Kids are to be exploited for profit, not taught. That's the bottom line of this struggle. Reform is code language for sellout. Teachers, parents and kids don't have a chance if union bosses betray them for their own self-interest. All signs point that way.
They'll claim success to hide failure and betrayal. They'll say they got the best deal possible. At issue is will teachers buy it? How will parents react once they learn they are their children were scammed?
According to TribuneThink, the "knottiest issue in the strike is whether Chicago will stay on the national reform path. Or will Emanuel and CPS, under pressure to restore normalcy, cave to teacher demands".?"
They want their just due. Parents want public, not corporate run schools. Kids want futures. Education isn't a commodity. It's a societal right. It's workable form is headed for the trash bin of history unless heroic efforts save it.
On September 14, the Tribune headlined "Both Sides still optimistic as Chicago teachers strike enters 5th day," saying:
Number crunching delayed a Thursday deal. Details remain unresolved. Lewis called discussions "ebb and flow." CTU lead attorney Robert Block said negotiations go up and down. "There are many areas, facets to be worked out."
One CTU representative said CPS negotiators don't play fair. They're "stopped bargaining and dug in their heels." How can teachers reach an equitable deal without a willing partner? They have none in Emanuel and his cronies.
Negotiations resume Friday. Plans still call for kids back in classrooms Monday. Lewis hopes so but isn't sure. Her body language shows how much she's bent.
CPS psychologist Elizabeth Chapin-Palder claims teachers are cautiously optimistic. Why who knows when behind their backs they're being betrayed. When they find out it'll be too late to matter unless they take matters in their own hands and carry the fight on their own.
Chicago's Substance News editor George Schmidt provides accurate information on issues related to city education. He forthrightly supports teachers. They "know more about the city, its schools, and its children" than city officials, bureaucrats, and CPS and Board of Education bosses combined.
"Will Rahm try to put out this fire with gasoline," he asked? He and officials around him "hint darkly that the strike is 'illegal' because teachers are talking about issues the Board refuses to allow into the union contract."He stops short of using profanity like Emanuel. "The unraveling of (Big Money) leaders".is taking place".before the eyes of the world."
They include class size, recalling laid off veteran teachers, proper year-round classroom temperatures, and others. They're major ones essential for all contracts.
Vitale is a corporate bully. He's used to operate autocratically. He's Emanuel's point man because Brizard already is widely disliked. Vitale replicates his dark side. Daily he lost his temper with negotiators and journalists. His arrogance grates on those around him.
"Whether the unraveled is Vitale on camera, Emanuel fulminating behind the scenes".or Brizard quietly collecting his enormous pay while being told to sit down and shut up off stage, the sight is not pretty."