Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Strike in Chicago: Ignorance & arrogance

Just when you thought organized labor  couldn’t get any more ignorant or arrogant, Chicago’s 29,000 unionized teachers  went on strike Monday.

The first strike in the nation’s third-largest  school district in 25 years kept nearly 400,000 students home — or roaming the  streets. Rallying teachers blocked some of those Windy City streets.

Chicago teachers, already with the highest  average salary of any city at $76,000 (not including benefits), walked off the  job after rejecting a 16 percent pay raise over four years that would cost  taxpayers an estimated $400 million.

And that was offered by a district facing a $1  billion deficit by year’s end.

But the major sticking point is said to be  changes to the teacher-evaluation system. The union says it places too much  emphasis on student performance. In a district in which just more than half of  students who make it to their freshman year of high school actually graduate. In  a district in which a mere 15 percent of fourth-graders are proficient in  reading.

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