Rich Are ‘Drinking Champagne’: Chicago Teachers Union’s Rambling Statement on CA Tenure Decision

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“Their time will come.” That was the promise Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis had for the “rich” tech “moguls” who are “drinking champagne” after California Judge Rolf Treu struck down tenure and other job protections for government school teachers.

Here’s Lewis’s rambling video statement in reaction to the ruling:

Lewis went on to assert that the rich are just jealous of teachers.

Specifically addressing David Welch, apparently the primary financial backer of the lawsuit, Lewis said:

“One of the reasons guys like this who have these jobs that don’t produce anything of value for people but they have to go find something else – there’s a lot of distrust and actually some jealousy of the fact that we do get to change the world on a regular basis every day. We do get the opportunity to educate children to change their lives and to make those relationships.

And there’s a certain amount of envy around those kinds of jobs. Where we actually create and do something meaningful with our lives. And this notion that, ‘oh, you want to be protected? You want to be compensated? You want to have pension benefits? You shouldn’t have any of that.

Lewis added she was disappointed at how easily the judge was swayed by “propaganda.”

How is Lewis and her union changing the world and what are they doing with the “opportunity to educate children to change their lives”?

Chicago Public Schools’ 2013 graduation rate was 65.4 percent. The school system issued a press release, boasting of the “record high” rate.

When the CTU went on strike in 2012, 20 percent of 8th graders tested proficient in math. Twenty-one percent of 8th graders tested proficient in reading.

Many on the political left have supported school vouchers for years


WASHINGTON, D.C. – There are a lot of “progressives” in America who want the public to believe private school vouchers and other school choice options were created by radical conservatives who want to privatize public education.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis told attendees at a recent “Rally to Defend Public Education” – sponsored by Progressive Magazine – that “we have to defend public education because it will slip through our fingers if we don’t.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to defend something that should be an inalienable right,” Lewis said. “Children should not have to shop for an education. That should be an insult to every single parent on the planet.”

Lewis and other progressives like Diane Ravitch, American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda Weingarten, domestic terrorist-turned-teacher Bill Ayers, and countless politicians across the country routinely paint school choice and vouchers as the favored tools of money-grubbing corporate school privateers.

In this ongoing war between these progressives and school reform advocates, Lewis told those at the progressive rally that “one of the most important things we can do as defenders of public education is to speak the truth.”

How’s this for truth: Progressive Democrats have a long history of supporting private school vouchers, and a growing number of modern progressives disagree with their anti-school choice peers.
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SPLC report labels Common Core opponents, including CTU’s Karen Lewis, as ‘right-wing extremists’

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is a “right-wing” extremist whose ultimate mission is to destroy “public education itself.”

That’s the takeaway from a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center which denounces the anti-Common Core movement as just the latest effort by the “far right” to discredit and dismantle public schools – the “linchpin not only of our prosperity but of the American ideal of equality for all.”

To review, Common Core is a set of experimental math and English learning standards that have been adopted by 44 states. Education leaders in those states – many of whom were appointed by governors, not elected by the voters – agreed to implement the nationalized standards after some serious arm-twisting by the federal government (via No Child Left Behind waivers and Race to the Top funding) and the deep-pocketed Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

But according to Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) “scholars,” Common Core is the organic result of state leaders coming together to figure out once and for all, by golly, how to improve America’s underperforming public education system.
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