The Chicago teachers union is asking for a 30-percent raise over the next two years. Most Chicago parents, of course, are forced to send their kids to some of the worst schools in the country, unless they are well connected (like Mayor Rahm Emmanuel) or hit it big in the school lottery. So do the teachers deserve a 30-percent increase? No, more like a 30-percent cut, especially in this economy.
But I’m feeling generous this morning. How about if we give them their 30 percent, and then, at the end of the two years, hold them strictly accountable for a 30-percent increase in results (test scores, graduation rates, etc.)? If they measure up, they can keep the money. If they don’t, taxpayers get to fire them and start over.
Somehow, I don’t think the union will take that deal.