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Epic fail: This school’s prom theme shows how messed up public education has become

Epic fail!

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From Chicks on the Right:

An investigative reporter by the name of Chuck Goudie posted that on his Facebook page, to show just how wretched that school is.  It’s on the south side of Chicago, in one the most impoverished and dangerous areas of the city. Only 6 out of every 10 freshmen graduate.

And the average teacher salary in the Chicago Public School system?  SEVENTY SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY.  The teacher’s union there negotiated 17% raises for themselves over the last 3 years.  And these are the results.

And that’s another reason that I want to punch unions in the face. And it’s another reason I want to punch people who are opposed to school choice in the face.

Meanwhile, 79% percent of the 8th graders in the Chicago Public Schools are not grade-level proficient in reading, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and 80% are not grade-level proficient in math.

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  • Eric Perez

    Weel, thiz dosn’t surpese mee. Younynz mez ervythin up.

    In all seriousness though, the Union served the purpose, a century ago, of protecting workers from employers prior to worker protection laws, prior to things like OSHA. The Union is obsolete, and to survive decided to turn into a CANCER on our economy.

    • derek

      Eric, I am not a fan of Unions, but they do protect people that are good employees as well. The Union helped get my brother’s job back. He has worked for the same company for many years and has been a stellar employee. He had a wreck in the company vehicle that was said to be his fault so he lost his job. The Union was able to prove that it was indeed not his fault, so he was able to get his job back.

      • Chuck Werner

        Glad your brother has a job, but I get a little tired of always hearing the story of the ONE person that it worked out for as an excuse or the thousands or millions of lives they hurt through their cancerous existence.

        • MANofSTEELE

          Totally agree with you Chuck. His brother could have fought that battle himself. Unions no longer serve a purpose and are more of a problem than an asset.

          • joefromnc

            That’s EXACTLY what the corporations want you to think!! Well done sheep!!! I’m sure his brother by himself would have had no problems against that company’s team of layers…. (rolls eyes)

          • David Sheldon

            What makes you think unions are being truthful joe? Unions fill everyone’s head full of BS too. They make you think they are there to represent you,yeah as long as you pay the dues they will represent you,but stop paying those dues and see what happens. I can tell you this much,if it comes down to them deciding between the union’s survival or you,I don’t think I have to tell you what’s going to happen there do I?

          • eric

            know your facts before you go spouting off as a former union rep the union has to represent you whether you pay dues or not believe me i had to represent plenty of the freeloading scumbags

          • David Sheldon

            I do know one thing,if you don’t pay your dues you won’t be part of a union too damn long will you?

          • Joseph Slabaugh

            Layers of what? Public school education at work?

        • Matt Smith

          Chuck you need to lay off the Faux News. Cancerous?? I’m sure the corporations legal department would never drag the process out for months trying to bleed his brother dry while unemployed looking for work. That is why you have unions, they provide legal help to workers in a legal system that would bleed them dry, in addition to providing political power to group of people that otherwise don’t possess the clout of say the Koch brothers. People hate unions (ie conservatives) because it provides a voice to other side and they will do anything to try and stop them including this smear of an article. I would like to know who is going to teach at an inner city school without the incentive of decent pay and benefits. You also have to consider $76,000 is not a lot of money living in the city of Chicago, it might be in sticks, however cost of living is a factor for setting wages. Oh yea that prevailing wage,…..courtesy of unions :-)

          • Beachnut

            I’ve seen My company drag cases out for over a year until that person had no other choice but to get another Job! And we are a Union however the employees at my facility know our Union always get paid off by the company, Unions do not help people out the way they used to they just want your dues to support their political candidate. And for the record I do not support Public sector Unions all they do is rape the tax payers!

          • blaqe

            Hold your tongue before you speak on my behalf. I am conservative. I believe unions are good as long as they have limits. Unions are a form of blackmail, withholding labor until they get what they want. They are very good at getting what they want, regardless of whether or not what they want is actualy for the good of the people they claim to represent. Unions are just like corporations, they want money and profit, They extort it from the corporations they attack.

            Some unions are good, they don’t overreach and they serve their constituents in an honest way, but most unions use it as a method of personal gain, which hurts their constituents because they are bleeding money/resources from the employer of said constituents, which in turn means layoffs or lack of profit which means the end of the company and their jobs all togeter.

