Meet Karen Lewis, the Union Leader at the Center of the Chicago Teachers Strike

Fighting against the famously sharp-tongued mayor of Chicago is Karen Lewis, a relative newcomer to union leadership who now commands an army of 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation's third largest school district

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks at a news conference outside the union's headquarters in Chicago on Sept. 9, 2012

Rahm Emanuel, the famously sharp-tongued mayor of Chicago, may have met his match in Karen Lewis, a relative newcomer to union leadership who has taken a hard line against the city’s reform efforts. As head of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Lewis commands an army of 29,000 teachers and support staff in the nation’s third largest school district. She taught high school chemistry for more than two decades and is known for being blunt. Last week, after 10 months of negotiations between the union and Chicago Public Schools failed to yield a new contract, Lewis called the mayor “a liar and a bully” and on Sunday threw a dig at charter schools, saying “real schools” would not be open when union members went on strike yesterday. 

The issues up for negotiation in Chicago are similar to what is being debated in many school districts nationwide as new teachers’ contracts are hammered out in an environment that increasingly favors reforms like factoring student performance on standardized tests into teacher evaluations and disavows policies favored by educators like teacher tenure and a “last in, first out” approach to layoffs that prioritizes experience over all other teaching qualifications. CTU members say they are fighting for a “fair contract,” one that includes better benefits and working conditions as well as a teacher evaluation system they agree with and a way to recall recently laid-off teachers when there are new job openings. On Sunday night, union representatives reportedly rejected a contract that included a 16% pay increase over four years, opting to go on strike less than a week after the new school year began. As a result, instead of heading off to school on Monday, teachers formed picket lines as libraries, churches and other organizations struggled to help keep the district’s 350,000 or so students safe (and out of trouble).

(MORE: 5 Things to Know About the Chicago Teachers’ Strike)

While the issues are inherently contentious, especially when the school district is facing a budget deficit of $3 billion over the next three years, part of the fight may have something to do with the hot-headed personalities behind it. As one Chicago alderman put it the relationship between Emanuel and Lewis is like “gasoline and fire.”

But while much is known about the former White House chief of staff, his opponent is newer to the national stage. Lewis has served as the head of CTU since June 2010. Prior to becoming union president, she was a high school chemistry teacher for 22 years. She has teaching in her blood—both of her parents were teachers in Chicago and so was her husband, who is now retired. She grew up attending Chicago’s Kozminski Elementary School and Kenwood High School. For college, she started out at Mount Holyoke College and transferred to Dartmouth College, where according to her bio on the union’s website, she was the only black woman in the class of ’74. “People are impressed,” Lewis said in a speech last fall at a teachers union conference in Seattle. “Let me tell you, I spent those [college] years, smoking lots of weed, self-medicating.”

“I’m sorry, there are kids here,” she added as some audience members chuckled, “I wasn’t supposed to say that, right? Too late.”

(VIEWPOINT: Why The Chicago Teachers’ Strike Talks Must be Made Public)

Since assuming the role of CTU president, she has been outspoken about favoring teacher tenure and student equity while opposing merit-based pay and the privatization of public education. Emanuel isn’t the first public official she has lashed out at in public. At her Seattle speech last fall, Lewis mocked Education Secretary, and former Chicago Public Schools chief, Arne Duncan, imitating his lisp. (“Now, you know he went to private school ‘cause if he had gone to public school he would have had that lisp fixed,” she said on stage. “I know – that was ugly, wasn’t it? I’m sorry.”)

Despite, or perhaps because of, Lewis’ bold, if unpolished, approach, Chicago magazine wrote earlier this year that the union members were “solidly behind her” as she positioned herself as a “potential roadblock to Mayor Emanuel’s efforts to remake Chicago’s public schools.” The magazine also included Lewis on its 2012 “100 most powerful Chicagoans” list.

While Emanuel, who according to the Chicago Tribune has not been at the negotiations table because of “bad blood” between him and Lewis, called the strike a “strike of choice” on the same night that Lewis called the strike a “education-justice fight.” All eyes are on Chicago to see which of them gets the last word.

Kayla Webley is a Staff Writer at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @kaylawebley, on Facebook or on Google+. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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BRM5114
BRM5114

And to think that Chicago's previous Senator (Obama), looks the other way, as gang and drug violence kills thousands of Chicago children each and every day! The President has turned his back on Chicago and its' people! He should be ashamed! But then, Chicago doesn't fit in with his agenda of destroying this country!

