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Chicago teacher unions vowing strike over same reforms Delaware is implementing

September 7, 2012

This comes at an awkward moment for Democrats, who are asking for union support in this election and vowing to support education, and to support people over corporations:

[Mayor Rahm] Emanuel, a tough negotiator called a bully by the teachers union, wants to close underperforming schools, expand non-union charter schools, and let corporations and philanthropies run some schools.

He also wants principals to have the authority to hire who they want, and he backs the use of standardized test results and merit pay to evaluate and reward teachers.

The union wants to drastically reduce class sizes and increase funding for education. It is suspicious of efforts to erode traditional job protections such as tenure, teacher autonomy and seniority. The union believes charter schools – which are taxpayer-funded but not subject to all public school regulations – will undermine public education.

Man, those Chicago union guys have some big… shoulders. If they prevail, parents and students win far beyond Chicago.

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