We get letters.


Spoken from the Ivory Tower of an academic.


Dear Anon,

I’m not exactly sure that Ivory Tower is the best description of a Kindergarten through fifth grade Art room. But I’ll go with it.




How are we going to pay for this???? Or better put….where is the money going to come from??? The rich??? That is not going to work!

-Look in the mirror

Dear Look,

You have it backwards. The rich’s money will work fine. It is the rich that don’t work.

– Fred



Only 2 percent of Chicago teacher salaries goes toward their very lavish pensions. The average CTU salary is 51 percent higher than Chicago’s median household income, which is estimated at $46,877. Unfortunately, this will not stop CTU from crying poverty when they walk out of their classrooms in 2016.

-This is interesting

Dear This,

My lavish teacher pension is a few thousand dollars above what the City of Chicago requires to receive a low-income property tax reduction.

Most of the CTU bargaining issues are not related to compensation, but teaching conditions. Current teacher compensation falls way below what those with similar college degrees and experience receive in the private sector.

The ones crying poverty are not the teachers.

Chicago teachers are still waiting for 4% pay raise they were promised and didn’t get from a few years ago.


2 Replies to “We get letters.”

  1. Dear Fred,
    You are kind to tolerate the ignorance and envy of these letter writers. It is well beyond me. I particularly take offense at the pension letters where someone else claims to be “paying” for teacher pensions. Others complain that teacher pay is “too high”. They really have no clue.

    I sometimes wonder how those who write these letters are employed. What do they get paid? What do their tax bills look like? I wonder what it must be like to be one of their children. How do they arrive at the conclusion that their compensation is “earned” while our compensation is somehow a “gift of the taxpayers”? How do they find it in any way appropriate to make these false claims about us?

    We both know that no one pays for your pension but you. You earn it by working for 35 or 40 years. Compensation belongs to the worker who earned it, not to the employer who hired them. Pensions are earned and owed deferred compensation for work previously completed. It is not some gift bestowed upon the employee by a benevolent employer.

    Applying the logic of these posters to their own earnings and benefits would lead to some some equally foolish conclusions. These writers don’t seem to pay anything near the total cost of the benefits they receive. Shouldn’t something be done about that?

    These letter writers receive free health care benefits, free life and health insurance benefits, free vehicle use, free cell phones, etc. all paid for by those who purchase the products and services sold to the public by their employers. They only pay a small portion of the cost. The rest is included in the price we pay. Some even get “free” money put into their 401K plans.

    Why should these “lavish” benefits be given by their employers? Shouldn’t the rest of us get lower prices instead? They are getting these benefits at our expense! Something should be done!

    These writers make many of the same claims about teachers. Somehow we are getting “undeserved benefits” as “gifts” from the taxpayers. (We don’t count as taxpayers by the way.) Shouldn’t these letter writers be treated like they want to treat teachers?

    Somehow they don’t ever apply their arguments about teacher pay and benefits to themselves. Some of these people would complain if teachers were paid a dollar a year. It seem to be is a lot more about disliking teachers than anything else. Or Is it a case of “misery loves company”? Who knows?

    The venom of these “useful idiots” only hastens the race to the bottom for all of us They should stop spewing lies about teachers rooted in their own envy and spite. We deserve what we earn just like they do.

  2. Dear This is interesting,
    You noted that a Chicago teachers average salary is higher then the median income in Chicago.
    You forgot to note that while roughly 24% of workers in this region have a 4-year college degree, 100% of the teachers are 4-year college graduates.

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