          • Joseph Slabaugh

            Hostess comes to mind as an example.

        • johnny…q

          Isn’t it possible the “one” stories aren’t heard as much due to the drama obssessed culture that you are succumbed to that blame unions for all failures in industry and workforce nation wide???? I’m a proud member of the 500k me members of the UAW. And I’ve found that most people on the outside of union are either blamers of the union due to lack of knowledge of it…or are jealous of it due to not being a member themselves. Could it be…maybe…that the south side of Chicago has more issues with families….and students and not just the Union. I personally wouldlike to see you teach those kids for 30k a year. Is it possible….just maybe….that the above card was intentional for an inside meaning that only the students involved knew?? I see no other spelling errors on the card and the format looks professional……is it also possible they sent the cards to be printed at an outside print shop who made a spelling error?? Lots of possibilities and your response is that you hate unions…………,..??????!!!!!??!?!?!?!?!

      • dwiseman

        He could have fought that battle himself. There are laws that all employers must abide to.

        • joefromnc

          Right. Corporations always follow the law!!!! Jeez!!!!

          • blaqe

            Just like unions!

            Don’t you get it? Unions are just another group of people, like corporations are. They care only about themselves, and how they can get more profit(money) for themselves.

      • Jerry Hoffmann

        I agree with the others…. that was your brother’s fight to fight. Why does he need someone else to fight his battles for him? Please don’t take that as combative or insulting, that’s not my heart at all. It’s just an honest question.

        I had a long talk with a union employee on a trip to Colorado a while back who made the same argument, that his union had saved him when he was falsely accused of something. At the end of the discussion it was clear… he was dependent upon them to fight his battles for him and he didn’t want to man up and do it himself… and sadly, the union had convinced him he couldn’t ‘man up’ because he was powerless to do anything about it without their help. Which is utter and total bullcrap. That’s what labor laws are for. The union is just playing him to justify and finance their existence. They serve no real purpose anymore.

        • Jerry Hoffmann

          What was funny is this same guy– who is an air traffic controller in Colorado, was complaining about a co-worker of his that had made a series of mistakes, the latest one almost caused two passenger planes (20-30 passengers each) to collide head on when he directed them in a head-on collision path mistakenly.

          This big pro-union dependent guy was lamenting how crazy it is that that guy didn’t get fired, and he’s worried that he’s going to kill someone if they don’t get rid of him. But the union fought his battle for him, and the guy can’t be fired…. the company is afraid of the union. In this situation, contrary to the first, there a no laws that would prevent the incompetent and dangerous employee from being fired for his incompetence. But the union’s intimidation and coercion tactics keep this guy in a job, and you and I little bit less safe when we fly through Colorado.

          • joefromnc

            What a great STORY with no evidence to back it up. It MUST be true!!!

          • Jerry Hoffmann

            I have to provide evidence of a conversation I had for you to believe me.

            Yeah, Um, OK. Then I wasn’t talking to you, you don’t want to hear anything beyond your current beliefs anyways. How very open minded of you…

          • joefromnc

            Pretty much.

            I had a conversation yesterday with this tea party guy, and he wouldn’t stop about how awful unions are and how they should be wiped out. Then I asked him; Aren’t YOU a union member?

            Well, his tune definitely changed then, well not MY union of course…..

            (see how easy that is to just come up with random BS0

        • Beachnut

          Agreed!

      • DaveF_3500

        Wrongful terminations lawsuits are fodder for the tort law industry. Without the union, your brother would have had to choose among a dozen lawyers lining up to offer to represent him on a contingency fee basis. A tort settlement would have done more to prevent future unfair terminations than a dozen union settlements.

      • gjsmith_62

        Public sector vs private sector, do you recognize the difference?

      • Eddie frOly

        People that are good employees don’t need protected. Unions have pushed all American manufacturing overseas because of legacy costs and protecting useless employees.

    • SweetWaterGringo

      All you have to do is look at what states like Michigan and Wisconsin have done to its workers and you can see that unions are not obsolete. There are abuses by employers of workers all the time and it’s no accident that the destruction of the unions has coincided with the decline of the middle class in the US.

      • Kenyon

        LOL it was the Unions that destroyed workers in Michigan not the companies.
        -Former Michigan Worker.

