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As Chicago Teachers Strike, 79 Percent of Students Can't Read

bigkam Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 4:10 PM
As a teacher, you couldn't pay me $100k a year to work in a city like Chicago. When you are working with those types of inner-city kids, its not a career, its a calling. That is why so many large cities are at huge teacher shortfalls each year. Reading over the issues that are being brought up by teachers on the picket line, it sounds like some have some legitimate concerns. I hope that my fellow conservatives will not simply write those off.
Nana82 Wrote: Sep 11, 2012 4:36 PM

I empathize with those concerns. Most of them I lay at the feet of the far Left. They won't allow teachers to discipline. Principals won't back them up. School boards won't back up Principals. And the ACLU has exerted pressure to give students "rights" like an adult on private property. You can't look in their locker, have them drug tested or fail them!

Those inner city schools are gang factories. Students aren't safe. Teachers aren't safe. But giving them more money won't solve these issues.

And striking in this day is a JOKE!

It's day two of the 26,000 unionized teacher strike in Chicago. More than 400,000 students are still without their classrooms and apparently, without any reading skills. From CNSNews:

Seventy-nine percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80 percent are not grade-level proficient in math.

Once again, let's revisit why the teachers are on strike. First, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel dared to try and tie teachers to standardized testing scores and proposed evaluating . Second, teachers aren't happy...