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September Surprise in Chicago

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End job security. Pay teachers less than they're worth. Cut their benefits. Keep class sizes too large to handle. Deprive kids of personal attention. Accept the canard that Chicago hasn't the resources to educate them properly. Say nothing about handing them to business friends and cronies.

Sacrifice teaching and learning. Force-feed standardized tests requiring rote memory. Mandate annual assessments. Give principals diktat authority. Let them sack good teachers because kids can't perform under a broken system hamstringing them.

Enlist high-profile self-serving figures like Jesse Jackson. He and others like him helped destroy hard-won civil rights. He chose wealth, power, and influence over doing what's right. 

He surrendered to what he should have fought. He abandoned systemic change. He betrayed his own people in the process. 

He feigned solidarity with Chicago teachers. He wants them back in classrooms, not on the front lines fighting for fundamental rights.

He and like-minded allies are on the wrong side of history. They support bossism over labor and good education. They're concerned only about what's best for themselves.

So do city officials, union bosses, and media scoundrels. They're not happy about teacher activism. They want public education, labor rights, and other bedrock societal ones abandoned for their way.

Chicago Tribune editors headlined "If the teachers say no," saying:

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Chicago teachers decided to "keep the school doors locked on Chicago's kids and parents."

CPS (Chicago Public Schools) officials "already made significant concessions"." They gave "too much ground"."

"CPS has to make it clear to teachers that the deal on the table" won't get better. What's on the table is a "best and final offer. "It's a good deal for CTU members."

In fact, they gave much too much, got too little, and caved on what matters most.

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A Chicago Sun Times editorial headlined "Call off the strike," saying:

"The deal released late Saturday is a win for both the teachers and the schools." It's as far as Emanuel can go".Chicago students must return to school."

"Chicago's new contract sets the stage for major change that we hope will significantly improve teaching and learning".This is a day to celebrate."

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