Figures. Chicago Teacher’s Union President Linked to Former Communist Party Chief and Barack Obama

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Mike Klonsky, an Obama supporter and former associate of the radicals who formed the terrorist group the Weatherman, received a $175,000 grant from the William Ayers/Barack Obama-led Annenberg Challenge to run the Small Schools Workshop.

Klonsky belonged to the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and was best friends with friends William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn who later became famous for their acts of terrorism.
Later he started a blog on the Obama website:

Between 1979 and 1981, Communist Party chairman and Obama supporter Mike Klonsky was repeatedly feted with state-dinner-level visits to Beijing.

And get this… Klonsky reportedly shared offices on the same floor with Barack Obama and Bill Ayers at the University of Illinois, Chicago campus.

So it should come as no surprise that Mike Klonsky, the former Communist Party leader, is a huge supporter of Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union. Chicago teachers went on strike today for the first time in 25 years despite the fact that the average teacher salary in Chicago is $74,839 a year.

Karen Lewis marching with anarchists in Chicago. (Founding Bloggers)

Michelle Malkin has more on the Chicago education mob.

Obama served with Weather Underground terrorist and neighbor Bill Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge education initiative. Downplaying academic achievement in favor of left-wing radical activism in the public schools is rooted in Bill Ayers’ pedagogical philosophy. Obama served as the program’s first chairman of the board, while Ayers steered its curricular policy. The two oversaw grants to welfare rights enterprise ACORN and to avowed communist Michael Klonsky – a close pal of Ayers and member of the militant Students for a Democratic Society. SDS served as a precursor to the violent Weather Underground organization.

As investigative journalist Stanley Kurtz reported, Klonsky and Ayers teamed up on the so-called “small schools movement” to steer schoolchildren away from core academics to left-wing politicking on issues of “inequity, war, and violence.”

You just can’t make this stuff up.

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  • Grandma Perkins


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  • aprilnovember811

    But, but, Obama’s a nice man, so we’ve been told. It’s really irresponsible, for the Romney campaign to not tie Obama to Ayers. Who do they think Obama’s working for? I’ll tell them, the Weathermen and Muslim Brotherhood. And to think, they actually think he’s not capable of lying about his birthplace? Please, Ayers spent many years getting phony birth certificates and SS#.s

  • Patty

    74,000 pay for a teacher vs. 46,000 on average for those who are not.


    Please, because everyone that is marching needs to be evaluated on their teaching abilities.

    Kids are running around all day and for these so called teachers to be complaining when we are paying for this. Fire them but that won’t happen the union won’t let.


  • gracepmc

    Make no mistake this is Obama’s Amerika. Four more years of this and it will be the union of socialist American states-all 57 of them. These people should be nowhere near children. The mayor’s kids are in private schools of course.

  • arnonerik

    Why is everybody connected to Obama a Communist? Could it be like my mother told me when I was a child that birds of a feather flock together? Funny this does not seem to be a problem for “The Fourth Estate” that we were told all these years was our “watchdog for government” keeping them honest. I think they are birds too.

  • Tee Dub

    Wow! That is one fat, loud-mouth b*tch!!!

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    Since Imam Obama was immaculated I have become more and more a cynic…. but something is telling me that there is more to this ‘strike’ than meets the eye…

  • riptide

    The funding for the teacher’s “benefits” is no small amount. The average benefit cost seems to be absent from most reports but it has to be paid by the taxpayers. Typically, “benefits” are about 1/3 of salary. That, if true, plus salary, would make the average teacher’s compensation over 100K/yr.
    And these people really do BELIEVE they are getting screwed!

  • arnonerik

    Getting screwed? The teachers are the ones doing the screwing. The taxpayers, who are taking pay cuts to keep a job, or those that are forced to be “underemployed” so they can still bring something home, these are the people getting screwed by greedy teachers and government employees. We should not take it anymore! What are we?, Chumps and Patsies?

  • donh

    Come On Mitt…..Go to Chicago and stand with these children whose future is being damaged by MONEY GRUBBING COMMUNISTS in the public sector. You are in Ohio…Not that far a drive. Time to work long hours and go the extra mile. That is the kind of President this country is looking for.

  • atticcellar

    Fire these lazy pigs.. I debated a teacher here in Wisconsin when they were pushing for a Walker recall.. He stated the deserved the wages and benfits because “I have to deal with them monsters”.. Those in charge of the system now have over 50% of our young boys/men between the ages of 9 and 18 in public schools on pysco drugs. Boy’s who behave like boys are targeted and sent to the school social worker who in turn brings in the “doctors” who prescribe the drugs..

  • Buffalobob

    Well now that this is out the MSN will be all over it.

