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Chicago Teacher Strike: Rewarding Failure (Guests: Tim Benson and Chris Talgo)

October 23, 2019

Policy Analyst Tim Benson and Editor Chris Talgo join the podcast to discuss the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike

The Chicago Teachers Union strike is a political gambit to reward the abject failure the CTU to educate the children of Chicago. Only about three in 10 district students are proficient in math and reading. They demand outrageous benefits such as affordable housing and a charter school moratorium. These completely skirt the democratic process around the democratic process on top of being completely unnecessary.

If Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools cave, average teacher salary would rise to $100,000 per year, force major tax hikes with the city, and a call for a bailout from every citizen across Illinois. 

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Lennie Jarratt is the former director of the Center for Education Opportunities at The Heartland Institute @LennieJarratt
Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @HeartlandGR
Chris Talgo is senior editor at The Heartland Institute and a research fellow for Heartland’s Socialism Research Center.