Chicago Teachers Union sends Chicago Public Schools "over the cliff"

"The CTU is negotiating a contract with the board and is willing to work with anyone, but these political appointments are telling us a lot about where the mayor is taking our schools, which is over a cliff." -- Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey commenting on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointment of Forrest Claypool as new CEO of CPS.

No, Jesse, it's the Chicago Teachers Union that has sent Chicago Public Schools "over the cliff."

Sharkey is complaining that another financial guy instead ("another non-education, business-style manager") instead of some kind of education expert has been appointed to try to get the wreck of a school system back on track.

But if you look at what caused the school's deeply imbedded financial problems, you have to point toward the CTU, with its bloated pensions and benefits. Oh, and never mind that if the products of Chicago public schools can't read, that the teachers themselves might have had something to do with it.

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