BRM5114
BRM5114

If things keep going with the unions destroying Chicago, Chicago will become the next Detroit!

Total unemployment, everyone killing each other, homes in depressed ares bulldozed to the ground.

Rahm Emanual has done nothing to curb crime! Get rid of him too! Hire Rudy Guiliani (NYC Mayor) as your Mayor and he'll turn that city around for the good!

BRM5114
BRM5114

Get rid of Karen Lewis and her followers! Run her out of town! Don't even let her stop to get her belongings!

BRM5114
BRM5114

NO MORE UNIONS! NO MORE STRIKES! JUST EDUCATION!

Parents can do a better job of educating our kids!

Parents should march on the schools, take them over, and replace all of the union-teachers (interested only in their Unions) with NON_UNION teachers who truely want to educate America's children!

BRM5114
BRM5114

Barry

This woman should be arrested and prosecuted for inciting that the "rich should be killed" because they won't give up their money to "equalize" society, in her latest speech! She is a socialist just like her union members and Obama!

Talendria
Talendria like.author.displayName 1 Like

This woman symbolizes everything that's wrong with public education.  She has no values.  She's insincere.  She values teacher tenure over student outcomes.  Until we get her and everyone like her out of our schools, our children are doomed.  The fact that she advocated drug use in front of children should've been sufficient grounds for dismissal.

zznoname
zznoname

Another thing we haven't talked about are the principals of the elementary schools.

At $120,00+ per year these position are basically a political appointment. OK. Not every single principle is "appointed" but simply getting in line requires the "who you know" method.

Yes, the local school council has to vote and interview, but that's usually never a challenge for the candidate. 

Second. Believe it or not, but many, many principle don't like to work that hard. The biggest chore they currently have is making the budget work. Much of the "other stuff" is done by the assistant principle.

Many elementary school are lacking in basic teaching tools - a buddy told me the school did not have a photocopy machine. I'm guessing a closer look would reveal many similar situations.

I've heard of principals that "almost never" visit the classrooms or are often "off at meetings" during the day. 

Yes, principals have enormous responsibilities but many of the those responsibilities have to do with money. What's new?

valmach
valmach like.author.displayName 1 Like

 From what I read, she is former doped up, still  Obese ,  rude mouthed walking health disaster. pretty much sums up why 30,000 teachers would choose her to be their leader..  

zznoname
zznoname

 OK. Did you ever do drugs.? Been drunk off your ass? Have you calculated your BMI?

How about reveling Karen's 20+ years as a CHEMISTRY teacher?

Don't know about your experiences, but chemistry is hard. OK. Fun but HARD!

I never met a stupid math person. Strange and weird, yes... but that's subjective anyway.

No one can deny Karen has some brain muscle and that's a good start for any project.

CPSparent
CPSparent

CTU protects teachers. But who protects kids? Poor CPS kids, no one really cares!

Stop the strike, go back to school, kids are frustrated and upset. Kids are waiting for you back.

 

an angry CPS parent

zznoname
zznoname

 It's not uncommon for a union to protect it's members.

For the money they  pay in union dues, I'd be pretty mad if they didn't.

The teacher protect the kids.

Can people say with a straight face that teachers don't have a vested interested in their students lives?

Does anyone here remember their relationship with teachers as they grew up?

Teachers were a "best" friends. Especially in elementary school. We all loved our teachers and felt the love back.

Teachers are the last line of defense for children. If the government (for whatever reasons) bails on their parents. School boards cut budgets (no more music and recreation) and parents forget about pushing their children to learn, it's the teachers that create a safe place in the classroom, and stimulate children's minds.

Have you really met an elementary school kid that was not "in love" with their teachers?

Teacher's protect children, Same now as when we were kids.

Talendria
Talendria like.author.displayName 1 Like

Are you being sarcastic?  My son had nine teachers in elementary school (6 classroom, 3 electives), and only three of them inspired respect, let alone love.  The other six were abusive, resentful, cynical, and disorganized.  That's a 66% failure rate.  Public schools need to start disciplining and/or firing bad employees, and they can't ferret out the bad ones in the absence of objective evaluations.

zznoname
zznoname

 What elementary school did your son attend?

pointus
pointus

You don't know what you're talking about. Instead of bashing teachers, why not learn the real situation. For one thing, the $77k INCLUDES all benefits, before taxes.

pointus
pointus

Moniker: imbeciles like 18235 show just how much brain damage is done to the human brain by a steady diet of Fox news.

