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September 16, 2012
A tale of two teacher's strikes
Chicago Teachers are on strike. 35 miles north of Chicago there is also a teachers strike, in the tony suburb of Lake Forest.
In Chicago, the teacher's average compensation is circa $71,000 per year. The average household income in Chicago is around $46,000.
In Lake Forest, the average teacher compensation is around $106,000 per annum. The average household income in Lake Forest is about $200,000.
In the Chicago instance, the teachers are well above the median income, yet still want more from those who make less.
In Lake Forest, the teachers seem to think that if they are teaching the kids of those who make 200K a year that perhaps they should be making something closer to that number.
Each of these strikes is absurd, but in different ways.
To expect more taxes to come from those who make less than you so that you may make more money must be questioned. Chicago is broke. And it is wonderful theatre to watch Rahm Emanuel cross swords with the Teachers Union. Additionally, these teachers are striking under the following circumstances.
Now turn to Lake Forest. Lake Forest is not broke. Neither are the teachers. At an average of over $100,000 a year, no, for 9 months, they are handsomely compensated.
But it seems this city is going to hold its ground. Thousands of applicants for teaching in the Lake Forest school system are rejected annually. All presumably willing to work for less than the six figures currently paid. Filling the teacher ranks would be done in short order.
In Lake Forest, with all the compensation for its teachers, the Football Team has to do fund raisers for helmets and pads. No room in the school's budget apparently.
So the Chicago teachers, already compensated beyond the norm, are attempting to get blood from a stone. And the Lake Forest teachers must be suffering from a delusion that school can't go on without them. How wrong they both are.
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