JASON RANTZ

Rantz: Striking Seattle teachers do not care about your kids, stop pretending otherwise

Sep 6, 2022, 8:38 PM | Updated: 8:56 pm
(KIRO 7)...
(KIRO 7)
(KIRO 7)

It’s time to stop pretending that Seattle teachers care about your kids. Striking the day before the first day of class should tell you all you need to know about what motivates them.

Most teachers do hard work. But most teachers in Seattle just authorized a strike mere days after a devastating report about how Democrat COVID school closures hurt your kids, erasing two decades of academic advancement. They know the impact this has on their academics. And they know how this puts parents in a tough spot with childcare they didn’t anticipate they needed. This costs families money they may not have.

What is this being done for? Money. And virtually every argument the Seattle Education Association makes is easily debunked.

Rantz: Seattle Public Schools budget focuses goals exclusively on black students, leaving others behind

There is no argument for a strike

To justify the closures, teachers claim they’re doing this begrudgingly. They don’t want to strike. They claim this as if they’re being forced into staying out of the classroom. They’re doing this for your kids.  It’s nonsense.

State Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) laid out the facts in a public Facebook post begging the teachers not to strike. He’s not up for re-election, so Carlyle can be especially blunt without fear of political repercussions from the powerful teachers’ unions in and out of Seattle.

“Enrollment has fallen from 55,303 in 2019 to 50,535 now. Total SPS budget has grown 39% since 2015 to $1,011,204,091. (state funds increased 56% while local levy dollars decreased),” he wrote.

But that’s not all.

“Per pupil, funding has increased to $12,344 from $8,070. The state has reformed educational finance as directed by the state Supreme Court,” Carlyle added.

Teachers can pretend they’re fighting for more resources and support, but it’s already there. Undeservedly so: they ran families out of public schools with an obsessive and dangerous focus on Black Lives Matter propaganda and identity politics. Yet their budgets became even more bloated.

And a good portion of their budget went to high salaries.

Seattle teachers are exceptionally well paid

Teachers always argue that while this isn’t about the money, they want a fair salary. They already get that in Seattle.

In 2019, the teachers negotiated an 11% raise over three years. They now make well above the Seattle average salary.

“Average salary including benefits has grown 31% to $131,155 from $99,911,” Carlyle notes.

If you’re not capable of living in Seattle (or a surrounding area) with that salary and benefits package, then you’re the problem, especially when you factor in most of the teachers likely come from two-income households.

Seattle Schools teachers authorize strike, first day of class officially delayed

You’re letting teachers use your kids for leverage

Teachers want more money. Fair enough. Everyone wants a higher salary (though not everyone works 180 days out of the year for their current salary).

But the teachers can negotiate a new contract in good faith while doing their jobs. Teachers aren’t involved in the day-to-day negotiations. That’s what union leaders were elected to do. Instead of wasting time on a picket line, they could be helping your kids grow academically and emotionally.

Teachers are choosing to use your kids for leverage. They know that the pain they’re causing your kids will help their cause. And they don’t care.

Contrast the teachers’ union with the Seattle Police Officers Guild. Seattle cops are working without a contract. But they’re still putting on their uniforms and protecting the community because they know the damage that would be done if they didn’t. You think they’re working simply because a strike is illegal? They’re working because they’re committed and know the risks of not showing up to work.

Teachers understand the risk, too. But they’re striking anyway.

Hey parents: be your kids’ cheerleader

Teachers get away with a damaging strike because parents let them. They show blind loyalty to educators who don’t return the favor. Stop letting them hurt your kids for their own personal gain.

Parents: you know the damage this does to your child. You see the pain it causes. You know how their academics suffer.

“We treasure, honor, and respect our teachers. We know you have real issues and challenges. Still, let us not underestimate how much our young people are hurting emotionally. This is not the year for an adult fight,” Carlyle said.

Parents can support teachers and their union end goals while also demanding they go back into the classroom. These positions are not in conflict.

Mothers, fathers, and caregivers must decide if they care more about their kids or teachers. It’s time to pick a lane and stop enabling this damaging behavior.

Listen to the Jason Rantz Show on weekday afternoons from 3–6 pm on KTTH 770 AM (HD Radio 97.3 FM HD-Channel 3). Subscribe to the podcast. Follow @JasonRantz on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook. Check back frequently for more news and analysis.

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

Phantom Lake Elementary Principal Marcus Johnson (Instagram screengrab)...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Elementary principal allegedly pushed erotic fiction, said he’s a ‘lover of smut,’ recorded smoking weed

Up until Sept. 24, the profile was public. But after the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH asked him about its content, the account went private.
3 days ago
migrants...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Oregon quietly considers housing migrants, shuns attention of Texas, Florida

One leader from the Oregon Department of Human Services said they should be regarded as "welcome guests."
4 days ago
smiley...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Times out with early smear as Democrats fret over Tiffany Smiley threat

David Gutman wrote an editorial smearing Smiley for the Seattle Times. But the paper presents it as a news feature.
5 days ago
Xavier Arreaga_Brian Schmetzer...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Sounders fans, coach throw player under bus over different political opinion

An online mob of radical Seattle Sounders FC fans went after the team's star defender. And his coach threw him under the bus.
6 days ago
Parents complain that Bellevue High School (above) “duped” their kid into taking a far-left his...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Parents say school ‘totally duped’ son into radical CRT history class

Decolonizing U.S. History is not a traditional history course; it's a far-left, agenda-driven analysis that teaches through a critical race theory lens.
10 days ago
bellingham...
Jason Rantz Show

Bellingham cop-car vandal held 8 arrest warrants before latest conflict with police

Bellingham Police reported two officers escaped serious injury over the weekend when someone hurled a railroad tie at the windshield of their patrol car.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Rantz: Striking Seattle teachers do not care about your kids, stop pretending otherwise