Shane Hill
Shane Hill

Wow....she is one large lady....looks like she isn't suffering from low pay or anything...zoinks...

ank47
ank47 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Karen Lewis is an ignorant woman whose outrageous comments is not share by most teacher.  One who barks the loudest is the one who does the least.  She is a poor representation of the many fine teachers in the CPS.

ted2640
ted2640

Egg them where they stand in front of the schools

ted2640
ted2640 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Fire them all and rehire new grads and those that will work for a fair wage and benefits

ted2640
ted2640

EGG THEM, 77000 A YEAR, 41000 RETIREMENT, I WORKED FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND DONT EVEN GET CLOSE TO THEIR PAY AND BENEFITS..............

ted2640
ted2640

Egg the strikers and show them how we feel about their strike, EGG THEM TODAY

ted2640
ted2640

Egg the striking teachers, show them how we feel about their strike, their pay and benifgits are great when com[pared to the rest of the working people of chicago. EGG THEM AND SHOW THEM WHAT YOU THINK OF THEIR STRIKE.

earl hickey
earl hickey

I notice the article does not mention that the Chicago Public School system has a $665 million budget deficit this year.  Next year the deficit rises to $1 billion.  In 2014 , CPS has another bill coming due of $334 million for pension contributions.   Eventually this strike will be settled but the question still remains as to where CPS will get the money to pay for what has been promised .  these kind of budget deficits cannot be closed just by operating more efficiently or trimming fat and waste .  Some new sources of revenue will have to be found and there will have to more revenue coming in from existing sources.  In other words , taxes will have to go up and there will have to be some new taxes.  I predict that a City of Chicago income tax will be proposed with one year and the tax will be on the incomes of anyone who lives or works in the City.  That means taxing the suburbanies who commute to Chicago.  I could be wrong .  Maybe the only increase will be in the City's sales tax.   However sooner or later  there has to be some sort of tax increase because otherwise none of this works.

earl hickey
earl hickey

Lewis called the mayor “a liar and a bully” It takes one to know one.

Carlie Roach
Carlie Roach

shes fighting against a system that doesnt work.  peformance based pay only leades to jelousy, cheating and the refusal to have kidsof a lower iq or performance in your class. 

Teachers should be happy to teach but if they are forced into jumping hoops then there is less focus on teaching kids for knowledge and focus on teaching kids directly for the exam/assignment making kids knowledge very narrow and less informed. 

Performance based pay is the begining of the end.

You want your kids to be smarter don't you.  Not just pass an exam.

BRM5114
BRM5114

Yes, we have to pay them well if we want our children to have a good education...BUT, we also have to get rid of dead wood....teachers that care more about their career than the children they teach! And unfortunately today there are far too many that are more concerned with their careers! FIRE those and rewards the ones that go out of their way to educate and that participate in the quality of education!

Harvybing
Harvybing

Wisconsin teachers and public service unions found out the hard way that they could not trust Obama.  When push came to shove, Obama was no where to be found.

Wisconsin teachers were left Twisting In The Wind while Obama flew Air Force One around the country and partied with his fat cat buddies in $40,000 a plate fundraisers all over the country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Imagine the pain of being left waiting for his assistance after Obama had made you such a SPECIFIC PROMISE!  Waiting for assistance that NEVER CAME.

On at least one occasion, Obama flew directly over Wisconsin to neighboring Minnesota, where as Wisconsin Teachers struggled in the trenches, Obama partied the night away with millionaire campaign contributors.  Might give you as little insight into exactly what Obama REALLY thinks of union members. They  are mere pawns to be used for HIS purposes.

Now Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel is persecuting teachers in Chicago.  And Obama sits idly by and does nothing to help teachers. 