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  • atticcellar

    Many of these Chicago communist thugs were also in Madison during the Walker protest.. “We the People” won.. We sent the commies packing.. The traitorist legislators in Wisconsin illegally fled the state of Wisconsin to Illinois shirking their responsablity of voting on the collective bargining.. They should have stayed there!

  • Skinner

    Oh please, this is a manufactured strike to help Obama save the day.

    Playbook, create a crisis where none exists. Obama sails in to save the day.

    Yes, these turds would do this…

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  • here are some more SDSers connect to obama;

    jim wallis
    wayne rathke
    tom hayden
    marilyn katz
    and of course bill and bernie

    the SDS didn’t die after the sixties, they took over the government.

  • lizzy84

    Spoiled lazy fat-assed commies.




  • Amash

    I sort of agree with #17. It could be a set-up to make the boy pres. come in to save the day. These teachers , however, have done damage already. This Ayers connection is good, even though the LSM will ignore it.
    I do like seeing the big mouth Emmanuel squirm.

  • Rainmom

    #17 Skinner
    I read the same thing on The Blaze today. Was it Rush who said it?
    We have to ask why now, right before this election, in this economy, when there’s not
    been a strike in 25 years?

  • donh

    ” I sort of agree with #17. It could be a set-up to make the boy pres. come in to save the day. These teachers , however, have done damage already. This Ayers connection is good, even though the LSM will ignore it.
    I do like seeing the big mouth Emmanuel squirm.”

    All the more reason for Romney to go in there and beat Obama to the photo op and pre-empt whatever manufactired crisis Obama has playing out here….You won’t win IL for showing up, but the display of moral support helps lock up WI and surrounding mid west states….and it shows a courage to challenge Obama at his home turf.

    The fact Romney would not sieze upon this opportunity…. and go hug some of these black Chicago children being exploited as pawns in a game of power politics …. make promises to these children and parents of a better future….really makes me question Romney’s competancy for the job he is seeking. How can you suck this badly at the art of political campaigning and expect to be handed the highest office in the free world by default ? He doesn’t seem to want the job as desparately as Obama and people can see it.

  • Patty


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  • Patty


    Their pay goes up provided the their teaching skills get evaluated an are a B or above. Nothing less then a B grade for a teacher, others scores C to C- will be evaluated more often and a D or F grade, YOU ARE FIRED.

    Give our kids the best because their are those in line to teach and they are waiting for more greedy teacher who will become an X teacher.

  • Patty

    latter, correction.

  • Patty

    Oh, My, I need to go back to school….. LADDER MEANT TO SAY.

  • Patty

    There not Their, wow, going to sleep not. Then back to school. 😆

  • Patty

    I would be all for paying teachers more if they met a graduation rate of 90% or better with graduates reading at a 12th grade level or greater!

    Sadly, Chicago barely exceeds a fifty percent graduation rate with an even smaller percentage reading at a 12th grade level!

    Chicago teachers’ union wants to increase teachers salaries when they earn $76,000 now and 44% of kids there?
    don’t graduate and 85% of kids in the 4th grade can’t read and are set up to fail. And there isn’t money in the coffers to pay higher salaries when the country is on the edge of a fiscal cliff. Obama supports the union because they back him for the election, so does that mean Obama wants the kids to fail?

    That is child abuse that will leave scars for life!

    Above Posted by someone else but I do wonder how these teachers get a graduate degree. Because none of them have much interest in teaching our kids if their greed stands in the way.

  • Mad Hatter

    Here’s more on the radical Karen Lewis.

    She doesn’t believe that Private and Charter Schools work, but only Public Schools work.

    3:10 – 3:17, and 3:32 – 3:45 of the video

    She doesn’t believe that Teachers Evaluations should be tied to test scores.

    1:40 – 2:08 of the video

    She clearly stats that her goal is to expand the power of the Teacher Unions, and their tax payer funded pension.

    1:00 – 1:18, and 1:19 – 1:37 of the video

    Don’t count on the Alinsky Media to investigate her background.

    And they wonder why we want to defund the NEA.

  • Mad Hatter

    Excuse me, not the NEA but the Department of Education.

  • Patty

    Shabazz: Black Panthers May Deploy Again At Polling Places
    08 all over again.

  • Patty

    #30 September 10, 2012 at 11:25 pm
    Mad Hatter commented:

    She doesn’t believe that Private and Charter Schools work, but only Public Schools work.

    I am very tired tonight, my post was horrible but I must say, Private Schools are great. My son is going to be a Doctor and he has been helped on a one on one basis throughout his time in school. That is the difference, because if a child shows great potential they will be great adults. Children are different and learn at different levels. There are Charter schools the cater to these needs.

