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Chicago teachers continue strike; mayor plans legal action to end it

Published: Mon, September 17, 2012 @ 12:42 a.m.

Chicago teachers continue strike; mayor plans legal action to end it

Chicago Tribune


Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday that he will go to court to force an end to the Chicago teachers strike, which begins its second week today.

“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union,” Emanuel said in a written statement. “This was a strike of choice and is now a delay of choice that is wrong for our children. Every day our kids are kept out of school is one more day we fail in our mission: to ensure that every child in every community has an education that matches their potential.”

Earlier Sunday, the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates refused to end the strike. Union President Karen Lewis said that the delegates could vote Tuesday to end the strike, meaning that classes could resume Wednesday.

Members wanted more time to digest the details of a contract offer, Lewis said.

“They’re not happy with the agreement. They’d like it to be a lot better for us than it is,” Lewis said.

The potential for 120 school closings in the coming years also has caused concern.


1AtownAugie(697 comments)posted 2 years ago

Even though they are not in the classroom, the Chicago teachers still are teaching their students. Some of the lessons include: if you do not get what you want, throw a tantrum; your boss has no right to judge you on your job performance; if your employer no longer has the money to pay for all positions ever held, that's their problem -- go find the money somewhere; and, worry not over how your actions impact others -- you're the only person who matters.

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2SAVEOURCOUNTRY(470 comments)posted 2 years ago

Teachers already are judged on performance. Do you wanted to be judged on your performance as a teacher? Students show up 20 days a year and fail the test....sorry you're fired? it would be like you are asked to work with a partner to complete a series of tasks. you have two weeks to complete it all. By the way, your partner goes on vacation. You can't get it all done. Your job performance sucks....boss says too bad....YOU'RE FIRED!!!

Those saints are fighting for our country.....no blame is placed on parents for their failures! they only educational reform needed in this country is welfare reform. you child doesn't perform in the classroom, no check form the gov't...period!!!! schools would improve yesterday!!!!!!

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3HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 2 years ago

Saveourcountry is sensationalizing things that are not happening and not part of the ratings system for teachers.

Kids who show up 20 days and fail tests are not part of the equation for teacher firings.

Here are the facts.

Our education system is in shambles.

It must be changed.

Teachers are fighting things that are commonplace throughout the world.

Everyone must be held accountable for their quality of work.

Teacher ratings are a must.

The future of America depends on it.

The future will belong to the country that best educates its children.

America is failing miserably.

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