Rahm’s Fight With The Teachers And Students

In his 2011 campaign for mayor, he took the Chicago Teachers Union on as an adversary rather than attempt to make them a partner. He opted for a blunt instrument rather than a finessed approach. In hammering home how he was “for the children,” he left the implication that teachers were not.

And then, shortly after his election, Emanuel went to Springfield to get Senate Bill 7 passed. Touted as education reform, it was really an anti-collective bargaining measure, setting up a 75 percent vote threshold for union members to authorize a strike…

http://www.suntimes.com/news/marin/15081962-452/rahm-emanuel-picked-this-fight-with-teachers.html?fb_action_ids=10151270623618646&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151270623618646%22%3A360104217401626%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151270623618646%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

A student’s perspective:

As a student in CPS, I would like to share the student perspective on the ongoing Chicago strike. Some may say I don’t fully understand why CPS teachers are on strike but actually, I do.

I may not understand everything to its fullest extent but I do know that our teachers are fighting for a good cause. They want us to succeed, but how can we do that when we attend a school “like Gage Park High School”? At Gage Park, there are brilliant teachers there who dedicate and devote all of their time to us, but the environment that is offered to us isn’t what we deserve.

We are a low-income school; we have to be hot during several months during the year because there are few fans and air conditioners, and no central cooling like the other fancy schools that Rahm Emanuel keeps naming during his news conferences. Why doesn’t he name Gage Park? Why doesn’t he name Kelly, Curie, Hubbard, Hancock, Tonti, Sawyer or other neighborhood schools? Do we not count? Are we not important? Does Rahm not want us to have a good future? …

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/09/celena_rodriguez_a_students_pe.html

Amazing that we have both Democrats and Republicans blatantly engaged in union busting!  Thanks to NS for the above links.

 

 

 

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