Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis' latest rant has me wondering what determines if a person is considered rich anymore. Lewis stated, "When will we address the fact that rich white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African-Americans and Latinos, no matter what the parents’ income or education level?”
But couldn't someone making one-third more and working one-third less than the average Chicagoan be considered rich? According to the CPS website, 49.3 percent (11,482 of the 23,290) of CPS teachers are white and make an average of $72,000 a year for a 181-day school year. I was never really good at math, but I found this to come out to nearly $400 a day or $300 a day after taxes, or $1500 a week or $6000 a month with two full months off for the summer.
To me, these numbers say CPS already has several “rich white people” deciding what's in the best interest of African American and Latino children. I have to wonder if Lewis can possibly alienate any more people the next time she rants.
— Walter Brzeski, Chicago