Just How Ridiculous is The Chicago Public School Strike? The Numbers Don’t Lie

As you listen to representatives for the striking Chicago teachers whine about how unfairly they are being treated, consider these numbers from Fox Business Channel’s Varney & Company:

Chicago teachers have the highest average salary of any city at $76,000 a year before benefits.
The average family in the city only earns $47,000 a year.
Teachers pay only 3 percent of their health-care costs.
Out of every new dollar set aside for public education in Illinois in the last five years, a full 71 cents has gone to teacher retirement costs.
Just 15 percent of fourth graders are proficient in reading.
In 1987, 43% of incoming Chicago freshmen would drop out of high school without graduating.
2012: Chicago’s freshmen drop-out rate is 39.4%, the lowest it has ever been.
Only about 60% of Chicago high school students graduate compared with national average of 75%.

Source: Chicago Sun Times: 1987 teachers strike is an ugly lesson for Mayor Emanuel; 9/9/12
Source: Reuters: Chicago teachers, school officials resuming talks to avert strike; 9/9/12
Source: Chicago Public Schools System CPS.edu

Yes, that’s right, Chicago serfs. Even if you are lucky enough to have a job, you probably aren’t making $76,000 a year before benefits. Wait…God love ya…what am I talking about? You don’t have any benefits, so why even mention that.

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