In papers filed with the National Labor Relations Board, attorneys for the Chicago Math and Science Academy on the city's North Side say the school should be exempt from an Illinois law that grants employees of all public schools the right to form unions for contract negotiations. -- TribuneTeachers report threats by principal, Ali Yilmaz as well as the firing of a popular and well-respected teacher who was part of the union organizing drive.
In the same Trib article, University of Chicago's Tim Knowles is sounding more and more like Wisconsin's Gov. Walker, claiming that collective-bargaining rights for teachers are "a risk to those basic freedoms".
Rahm Emanuel, who is the poll leader in today's mayor's race, promises more of the same if he's elected.
Third-year teacher Kate Ostler says the process has brought many teachers closer together.
"We've built a real community here, and that's helped," she said. "We're sticking this out because we love the kids and we love what we do."