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Kass sheeting on the Chicago Teachers Union


Rules for Boss of the Chicago Teachers Union: Good Schools for Me but Not for Thee

by John Kass

Sept. 15, 2023

If you told me I’d share anything in common with the vicious racist hypocrite and Marxist Chicago Teacher’s Union boss Stacy Davis Gates, I would have said you were a drooling madman.

But wait: Stacy Davis Gates and I share one thing in common we share with our kids. And it’s beautiful. It’s so damn beautiful that I could cry.

We appreciate The Beautiful Game, which Americans call soccer, but those who love it call it futbol. Our twin sons played it growing up through high school and college, and still play today. But we did not move to the suburbs for soccer. We moved to the suburbs, and paid those crushing property taxes, for the schools.

Davis Gates used soccer as the excuse for engaging in school choice and enrolling her son in a private Catholic high school, after loudly declaring that school choice was racist and fascist, even as she tried to use union power to kill Illinois Opportunity Scholarships and deny school choice to thousands of black and brown families.

Is Stacy Davis Gates a hypocrite for trying to prevent black and brown parents from finding freedom from lousy public schools even as she sends her son to a private parochial school?

Of course she’s a hypocrite, a malevolent one at that. Only her fellow hard-core Bolsheviks would support such blatant hypocrisy. I’ve been in this business 40 years and know there’s still a tiny handful of mincing, simpering lefty journos eager to kiss her hand and curry favor for union clicks. They pose as contrarians.

And there are hard core lefties in the media unions who’ve run interference for her, and carried CTU Local 1 water in news story after news story. But I won’t name the creatures who are defending Davis Gates now. They’re just too pitiful to name.

Would you waste time giving names to the maggots crawling at the bottom of the garbage can in the garage?

Instead of honoring them as they fall to their knees before the hypocritical union boss to seek favor, perhaps we might think of the tens of thousands of hard-working minority families–most living in poverty–who are trying to use good education as a way out. Think of them struggling and sacrificing as Davis Gates calls them fascists and racists.

Don’t play the fool. She’s a gold star hypocrite, an Olympian in the Hypocrite Arts.

And even though she revealed herself to be a liar and phony, she muddled through her interviews with reliance on tired Jacobian themes.

But few exposed her, like Her greatest line?

“I didn’t speak out against private schools. I spoke out against school choice. School choice and private schools are two different entities.”

However moronic she appears, Stacy Davis Gates and the Covid Democrat shut-down artists reveal much about themselves whenever they speak. They prevented most of us from attending school and church and synagogue during the pandemic to “protect” us, even as they themselves went out and got their hair done (Lori Lightfoot, Nancy Pelosi); sent their kids to Florida to escape government shut-downs (Gov. JB Pritzker); or shut down schools and businesses while going maskless at Michelin restaurants like The French Laundry (California Gov. Gavin Newsom) and getting their hair done (Lightfoot, Pelosi) again.

It’s always for thee but not for me with these people, flaunting power before the peasantry.

And this is a variation on that Democrat Party standard theme, Schools for Me but Not for Thee.

But there’s more.

“Dear Union Sibling,” begins Davis Gates trembling email to her fellow teachers by way of explanation. She argues that black students have “limited” options on the city’s south and west sides and this “limited” option forced us to send our son, after years of attending a public school, to a private high school so he could live out his dream of being a soccer player while also having a curriculum that can meet his social and emotional needs.”

But she forgets to mention the obvious: What group is most responsible for the sorry state of public education?

The school unions. Yet when she brays out her stupidities, media doesn’t challenge her. Why not? Because in Chicago at least, and in big blue cities across America, the school unions and the lefty media unions are on the same team. And if you’re not on their team, you don’t count. You don’t matter and your kids don’t matter to them. To them you’re the enemy, even if you’re somewhat liberal, to the hard core Bolsheviks of CTU Local 1 you’re a hapless Menshevik to be crushed.

Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 is the most powerful political union in the state. And Stacy Davis Gates is the undisputed boss, for now. The Illinois Policy Institute put together a fascinating documentary on the union and I’m linking to it here so you can learn more.

You’ll see her puppet, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson talking about compelling union members to wear red tee-shirts like all good socialists. Chicago has yet to hit rock bottom with Johnson and Davis Gates.

What do I say to her claim that as a loving mommy she had no other choice but to enroll her son in the private school so he could realize his dream of becoming a soccer player at the expense of others?

Horse poop.

Any soccer parent will tell you that high school is not the place to grow a soccer player. It begins and ends in the soccer clubs and that costs far less than private school tuition. There can be good soccer at some high schools. My sons played at one, and went on to play in college. But it is at the club level where young soccer players improve. There were a few top clubs when the boys were playing, the Sockers, PSG, Schwaben and the Chicago Fire Academy team to name a few. College and pro scouts attend club matches. They’ll attend a few top high school games, but not many.

The boys had to fight for playing time at the clubs. High school is for fun, even at the state-ranked top 10 high school teams. I’m not knocking high school soccer, I loved it but it’s different than club. In high school you’re playing with the guys you grew up with. On a club you’re playing for playing time and promotion up through the ranks. And on the top clubs, your mommy or daddy’s political clout won’t protect you.

Soccer parents know this. Betty and I learned it late, but we learned it. But Stacy Davis Gates is counting on parents not knowing this. She gaslights them in so many ways.

And clearly the news media is mincing around the Stacy Davis Gates private school story, walking lightly lest they break eggs and bending over backwards so as not to mention the name of the Catholic school her son attends, to not “dox” the student.

Was the Chicago press corps so concerned about protecting our boys? No. When the left tried to cancel me for daring to write about George Soros’ influence in selecting do-nothing local prosecutors, one writer for the left wing Reader posted the name of my sons’ high school–commenting that it looked like a nice small college.

“I’m also a mother, my children go to the Chicago public schools,” she once said. “These are things that legitimize my space within the coalition.”

More horse poop now that she’s been revealed.

“I can’t advocate on behalf of public education without it taking root in my own household,” she was quoted as saying before she dug out the root,

Oh and one of my favorites: “School choice was actually the choice of racists. It it was created to avoid integrating schools with Black children. Now it’s the civil rights struggle of our generation.”

More horse poop. And dangerous, insulting horse poop.

The only racists here are those who’d use the accusation of racism to shame parents for seeking better schools for their children. And again, most of the kids seeing Illinois Opportunity scholarships are poor and black and brown. Public dollars are not used. This is driven by tax credits, and still CTU and Johnson and the rest would deny kids a fighting chance.

After so many lies–and the lefty maggot press agents defending her–I see only one way to clean out Stacy Davis Gates’ mouth.

Redirecting the Chicago River in the way Hercules cleaned out the Augean stables. But you’ll need a large bar of soap.

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