I do not understand how teachers think they deserve a raise. Average teacher comp in Chicago is $74K plus pension and health care for 9 months of work a year. Average family income in Chicago is just north of $30K.
This is a system that has a 40% dropout rate and 94% of those that graduate and go on to the Chicago Community College system need to take remedial classes to get them up to college freshman competency. Seems like they deserve a raise right?
Case in point.
Honestly, this was one of the things that I was hopeful about from an Obama Presidency. He made some very encouraging noises during his campaign about supporting school choice and increased teacher accountability but sadly toed the line of the teachers unions and killed the DC scholars program. If he were a conservative there would probably be stories about how much he must hate poor Black kids to deny them the chance to go to good schools like the one his daughters go to. I think school choice (I thought being pro-choice was good!) is one of the biggest home run issues for conservatives and not just for the fact that breaking the teachers unions deprives Democrats of one of their biggest sources of campaign contributions.
I also do not understand the rationale of clogging up the entire Loop to make a point. This happens during the illegal immigrant marches too, and it blows my mind. You think the best way to win people over to your cause is by making it impossible for the people who are working, whose tax dollars you are trying to hoover up, to go home, get lunch or go about their business in any kind of efficient manner.