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Striking Chicago Teachers Afraid of the Press

Controlling the message

September 13, 2012

Watchdog reporter Ben Yount is on the ground in Chicago and captured the above exchange with striking teachers. The educators, who work for the nation’s third-largest school district, look to their union bosses for answers instead of thinking for themselves.

One man in the video warns a female striker about “right wingers,” but they ought to focus their attention on the parents, 350,000 students, and millions of everyday Americans who resent the entitlement mentality of the Chicago Teachers Union:

The district’s proposal softens an evaluation system that the union said could have put nearly 30 percent of CPS teachers on the path to dismissal if they didn’t improve their performance within a year.

The proposal made public Wednesday would allow those teachers to stay at their jobs indefinitely, as long as their scores didn’t dramatically decline after the first poor score.

The union would rather protect bad teachers than improve the lives of Chicago’s youth. In an out of control, corrupt city like Chicago, that should not be surprising.

Classes may resume as early as next Monday, assuming CTU officials fail to find another policy that would hold their members accountable.

The Franklin Center is holding a FREE webinar about education reform on Wednesday, September 19th, at noon ET with Bob Bowdon. Mr. Bowdon is the Executive Director of Choice Media, the internet’s first education reform news service. For more information, please visit this link.

Josh Kaib

Josh Kaib is a Citizen Watchdog Intern at The Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity.

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