Chicago Teachers Union Shuts Down Schools To Berate Governor For ‘Blatant Disregard For Children’

Chicago-Strike-550x367It’s for the children.


Via The Daily Caller:

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 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.


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