And now we discover that Obama confidant and ally Andy Stern is facing criticism from dissidents within his own union that he sold out union workers.  Stern has also taken an unpaid position on the board of directors of the Broad Center, which critics allege is hostile to teachers’ unions. (Along with Stern, the center's board also includes former Obama economic advisor Larry Summers, former Democratic Congressman turned bank lobbyist Harold Ford Jr., and former Louisiana state Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek, who is

infamous for using the devastation from Hurricane Katrina as a means of converting public schools to charter schools and pushing voucher programs.)

http://inthesetimes.com/workin...

The Broad Foundation also sponsored the notorious anti-teachers'-union movie, Waiting for Superman. After the election of Barack Obama and the appointment of teachers-union foe Arne Duncan as Secretary of Education, Broad told the Wall Street Journal that his vision of education reform was possible because "the unions no longer control the education agenda of the Democratic Party.”

Now Watch as Jay Carney, The White House Spoeksman says that "The president has not made any opinion about this incident"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...

Who will dare report on the Democrat's WAR ON TEACHERS?

mahlstick
mahlstick

Looks like Rahm may have met his match, eh? A prissy, foul mouthed ballet dancing, Obama loving white thug going against a foul mouthed Obama loving, fat black tub-0-goo both having no idea of what it takes to run an organization in the real world.  Since Godfather is Obama's former mouthpiece responsible for the current disastrous state of the U.S., he's now seeing first hand and up close how his marxist brethren react to any attempt to rein in spending and increase accountability in their jobs.  Just like Obama is doing now to the country.  Good riddance to all of them.................

earl hickey
earl hickey

 Karen is on the Marie Antoinette diet :  "Let them eat cake".  she gets most of her exercise pushing salads away.

indiausa
indiausa

I agree with Max Edward Goins. Top Teachers who teach 11th and 12th classes[Math,Physics and Chemistry] in India are paid $6000/month. Offcourse they are private schools. I do not think even Private Schools in  America pay their teachers such pay. Bansals[Kota,Rajastan] and Sri Chaitanya College and Narayana College[Southern India] pay their teachers such good pay. Offcourse there is difference between India and USA. Teachers in India are revered and treated as Heros.Students dont dare to talk ill or give back answers to teachers in India. If they do they are suspended from school. Unfortunately, we do not see that in USA. Teaching is a tough job in america. Students here have no respect for teachers and elders. Its tough to handle such students without parents help.

indiausa
indiausa

I agree with Max Edward Goins. Teachers in India who teach 11th and 12th classes are paid $6000/month. Only the Top Teachers[Math,Physics and Chemistry] at Bansals[Kota,Rajastan] and Sri Chaitanya College amp; Narayana College in Southern India pay their teachers such salaries!!!Teachers are revered and treated as Heros in India unfortnatey we do not see that in USA. The Best should be paid top pay !!! I can accept manufacturing companies and transportation companies having unions but not teachers. I think america is the only country in this world where there is union for teachers. I am sure most of the teachers who are on strike are not that talented. Because the bright and talented never go on strikes!!and also the bright and talented will be respected by parents and students alike

18235
18235

20 million illegal aliens in usa----must be tens of thousands out of that bunch that can read from a textbook for elementary school kids.

reagan got rid of the air traffic controllers who went on strike---and air traffic controllers need more brains than any dumb school teacher.

OBAMA CAN GET SOME MORE ILLEGAL ALIEN VOTES BY FIRING ALL THE GRINGO CHICAGO TEACHERS----AND REPLACE THEM WITH ILLEGAL ALIENS AT FIVE DOLLARS AN HOUR.

spoton101
spoton101

 That would be a great idea. These rabble rousing no good unionized fools need to go.

Vman45
Vman45

Looks like she'd rather eat kids than teach them...Being a semi retired tradesman I know Unions protect and promote laziness...It a given in the trades, that the fatter the lazier and the dumber...Still,l the union protects them while somebody else has to carry their lazy asses...I think she's a puke, or maybe that's what she needs to do after eating and stuffing her mouth...It's obviuos she didn't teach nutrition huh!

18235
18235

looks like she likes to eat dogs with a side order of kenyan rice.

Vman45
Vman45

I think she'd rather eat kids than teach them...I'm a semi retired tradesman and it is common knowledge...The fatter they are, the lazier and the dumber they are...Fat and dumb need Unions to still get promoted for seniorority alone, while doing less, contributing less and all the time, wanting more for doing it...She's a puke...Hey, wait a minute...Maybe that is what she needs to start doing!...She surely isn't going to work it off now, is she!