      • Ted

        The unions are the reason for the failure of the auto companies and the manufacturing sector as a whole. As far as Wisconsin goes, the public sector employees were making wage and benefit packages that were unsustainable. The State of Wisconsin would have gone bankrupt if there had not been changes.

    • ErynnSilver

      The onyl reason my husband isn’t working 16 hour days 7 days a week right now is his union contract. The idea unions ahve ‘served their purpose’; is a corperate LIE being spread to render workers without protection.

      • Ted

        The reason I can’t work 16 hour days, 7 days a week is my union contract. I would love to work overtime, but my union prevents it.

      • Eric Perez

        I don’t know where you are, but I know here in Texas, Union or no, that kind of work week isn’t legal. Unions are out for themselves, laws that would protect workers from employers that are logical in nature never get passed because the Unions threaten politicians, because it would push the Union’s power further down. They ARE obsolete, in that they no longer serve their proper purpose and instead are self-sustaining and self-interested entities that make their living off the labor of others.

    • john

      I disagree, take the construction field. When a large project comes along, there is not one company that could produce enough skilled workers to get them done. The Union produces large quantities of skilled workers without unions places like the new world trade centers could not be built.the only time people have a problem with unions is when they are on strike and conveniences that you are used too mess up your day. I can count thousands of people unions have helped.

      • maybefree

        Look to New Jersey as an example. How long did it take to get power back? Remember the electricians (on their own time) heading there to help? They were turned away by the unions. Or the BP oil spill the unions stopped other ships from helping clean up the oil. Unions are hurting the average person because of protectionism laws. The same is true of teachers unions. But I did hear the SCOTUS overturned tenner laws.

    • Ted

      I am forced to be a union member to work in my chosen career. We have a hard time getting rid of ineffective or incompetent employees because they are protected by the union. At the same time, the best employees cannot get merit raises due to union pay scale, and promotions go to less qualified employees with more seniority.

  • CPT

    It really seems that the printing company should have caught this? Unless it was like a Snapfish-type service that warns you that you are responsible for any and all typos? I CANNOT STAND grammatical errors like this.

    • Matt Mcneill

      In fairness. I got stein in high school. School name, graduating class. Asked that it say Semper Fi and somehow got it back Semper Phi. One’s Greek one Latin. WTF?

      • Andy Hooper

        So they thought you were in a College Frat before you graduated H.S.? Go Semper Phi Omega Pi Delta Zeta House… HOO-RAH!

        • Matt Mcneill

          I guess..

    • richard

      i can’t stand grammatical errors either… they jump out at me…
      As four the printing company catching this, its reely not there job too do that.

      • Marlo Miller Ricciardi

        for

        • richard

          keep going… lol

          • Tim

            your grammer errors our reely anoyin

          • Gino Koreman

            Their is sucker borne every minute….:)

        • steve

          …their job…:)

        • http://www.meganlara.com Megan Lara

          Wooooosh!

      • Gail

        Four, reely, there and too? You mean really, for, their, and to, right?

        • http://www.facebook.com/yahoo#!/profile.php?id=100000534460823 Sarah_Nichole

          You forgot “Its.”

      • Don Krudop

        PLEASE tell me your typos were intended as sarcasm……

    • DaveF_3500

      Regardless of who should have caught it, it is a sad reflection on the state of public education. Presumably the printing company employees are a product of the public education system.

      • CPT

        You are correct, sir. Apparently it’s a vicious cycle…

  • Andrew Tucker

    Teachers unions have been known to take the side of pedophiles over students. Unions have no place in this country at all if the only people they can protect are those who deserve to be cast out.

    • derek

      I am not a fan of Unions, but they do protect people that are good employees as well. The Union helped get my brother’s job back. He has worked for the same company for many years and has been a stellar employee. He had a wreck in the company vehicle that was said to be his fault so he lost his job. The Union was able to prove that it was indeed not his fault, so he was able to get his job back.

      • Jerry Hoffmann

        That was your brother’s fight to fight. Why does he need someone else to fight his battles for him? Please don’t take that as combative or insulting, that’s not my heart at all. It’s just an honest question.

        I had a long talk with a union employee on a trip to Colorado a while back who made the same argument, that his union had saved him when he was falsely accused of something. At the end of the discussion it was clear… he was dependent upon them to fight his battles for him and he didn’t want to man up and do it himself… and sadly, the union had convinced him he couldn’t ‘man up’ because he was powerless to do anything about it without their help. Which is utter and total bullcrap. That’s what labor laws are for. The union is just playing him to justify and finance their existence. They serve no real purpose anymore.

