Chicago teachers won’t end strike

Chicago public schools will not open tomorrow: Teachers’ union delegates refused to vote on a proposed contract settlement today, saying teachers need more time to discuss the offer.

So far, the public has supported the teachers, for the most part. That could change if the union seems to be dragging out the strike.

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  1. Why would they vote on an incomplete proposal that hasn’t been approved by the board? It’s a possible basis for an agreement, but it’s not a settlement.

  2. Fire them all. Turn every schools into a charter school. Use voucher to let parents pick the school.

  3. “So far, the public has supported the teachers, for the most part.”

    One poll I found puts the highest percentage of approval among CPS parents which is more a comment on the prevalence of the Stockholm Syndrome then of anything else. I wonder whether those parents would view a similarly supportive attitude towards a teacher strike in which they didn’t have a stake yet no influence?

    Of course the 96 Chicago-area charter schools are open and I wonder what this strike will do to the chances of a raising of the charter cap in Illinois?

  4. Allen, I can play too: since you don’t agree with me, you’re stupid. That’s all you said.

    • No, it isn’t but thanks for misrepresenting what I wrote for your own convenience.

      Are you planning to make a comment on the topic or are you planning to try to make me the topic?

      • The Stockholm Syndrome is about hostages sympathizing with their captives. No one is holding anyone hostage.

        • The Stockholm Syndrome can play itself out in a wide range of power structures. Being a hostage to school district boundaries is still being a hostage. The key to the prison? Vouchers.

  5. Roger Sweeny says:

    Yesterday’s New York Times reported that Mayor Emmanuel may seek an injunction against the union because Illinois law limits public employee bargaining (and striking) to pay and benefits. It cannot involve school day length, evaluation systems, air conditioning, etc..

    I can’t help thinking of this exchange from Through the Looking Glass.

    “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’?” Alice said.

    Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’?”

    “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument’,” Alice objected.

    “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”

    “The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

    “The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master–that’s all.”

  6. Stacy in NJ says:

    Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The union looks more thuggish and insensitive then even I though possible.