to school.

    These people standing up for their right for a higher standard of living will pay more taxes to schools, welfare, and unemployment and the needy. What do all these people who don't pay taxes and can't live without welfare contribute to their schools and other government services? Nothing.

    Organized labor is our salvation and road to prosperity and economic growth so don't put down what these people are providing for those who are not organized.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 15, 2012 8:53 p.m.

    Of course, the settlement had to wait until AFTER the protest. It would seem anti-climactic to have the rally with a contract in hand.
    Perhaps this delay in the name of showboating will backfire on them. Time will tell.
    Rest assured that none of this is for the kids.