        What was funny is this same guy– who is an air traffic controller in Colorado, was complaining about a co-worker of his that had made a series of mistakes, the latest one almost caused two passenger planes (20-30 passengers each) to collide head on when he directed them in a head-on collision path mistakenly.

        This big pro-union dependent guy was lamenting how crazy it is that that guy didn’t get fired, and he’s worried that he’s going to kill someone if they don’t get rid of him. But the union fought his battle for him, and the guy can’t be fired…. the company is afraid of the union. In this situation, contrary to the first, there are no laws that would prevent the incompetent and dangerous employee from being fired for his incompetence. But the union’s intimidation and coercion tactics keep this guy in a job, and keep you and I a little bit less safe when we fly through Colorado.

    • SweetWaterGringo

      Families have known to take the side of pedophiles too. Shall we ban them?

      Making sure that an employee has adequate legal defense is a good thing.

      • DaveF_3500

        Are you suggesting that unions are emotionally crippled and irrational because of their close and intimate relationship to pedophiles?

        • SweetWaterGringo

          No, of course not. What a ridiculous thing to say.

          • DaveF_3500

            Then why are you analogizing unions and families of pedophiles? If the reasons for the behavior of unions and the families of pedophiles is different, the analogy fails completely and was ridiculous to suggest.

  • John Bonham

    Teachers’ Unions are a good thing but they need to seriously up their standards. A competent, qualified and dedicated teacher should be able to teach with relatively little fear of job termination. It’s a shame that their unions are so much more interested in having the teachers in their fold collect a paycheck vs educating our children.

    • dwiseman

      Tenure needs to stop. School vouchers that parents could choose their child’s school would motivate teachers to do their JOB, educate!!

    • James Beggs

      I do think that if an employee either violates a major rule or is constantly violating the employers rules the unions should have the integrity to stand back and say “there is nothing we can do for you” regardless of how much time an employee has with the company. Most of the company’s rules are not difficult to follow and ensure the successful operation of that company. furthermore, company rules are not really that burdensome.

  • C Bauer

    HOLEY CARP!

  • Edgar Castelo

    “-Are we not Men? -We are DEVO” Or, Common Core.

    • nostudme1

      Mmm, nnn, mmm.

  • Robert Rivera

    “Idiocracy”, the movie by Mike Judge, has become reality, you’re a genius Judge, you called it.

    • Andy Hooper

      Hank Hill: Well… heh heh I’ll tell you what, that school ain’t right.

  • john w. burns

    those girls are not from the south side of chicago

  • realist

    Apparently most of the teachers & staff aren’t grade-proficient in reading either.

  • Dawn Pannozo Weston

    Too bad someone didn’t edit the critic’s text.

  • Jc Cesanek

    i would like to think that just maybe, they were doing it wrong on purpose, kind of tongue in cheek, but nowadays who knows

  • asphinctersayswhat

    Maybe they are pirates?

  • Xypher2000

    private unions are fine, that is a companies choice to use them, public unions like the teachers unions should be dissolved, that is taxpayers paying them.

  • SweetWaterGringo

    It is an unfortunate error, but the author shows a definite error in logic in citing one example, as if this spelling/grammatical error is enough to convict the whole system. It’s called a “fallacy of insufficient sample.”

  • Conservative Mark

    Maybe it was a pirate themed prom?

    • Memento Mori

      There is no E in ARRRRRR!

  • raisinblown

    Our you serious?!!

  • Gerard Neumann

    An old journalism saying referring to headline writing: Nothing is worse than making a fool of yourself in 48 point type.

  • annebeth66

    This is not the fault of the students at the school, but the company that printed the tickets.

    • DaveF_3500

      Are you supposing that the printing company workers were not educated in public schools?

      Aren’t the students taught how to proofread?

  • Micheal A. Moss

    Trash Unions all you want but the concept is a perfect one . It just gets a little messed up when greedy people get involved , ON BOTH SIDES. But for you in the “he could have fought that himself” crowd next you get accused of something, you don’t need a lawyer or any advocacy at all you can do it yourself. Professional intervention is never needed, You can fight your own battles right? A person who represents himself generally has a FOOL for a client.

