Almost 40% of Chicago’s Public School Teachers Send their Kids Elsewhere to Learn

My friends, it’s high time for our society to stop the praise and worship of public school teachers. The fact is, they’re worse than politicians. The politicians are honest about cashing all those PAC checks. Public school teachers pretend “it’s all about the kids,” when in fact, if it were, there would be a nationwide revolt on the part of good public school teachers. Where is that revolt?

You hear far more about genuine political reform from within the political class. I am unaware of any large, organized or serious effort on the part of public school teachers to bring genuine student-focused change to how we structure taxpayer funded education. Why? Evidently too few of the good teachers have the brains or guts to act. So every day of the school year countless good teachers just continue to put up with an intolerable situation where millions of school children are ill-served.

From (emphasis is mine):

The Chicago teachers’ strike is an awkward dinner conversation between President Barack Obama and his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.   Many of the policy prescriptions in the new Chicago teachers’ contract designed to create more accountability are supported by the Obama administration.

As the Chicago teachers’ strike continues, we’ve learned that they make $71-76,000 a year and they turned down a 16% pay increase, which amounts to $11,360.  They work nine months out of the year, but say that this strike is benefits oriented.  However, given that ABC World News didn’t even air this story last Sunday and most of the media, with the exception of CBS, failing to mention the compensation statistics in their broadcast – suffice to say that the  media will probably ignore the fact that almost 40% of Chicago’s public school teachers send their kids to private schools.

I’m not against public education, but the fact that these teachers make enough to send their kids to private schools shows that Chicago’s public teachers are aware of the serial failure within the system.

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