Today, Chicago’s public school students don’t have any classes to attend, and NO, it’s not a Holiday.
After weeks of negotiations, Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s team and the Chicago Teacher’s Union failed to agree on a contract. On Sunday night, CTU officially announced it was going to strike for the first time in a quarter century. So today, instead of teaching, the union’s 26,000 educators are out on protest.
According to the Huffington Post; “In the morning, no CTU members will be inside our schools,” CTU President Karen Lewis said Sunday at a late-night press conference outdoors, surrounded by throngs of reporters and teachers. She appeared in a bright red jacket with crimson lipstick, the intensity of her wardrobe illustrating the defiance in her words. “We will walk the picket lines, we will talk to parents, we … will demand a fair contract today, we demand a fair contract now,” she said, calling the ordeal an “education justice fight.”
With the amount of crime and violence that has occurred over the last 6 months alone in Chicago, did the Union really think this was a good idea? I don’t claim to know all the answers, but I do think the well being of the students should be at the forefront. And from what I gather, a strike should have been the last means of action. It appears as if it were the first.
Just My Thoughts…
Last night, Sanga’, Jennifer Hudson chatted with Oprah Winfrey for Oprah‘s new series ‘Next Chapter‘, about her weight loss and her first conversation about the murders of her family members, where she reveals that she’s forgiven William Balfour for the crime.