  • bjean

    Blame the unions if you want. They served their purpose once and still would be a good addition to some businesses (Walmart comes to mind). Just don’t blame the teachers. I worked for several years in Detroit Public Schools; believe me, they’re worth every cent they get. Students come to school hungry, unwashed, and in dirty clothes. They’re late because no one got them up in time, and they seldom — if ever — complete and turn in homework. I worked in buildings where roaches and mice were a common occurrence, I bought my own supplies as well as paper and pencils for my students. Children with educated and employed parents fare the best; they understand where hard work can get you. Many parents spend all day lying around watching TV in a darkened room, and when the kid come home, they do the same. I used to beg parents to give their kids books as gifts instead of video games — even magazines (Highlights, SI for kids, etc.). The TV is on 24 hours a day, even during meals. Teachers can’t overcome the laziness and ignorance chosen at home.

    • Magdelene Monaco

      God Bless you for your service to disadvantaged children. Your account is truly heartbreaking to me. ; (

    • Bongo Bob

      Sorry, but I DO blame the teachers!

      By not setting standards and seeing that they are met… by not insisting that kids do show up for school on time… by not insisting that all homework assignment are turned in on time… by not insisting that children show up for school washed and in clean clothes… you enabled their parents to get away with sitting at home in a darkened room – watching T.V. all day!

      If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!

  • Payton Blake

    I blame the parents.

  • 3XALADY

    Teachers untie! S/B _____ unite. I saw this somewhere, maybe on one of those silly T shirts you can order from magazines.

  • Rickymac McManus

    our you serious????

  • denise0513

    This is proof of the UNEDUCATING of Americans!

  • Earl81704

    Uhhh… a little misleading with the photo of all those white girls. http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/24193

  • Bill

    Obama must be proud of his prize city!

  • Ratt Stone

    That is just too funny, and sad.

  • gjsmith_62

    Public sector unions have one interest and it’s not the pupils of schools, but the wages stolen from people forced into their clutches.

    Right-To-Work is merely a start. Public sector unions should be outlawed.

  • Jennifer Fields

    The title “This Is Are Story” is in quotation marks and each word is capitalized because it’s the name of a play. The school opened with this play in 1977 and obviously the students wanted to pay tribute to that day. The only epic fail was done by the reporter for not doing his research on the history of the school.

  • Jay

    Because goodness forbid this was a misprint at the printing company and it was too late to get replacements. So let’s go ahead and make this about anything but a printer dropping the ball.

    • The March Hare

      Why would you assume it had to be the printing company? Besides, people in the business of printing would know better than something this basic.

  • Ricardo

    Our theez guyz kidddn me. There soo dum. Lol lmfao thats tha dummest font I ever sea four prom invtashiouns

  • jason

    Hey dummy, you misplaced your modifier when writing about punching people in the face.
    are opinion here is that we want to punch you in the face

  • The Sheeple

    Common Core will fix all this … says Obama … their hero for unknown reasons.

    Common Core is designed to further dumb down the folks. This high school mainly for black students in an example of what’s to come.

    The muslims will win if only because we are becoming too stupid to defend ourselves globally. Do you have nay idea how many monster out there want a piece of us?

    It’s going to get really bad.

    • Joe Wojo Jr

      You don’t even know what Common Core is, do you???? It sets a MINIMUM standard. States can exceed that if they wish. Amazing how many Red-states would have to RAISE their standards to that level.

  • http://chanroberts2.wordpress.com/ Chancellor Carlyle Roberts, II

    No wonder that it’s the kids from India who are winning the National Spelling Bee.

  • ErynnSilver

    Yep, I see the rationality in cutting pay so teachers have even less to work with because there is poor education. While we’re at it, lets cut back the police and fire departments every time they fail, too. That aught to teach ‘em.

  • Mimi Schmaltz

    Teachers’ unions protect thhem from their employers – US

  • Kneehemyah Nemo Knox

    All your prom are belong to us.

  • Speciallist

    Don’t blame the teachers. You have parents(?) who have never taught their kids any respect, discipline, initiative nor the need for hard work. Then you have bureaucrats demanding and admins trotting in lock step that kids be passed even when they do no work and know nothing–and moreover that black and Hispanic students not be suspended for acting like savages because too many of them are being suspended for acting like savages. And of course, we cannot take off for bad spelling or grammar, because we have to accept and celebrate their diversity.

