Chicago Teachers Union Shuts Down Schools To Berate Governor For ‘Blatant Disregard For Children’
It’s for the children.
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten showed up in Chicago on Friday for a one-day strike organized by the Chicago Teachers Union to berate Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for “showing a blatant disregard for children.”
More than 20,000 Chicago teachers walked off the job Friday as part of the one-day strike, canceling classes for almost 400,000 students and causing considerable stress for countless parents.
“Gov. Rauner is trying to dismantle public education, and it’s just wrong,” Weingarten said in a statement sent to The Daily Caller. “The governor is showing a willful disregard for children by refusing to fund public K-college education through a manufactured crisis.”
“Gov. Rauner is pulling up the ladder of opportunity for our children and showing a blatant disregard for children,” Weingarten also told a throng of teachers at a Roosevelt High School picket line.
“We’re out here fighting for opportunity for kids,” the wealthy union boss added.
U.S. Census data shows that Chicago teachers are the highest-paid taxpayer-funded school teachers in America, according to EAGnews.org. The median salary for a Chicago public school teacher is $78,910 (compared to a median salary of $31,096 for all occupations in Chicago).[…]
Weingarten, a frequent critic of economic inequality, makes at least $360,000 per year — likely much more. This salary puts her squarely in the top 1 percent of all Americans.
She brings home at least $30,000 each month — or about $7,500 per week, or $1,500 per workday.