Papa493
Papa493

There's stupid ... and then there's Vman45.

Growney
Growney

The biggest issue is the union members don't want to be held accountable for their performance...they have something in common with Obama...

BRM5114
BRM5114

Exactly! And yet we still voted him a second term!? When will we ever learn?!

zznoname
zznoname

 The city wants to evaluate the teachers on student scores. Seems logical but reading between the lines:

You see.. if the teacher are mainly evaluated on student scores a

certain amount of teaches (6,000 according the CTU) will be at risk 

only because they teach in seriously impoverished, dangerous, crime and

drug ridden schools. These are students that get their only meals of the

day provide by the CPS. Teaching students with generations of poverty

is at best difficult. Yes you can improve the scores but to match scores

the well fed students with proper home life is near impossible. So..

the teacher do not want an evaluation based solely on test scores when

so many students in Chicago come from these areas.

What's constantly amazing is how regular people continue to believe

and support issues backed by corporations, politics and big money over

their peers.

Read more: http://nation.time.com/2012/09...

superlogi
superlogi

Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey and now, Illinois.  I'm having fun watching the train wreck.

TPS12
TPS12

Hum she apparently doesn’t subscribe to MO’s dietary plan,

she can make fun of a person with a lisp and it’s ok to tell children in the audience

she did drugs a lot in college.  I guess

being a democrat and black anything goes.

I wonder how many people working in Chicago will be getting

a 4% raise each year  for the next four

years not to mention all the other perks including having off all summer!

She must be one of those teachers OB refers to who built

this.

Mahmoud hadipour dehshal
Mahmoud hadipour dehshal

Why is not Obama speaking about the strike?!  It is time he showed how he would support American students especially Middle Class children!!

OK, Mr. President! We are all ears!

BRM5114
BRM5114

Obama doesn't care about education in Chicago...it does'nt fit in his agenda to bring down America! He would rather rub elbows with his holywood freinds!

Maybe Chicago citizens will realize whom they voted for as President!

zznoname
zznoname

 It's not uncommon (as in.. never happens) for the President of the United States to get involved in local school board matters.

Besides jurisdiction it's a no win politically.

Just saying.. you have many civic layers before the President.. the local school board, the city, state legislature, house and senate seats and of course the local courts.

Max Edward Goins
Max Edward Goins

Real teachers are the ones still working.  Real teachers don's need a union to protect slackers.  Real teachers protect themselves with their performance.  To a real teacher, students come first.

  

Carlie Roach
Carlie Roach

Real teachers have a union to represent them when they know they are getting screwed over

LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 The flip side of slacker protection is grade inflation, cheating and nepotism at schools.

 There need to be a balance.

bwshook
bwshook

 That's great logic, Max.  But I don't believe judging a teacher's performance based on certain test scores of his/her students is appropriate.  Most teachers who have a student who scores consistently lower scores will set time aside to work with the student, and help them get past the hurdles.  That's how it went with me--I had consistently low scores in math in high school, and I couldn't figure out why.  Then I went to college, and during my second quarter a professor of economics recognized my problem with math.  His son had the very same problem.  He and his wife developed a 4-part learning session to help their son--they were so successful, his son now teaches math in Jr. High.  Dr. Robert Yost took me aside and offered to put me through the course, and I accepted.  In less than two weeks, I could solve just about ANY math problem with ease.  And so I agree that a real teacher puts the students first.

zznoname
zznoname

 Also... posted below:

The city wants to evaluate the teachers on student scores. Seems logical but reading between the lines:

You see.. if the teacher are mainly evaluated on student scores a

certain amount of teaches (6,000 according the CTU) will be at risk 

only because they teach in seriously impoverished, dangerous, crime and

drug ridden schools.

These are students that get their only meals of the

day provide by the CPS. Teaching students with generations of poverty

is at best difficult. Yes you can improve the scores but to match scores

the well fed students with proper home life is near impossible. So..

the teacher do not want an evaluation based solely on test scores when

so many students in Chicago come from these areas.

What's constantly amazing is how regular people continue to believe

and support issues backed by corporations, politics and big money over

their peers.

