See the video below for Amy Goodman’s report on day two of the teachers’ strike in Chicago.
School is out in Chicago for a second day as public school teachers continue their first strike in 25 years. Almost 30,000 teachers and their support staff have walked out over reforms sought by the city’s powerful Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who is President Obama’s former chief of staff. On Monday, tens of thousands teachers, parents and students marched in the streets of President Obama’s adopted hometown.
I think it is a perfect storm,’ says Tim Knowles, head of the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute. He says issues in Chicago — of tying teacher pay to student test scores, job security, longer school days and expanding charter schools, for example — are not unlike issues unions have grappled with in other cities, from New York to Los Angeles.
But Chicago pits a particularly tough-talking mayor against a particularly tough union — at a particularly volatile moment in the world of education policy.
‘There is an aggressive reform effort, and there’s a concerted resistance to the reforms that are being put on the table. I think it’s the new Democrats vs. old labor.’
(Photo via Debra Lane FB Wall Photos)