    Many exceptional teachers who truly believe in teaching and Jeb Bush introduced us to a couple during the RNC convention. This was quite amazing and the teacher who shows interest is a true gift to a child and that child will never forget them. And will be a real Contributor in the adult life.

  • Patty

    Many in my family teach and they have been so upset with teachers who put their needs before the child’s.

  • Patty

    She doesn’t believe that Teachers Evaluations should be tied to test scores.

    And when I heard that, I knew right then, that many of these striking teachers should never be teaching. There are many waiting for the chance to teach.

    I would be at least 40% of the teacher striking need to be evaluated and I would bet many would be looking for a new job. Hopefully, never in Teaching.

  • Big Al

    I agree with donh. What a great thing it would be if Romney went into the south side and stood with some of those families and talked about school choice….and really take it to that little sh#t of a mayor. C’mon Mitt, call out these reds for who they are. Get tough!!!!

  • Buffalobob

    Mooshell is about to launch a new lunch program in the schools across the nation in an attempt to meddle and slim down the childrens. A better program for her to concentrate on would be her beloved Chicago teachers. Talk about overcrowded classrooms.

  • Redwine

    As Rush said today – and echoed by other posters above – this strike is a cheap political trick by the greedy thug union on the backs of innocent children.

    I want to see Romney and Ryan call them out loud and clear. This kind of piggish ploy must be confronted. Actually, R&R should call Comrade Barry’s bluff and make him denounce the strike.

  • Limousine Barry

    Why are you looking at me?

    What is wrong with communism?

    Don’t knock it until you have tried it… or something like that! Good day.

  • mg4us

    16% Pay raise over 4 years is not good enough for these union members so they make the kids suffer. . .

    I know a way that 34+% can get a BIG Bump in income without waiting four years. . .


    You heard that right. . over 34% of the Chicago PUBLIC SCHOOL teachers send their own kids to PRIVATE Schools because Public Schools not good enough

    And yet these free choicers oppose vouchers for students. . .

    I say it become a requirement that if you teach in public schools then your child need to go to one too from K-12. . .

  • Freedom! Keep our FREEDOM!

    Yal…you can’t make up this stuff…! WOW now we know why the DNC shouted down the word GOD 3 x at the DNC. Follow the footprint!

  • The real Wow

    Where do I apply for a teaching job in Chicago. I really could use that money!! What jerks!

  • snewb

    Where’s Gov Pat Quinn??
    Agree it’s an Obama stunt but won’t work because nobody believes him anymore. He’s lost all credibility and so has the MSM.

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  • valerie

    Kabuki for Obama.

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    Is “fat ugly pig” a resume enhancer when applying for the union “head thug” postion?

  • mg4us

    This is all a set up. . .Rush is right. .

    What has Great Leader not utter a word on this. .

    He will find a way to come out with for the students AND for the teachers. . .

    It is all a Con and a Ruse. . . .

    Call them on it. . .
    The teachers can’t be real smart if they can be played like this. . .

    No wonder the kids in their school are failing. . .

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  • bg


    Obama, al-Masour, Weathermen & Black Panthers (#11)

    more here (#44/45), here (#14), in connecting links & threads..

    alas, crickets, crickets, and more crickets.. but i promise you, it
    will come up and again, gotta keep them crickets employed.. /s/

    ps: please be sure to click on connecting links for much more, ie:

    Broadway Baby and Senator Hope and Change

    [According to a 1982 New York Times report, Broadway Baby was
    implicated in an investigation of a series of violent armed robberies
    in New York—netting more than $2 million over a two-year span—
    committed by former Black Panthers and Weather Underground
    members in the early ’80s.

    Their aim? Global revolution, naturally. They needed cash, but the
    rich white parents weren’t in a giving mood. So their privileged offspring
    grabbed guns, pointed them at the faces of the working man and,
    sometimes, they pulled the trigger.

    At Broadway Baby, customers often paid by check and used driver’s
    licenses for identification. On Dec. 28, 1979, information from two
    customer files was used to apply for two driver’s licenses at the New
    York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The fraudulent licenses
    were used to rent getaway cars for the gang.

    Investigators tracked the identities on two licenses for the getaway
    cars. The names belonged to women who had shopped at Broadway
    Baby in December 1979. But they weren’t robbers.

    And who was the manager of Broadway Baby
    during that period of the customer ID theft?

    Dohrn, the future wife of Ayers, identified by investigators as
    taking customer information from one, and possibly both, of the
    women shoppers. Dohrn was never charged in that case.]


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  • TigerEyes

    Perhaps these teachers are the “Greedy” the Left keeps talking about!

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