Why 26,000 Teachers Are on Strike in Chicago

“Like unions everywhere, the Chicago Teachers Union is trying to hold on to what it has, while management is trying to impose new work rules” —New York Times

“The city’s first teachers strike in 25 years was prompted largely by two issues: a precipitous decline in public school funding and rising public demand to use standardized test scores in teacher evaluations.” — Los Angeles Times

“’Anger. This is about anger,’ said Barbara Radner, director of the Center for Urban Education at DePaul University in Chicago. ‘There is great, great hostility about the mayor right now among the teaching population. They call him ‘Empermanuel.’ He triggered that by saying, “I don’t need you. We’re going to have a longer school day.”‘ ” — Washington Post



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