Though the violence in Chicago often makes front page news, the circumstances that potentially influence it are often not discussed; chiefly among them, education — or, in the case of one high school, the lack thereof.
Today, World-Star Hip-Hop, known primarily for posting violent encounters and extremely profane footage, discovered a diamond in the rough. A young student from Chicago’s South Shore, obviously fed up with her music instructor not teaching the class, loudly and aggressively demands that he provide “something [she] didn’t come in with, an education.”
The girl refuses to sit down or leave the class when the teacher tells her to do so; instead she gets even louder, reminding him that teachers went on strike for money and now “[they] don’t want to teach.”
As previously reported by NewsOne:
With an average salary of $76,000, Chicago teachers are among the highest-paid in the nation, and the contract outline calls for annual raises. But some teachers are upset it did not restore a 4 percent raise Emanuel rescinded last year.
Emanuel pushed for a contract that includes ratcheting up the percentage of evaluations based on student performance, to 35 percent within four years. The union contends that does not take into account outside factors that affect student performance such as poverty and violence.
The union pushed for a policy to give laid-off teachers first dibs on open jobs anywhere in the district, but the city said that would keep principals from hiring the teachers they think are most qualified.
Watch an AP News report on Chicago’s striking teachers here: