Yesterday Chicago’s School Board decided to close 50 public schools due to “declining enrollment” as well as failing to meet a certain level of academic success. The closures were also enacted to close the city’s $1 billion dollar deficit. This school closure is the largest by one district in the nation.
Keep in mind this is the same city who several months ago, gave a considerable raise to the city’s teachers during contract negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union. The city’s teachers- who make on average $76,000 per year- received a double-digit pay increase spread over the next three years, which doesn’t include other salary increases and benefits such as cost-of-living wage increases and more.
As a result of the negotiations the teachers were able to overcome merit-pay accountability, a lack of increased teacher evaluation and safeguarded a recall policy for those teachers who had been laid off (prior to yesterday) due to school closures.
The renegotiated contract between the CTU and the city will cost Chicago an additional $74 million per year, contributing to the billion-dollar deficit.
Must be nice getting paid with no accountability relating to job performance.
So Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, negotiated with the CTU for an increase in teacher pay and benefits knowing the city was deeply in debt. This would be laughable if it didn’t affect so many disadvantaged children. So would the fact that the CTU “marched” protesting the school closures, as if their renegotiated and inflated contract had no impact on the decision.
And by the way, the only reason this despicable union “marched” in “protest” of the school closings wasn’t because of the many poor children affected. The CTU “marched” because the teachers they represent lost their jobs- nothing more, nothing less. Teachers unions are called that for a very explicit reason- they represent teachers, not students.
It’s disgusting that these leeches (CTU) would use the very children affected by the school closures as political shields to deflect their complicity in this fiasco.
If that weren’t enough, Emanuel has plans to contribute $70 million of public money to help finance a new stadium for DePaul University.
And here I thought elected Democrats cared about the poor, blacks, and education- even poor blacks getting an education- until they have to choose between them and an opportunity to collect (more) tax revenue.
And unfortunately, these same poor and disenfranchised folks will re-elect the same charlatans again and again.
Again, it would laughable if this pathetic situation weren’t affecting children.