Chicago Public High School graduation rate is 56%. That's a 44% failure rate. Maybe it has something to do with BAD TEACHERS.
In spite of the city being broke, taxing to the max already, draining all school reserves to put $ on the table, teachers already making more than double on average than parents, not including benefits, the teachers union decided to strike.
Chicago had the shortest school day of any major system with the highest salaries, higher than NYC, and a HORRENDOUS FAILURE RATE.
They're on the picket line. Charter schools will be open. As are Catholic schools. Naturally.
More. Reliably Dem Sun Times splits with unions. Editorial: Teacher union’s unwise ‘strike of choice’:
Even late on Sunday night, as Chicago School Board President David Vitale tried to reach Lewis, the union president did not respond to his cellphone text. Lewis says she didn’t see it as she worked the phones with national labor leaders.Earlier related editorial, Chicago Tribune: Editorial: A choice and a chance
...The teachers union turned down a pretty rich offer of a 16% pay raise over 4 years. Striking on evaluation and recall the mayor maintains is an illegal strike of choice.
Stay tuned. Will Rahmbo lay the hammer down?
More. Here's Karen Lewis, head of the CTU in action: Previous post:CTU out for blood, on strike