CHICAGO â€” This city found itself engulfed on Monday by a sudden public school strike that left 350,000 children without classes, turned a spotlight on rising tensions nationally over teachersâ€™ circumstances, and placed both the powerful teachersâ€™ union and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a risky, politically fraught standoff with no clear end in sight.
Thousands of teachers dressed in red swarmed through downtown and marched outside of schools across the city in this, the nationâ€™s third-largest school system, as families raced to find alternative child care â€” an available relative, a city-sponsored day-care program, anything â€” for classes they had learned were called off only hours before the week began.
The strike, Chicagoâ€™s first in 25 years and the first in a major city in a half-dozen years, also revealed a rift between unions and Mr. Emanuel, a Democrat and former chief of staff to President...
I say let them strike. Everyday the kids are not sitting under that Godless public education system is one less day of propaganda that they absorb. The best thing for all of the kids would be the abolishing of the whole system altogether anyway.