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Monday, September 10, 2012

Liberty Redux: Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis Makes Fun of Arne Duncan's Lisp, Is Sad When People Make Fun of Her

This piece originally ran November 15, 2011, but since all of America is cheering on the teachers of Chicago who turned down a 16% pay raise, I thought it might be fun to take another look at who is in charge of the education of Chicago's children.

By the way:
  • Average Chicago teacher salary before benefits = $76,000
  • Median salary of average Chicago private sector employee = $46,877
  • Current Chicago unemployment rate = 10.6%
  • 40% high school drop-out rate
  • Major disagreements revolve around teacher evaluations and charter schools 
  • 15% of 4th graders are proficient readers
  • Chicago schools spend approximately $13,500 per year per student
None of this is about the children of Chicago. It is about power.


Watch the video and the answer the question:

LINK TO NBC 5 Chicago Video of CTU President Karen Lewis.

CTU President Karen Lewis and
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:
 doing what's right for Chicago's children
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis thinks makes fun of Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech impediment, and then tears up when talking about an unflattering cartoon of her in the Chicago Tribune. In her speech, Ms. Lewis also talks about the large amount of marijuana she smoked while attending an Ivy League college in the 70s because she was the only black woman there.

This is:
  1. Fun to watch two denizens of Big Education turn on each other
  2. An example of the hypocrisy of Big Education and Big Labor in general
  3. An an example of a rapt union audience having moral turpitude by not booing a bully
  4. An example of a person who clearly should not represent anyone for anything
  5. All of the above

EXTRA CREDIT: Read more about Karen Lewis's self-admitted "ugly words," the backstory between Arne Duncan and the Chicago Teacher Union, and Ms. Lewis' completely sincere apology to Mr. Duncan: Click Link for EXTRA CREDIT.

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