|Chicago teachers on strike in 1967|
Times have changed. Yesterday's 90% strike authorization vote is but one indicator of how widespread and how deep the anger of teachers has grown in response to the Rahm-led aggressive assault on their collective bargaining rights and on the very future of their profession.
Just as importantly, many parents and community members get it. I've been to two meetings in the past two days, just in my neighborhood alone, of angry parents and community groups. Only this time around, parent anger isn't directed at the teachers or their union, but at the mayor, his hand-picked board and CEO J.C. Brizard.
|Parents voice support for teachers at neighborhood meeting. Called for an elected school board. (M. Klonsky pic)|
The violation of their privacy rights has not only led to possible legal action against the board, but has backfired and has pushed parents and teachers that much closer.
Don't miss PURE's angry response to the CPS anti-teacher media blitz now going on, including their dragging out of a "CPS Mommy" on Huffington who attacks Jesse Jackson and Matt Damon and refers to teacher union supporters as "bouncers" and "midgets."