Arne Duncan is long gone from Washington and longer gone from Chicago Public Schools, but even the six figure salaries1 he pushed for while commandeering the Department of Education aren’t good enough for striking Windy City teachers who expect us to believe that their long list of demands is all about the children.
Sometimes the truth really hurts. It can hurt more than a smack in the mouth or a remark made during a campaign debate, like Chris Christie’s comment about a prominent teachers union deserving a punch in the face. For a lot of us who live in union-friendly cities and states, a punch in the face would be infinitely more pleasurable than having another bite taken from our incomes.
The Department of Education is giving its all to turn the failure to achieve equity in education into a civil rights problem. Tossing the race card on the table was a shamelessly transparent follow-up to the release of civil rights data on inequality in school discipline (see: Universal Preschool: Civil Rights and Race, or Bad Kids?
Chicago Teachers Union efforts to forestall school closings have joined pension reform in an all-out war to make sure Illinois taxpayers drown in debt. CTU hopes it can win a July court battle to stop the closures while downstate the legislative session draws to a close with competing House and Senate pension reform bills.
What an embarrassment for teachers who do justice to their profession when fellow educators display their disrespect for this country by donning red shirts that summon Chairman Mao as they take to the streets in displays of civil disobedience. Thankfully, the new Chicago teacher protests over school closings spared us the sea of communist red we witnessed during last fall’s teachers’ strike.