The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

So what do all of these folks have in common?

Listen up Seattle.

The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students.

On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no Chicago public school experience—has pushed to add two weeks to the school year and 85 minutes to the school day, eliminate pay increases for seniority, evaluate teachers based on student test scores, and slash many other rights.

Teachers, parents and community supporters in Chicago have fought valiantly—marching, filling auditoriums at hearings and parent meetings, even occupying a school and taking over a school board meeting. Most recently, 98 percent of our members voted to authorize a strike. But now we find ourselves facing new opponents—national education privatizers, backed by some of the nation’s wealthiest people. They are running radio ads, increasing press attacks, and mounting a PR campaign to discredit the CTU and the benefits of public education.

For the full video on Edelman and his patting on the back rhetoric about Stand for Children breaking the back of the teachers’ union, go to Stand for Children Stands for the Rich and the Powerful…

And from Mike Klonsky’s blog, Romney, Ryan Support Rahm.

Post Script:

It seems so far that the best source for information on the Chicago teachers’ strike is at Substance News.


2 thoughts on “The Chicago teachers strike, Rahm Emmanuel, Stand for Children, the Gates Foundation, DFER, the Tea Party, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

  1. WOW ! It is a good thing that the NEA and its state pooh-bahs in places like Washington are stepping in with effective counter messaging!

    … ooops!

    I forgot – I pay dues to a bunch of political cowards, on a good day – except when they aren’t focused on dumping tens of thousands into the pockets of the same ol same ol CON$ultant$ of “Democratic” stripe who’ve lead us working stiffs down this primrose path to penury.


    (pst! any WA. union “leaders” who’d like to email me privately about unity and solidarity – I’ll be posting your crap on dailykos with my reply. Step Up.

    You could have a public debate on policy towards this strike, the strike where your silence has been deafening, BUT, that kind of member engagement runs counter to the Top Down grassroots tactics of our union, doesn’t it.)

  2. Please don’t forget that Chicago has thousands of kids in JROTC programs, as well as the most military-run public schools (that’s right- Army, Marines, etc run some of the Chicago public schools!) in the country.

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