Rahm v. CTU
September 12, 2012 8:37 AM Subscribe
Help me understand the Chicago Teachers Union strike!
posted by masterscruffy to Education (9 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
As a graduate of the Chicago public schools and a resident of Chicago, I have spent the last three days in a very awkward mood. I feel like I am trying to decide who to vote for based on the candidate's television ads. Even with some digging all I can manage to get is the regurgitated rhetoric of either side rewritten in various newspapers and blogs.
In the political sphere there are objective third parties, like the Congressional Budget Office or the Tax Policy Center, that I know I can turn to for a clear analysis of a bill or budget proposal. I'm looking for this type of thing for the teacher's union strike.
Is the city's hand tied by financial constraints or is Rahm trying to convert us all to the cult of charter schools? Are the teachers really holding out for serious systematic changes or is this about the city reneging on its pay increase promises? Help me sort through the rhetoric and get to the bottom of this.
Ideally I'm looking for some third party to look at each side's actual proposals and not just the press releases. I'm also curious about other informed people's view on this crisis but I don't know if that's possible here without turning this into a debate.