  • ace65

    Just look at the head of the country for blame, President 57 States, he can’t get no RSPCT.

  • mrslickt

    What if I told you…
    UNIONS ARE BIG CORPORATIONS TOO!! Ruh-roh raggy!! Derp!

  • Angela Mason

    Wow….and I was reamed online a few months back for writing a column about the Marching Morons. They’re here. We’re doomed.

  • CBair

    Urmm. Did not ONE adult who could SPELL see this before it was printed?

  • Steve

    When the Unions are driven out of a sector, the wages drop! Look around and see for yourselves – don’t just believe me or what someone else says. Look at trucking in our USofA for example. Is anyone, Union or not, making a decent living in that industry anymore? And who knows whats going to happen to benefits with obamacare – “yer on yer own buddy, it’s all on you”, the government may help lower your premium!

  • Joseph Slabaugh

    If I point something like this out online, I would be called a grammar/spelling police. Today I was called a back seat driver and an idiot for pointing out the use of the word “property” instead of “properly”.

  • Froggie

    Might wish to fix the caption “Chicago education at “it’s” finest,” lest the Young Cons fall into the same grammar trap.

  • a_lawngnome1994

    Just love how many people on this comment section act like they really know what they’re talking about. Stubborn and self-righteous– that’s the problem with the older generation and, boy, does it show here!

  • Laura Robbins Callen

    Evidently you weren’t taught very well either. I see a lot of grammatical errors in your story. Better ask a good Language Arts teacher to edit for you next time…

    My husband teaches in the public school system. He is an amazing teacher! We can’t go out in public without getting stopped by a former student. Their story is often the same. “It’s because of you, Mr. Callen, that I graduated…went back to school…got my GED…etc…”

    You can’t put all the blame on the educator. Parents and students have to take responsibility!

    I do agree that if this invitation is true that it should not have been allowed by the school staff to remain this way. Maybe there is a reason behind it? I still don’t like it!

  • devrie

    The students planned the prom. The school is in one of the poorest most violent parts of Chicago. I don’t think this is as simple as teachers getting paid too much not to teach kids. The kids are facing insurmountable challenges that thwart motivation to succeed in school. The teachers are in a difficult situation and are measured on their success or apparent lack of it. It’s probably difficult to differentiate good teachers from bad teachers in this situation–as I’m sure it’s easy to become a slacker of a teacher when faced with the educational challenges.

  • Steve Gelder

    Anyone consider that this typo might be the fault of the printer who took the order, and not the student who ordered the cards…?

  • TotallyRandomName

    Epic Fail: your headline itself has a glaring typo. Pot, meet kettle.

    • Cattleprod of Enlightenment

      care to point it out?

      • TotallyRandomName

        Ha! It’s been edited (corrected).

        • Cattleprod of Enlightenment

          I hate when that happens!

  • Juan Nightstand

    It’s ‘there’ story.

  • FreeRad ⓥ Mindmesh

    If you send your kid to school and think that’s all they will need in order to learn you’ve failed as a parent and likely as a person

  • Struggle

    Response to prom article/post from Chicago Public School Principal, Troy LaRaviere:
    Of course, we all know that kids in privatized non-union chAREter schools don’t make spelling errors. LOL. This is the most pathetic uninformed piece of anti-union writing I’ve read in quite a long time. The author might want to take a look at a study of the highest performing school systems in the world: the study is entitled, “Strong Performers and Successful Reformers: Lessons from PISA for the United States” (2010). It clearly illustrates–among other things–that the highest performing nations in the world pay their teachers more than we do in the United States–much more. In their review of the report, the authors of “Surpassing Shanghia: An agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems,” report that “the only resource that correlates with student performance is teacher salaries.” This illustrates what should be obvious: increased compensation attracts stronger talent. More importantly it clearly demonstrates that an investment in teacher compensation is the most important CLASSROOM INVESTMENT a school system can make. Here’s a little quiz for you Ms. Gowins. Massachusetts has strong teacher unions. Mississippi does not. Can you guess which state’s students are the highest performing in the United States? Can you guess which state’s students are the lowest? Your uninformed AREtical tells me you’d guess wrong. Ms. Gowins, before you pick up a pen to write, please pick up a book and read. OUR you listening? (Laffing owt lowd).