The rehiring thing is simple also. If a school is closed or whatever and a teacher is laid off, the union - as is currently in the contract - wants the teachers to go into a pool of teachers that the principals have to hire from. The city want's to allow the principal to pick any teacher they want citing they principals should be allowed to pick the best available.

Long story short. The principals have a budget and being allowed to hire NEW TEACHER instead of experienced (also know as higher salary 'cause they have been in the school system longer) will save them money.

That's it in a nutshell. It's about a new teacher costing less than an experienced teacher and we all know lower salaries employees are best for the bottom line.

Joe Maxwell
Joe Maxwell

While I agree standardized testing is flawed, teachers wouldn't be evaluated only on those tests.  The current proposal is for test scores to make up 25% of the teachers evaluation, increasing to a max of 40% over the next several years.  

Also, I do believe more money needs to be funneled to CPS, but instead of giving teachers a 16% raise over the next four years when they already make on average $75K a year, maybe that cash would be better spent putting in AC units in poor south side schools, better after school programs ... stuff like that which the teachers are also complaining about.  And remember the huge budget hole this city and state is in.  Where's that money gonna come from?  My taxes, that's where.  And I'd rather it not go towards overpaid, under-performing teachers who hide behind the union instead of taking responsibility for their own job performance.  What other job gives you a 16% raise when you're already the 3rd highest payed person there but are 5th from the bottom in terms of performance (graduation rates)?

zznoname
zznoname

 Yeah.. the elephant in the room. There is NO MONEY. But that never stopped government from spending.

The performance numbers have to be interpreted from the pool of students.

All of the three mega cities (and others) New York, Los Angeles Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia have LOW TEST scores.

This is nothing new when the majority of the students come from the most impoverished communities in the whole United States.

Generational poverty really hurts the scores.

zznoname
zznoname

 Yes... up to 40%, that's why the CTU is saying laid off in two years.

Keep in mind the 16% raise is based on a 2% straight raise and the "lane raise". Remember.. the teachers also get more money for the number of years in the system up to 12 years (pretty sure it's 12).

Meaning. each year.. or whatever..  the teachers currently get a little more money in their paychecks for the number of years they have worked. They call is a "lane". I saw the chart somewhere but can't easily find it now.

Anyway.. Taking away the "lane" increases was something the CPS wants to d0 and of course the CTU do not want. But the 16% includes the "lane raises" that the teachers currently get and something INTERESTING.... teachers that are outside the "lane", meaning have worked so long (I think it's 12 years or more) no longer get a "lane" raises so they will not get the full 16%.

But.. again.. it's not really about the money.. this evaluation thing is much bigger.

zznoname
zznoname

 The Chicago Charter school do not have to follow the same laws set forth by the Illinois legislature. That's the allure of corporations and the city.

Strict reporting of student drop out rate and educational requirements are some of the useful tools charter schools use to pump up results.

Meaning.. only keeping the kids in school that score well. Cherry picking you might say. Chicago Public Schools don't have that luxury.

Keep in mind, charter school are set up by corporations but paid for with government dollars.

Corporations have long loved going to the public trough for money and charter schools are consider another great source of getting money transfered from public funds to corporate accounts.

The city pays the corporate charter schools X amount of dollars per kid and all the corporaton has to do is make sure their expenses are less than the city pay 'em. The rest is profit.

Again.. Not having those pesky state educational laws to mess with helps with the bottom line. Pretty good investment I'd say.

ank47
ank47

ZZnoname- ha ha, you must be working for the union.  Good luck selling your strike to the American Public.

pointus
pointus

Zznoname: wingnuts like ank47 don't know how to search. They get their ignorance straight from Fox News amp; Rush Limbaugh.

zznoname
zznoname

What was written above that is not true?

Do a search about charter schools. It's all there. Many have much less than the public school. Remember.. it's all about a fixed cost per student and the corporation having expenses coming in lower than that. Please.. do a search.

ank47
ank47

The charter schools are preparing their students  for the real world.  You perform or go home.   

pointus
pointus

In the past, a public education was a right enjoyed by all. Now you're saying it isn't?

God bless Ms. Lewis for FIGHTING the corporate takeover of our schools!

Kathleen Trotter
Kathleen Trotter

So what's the plan?  Embarrass the President during an election season so he'll lean on Emanuel to give in?  It sounds like blackmail for profit and the victims are Chicago's citizens. http://WinforGoDaddy.webs.com

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