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September Surprise in Chicago

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Hold the cheers. Hold firm for equitable rights. Force Emanuel to yield. Save public education. Support teachers, parents and kids. Fight corporate profiteers and beat 'em.

A New York Times editorial headlined "In Search of Excellent Teaching," saying:

Standardized testing, teaching to the test, and teacher evaluation programs "are better than" what they replaced. They're "far from perfect," but "(s)rates and cities, like Chicago, will need to keep working at them to ensure fairness, accuracy and transparency."

In fact, they're cover to fire teachers, close schools, deprive kids, and ruin education by commodifying it.

A Washington Post editorial headlined "What's best for Chicago's schoolchildren? saying:

"(L)oss of".precious school time didn't seem to faze the (CTU) that fomented this reckless strike"." It came "as no surprise."

Resisting Obama's Race to the Top denies poor kids a chance for futures out of poverty. "(U)nions need to".become part of the solution." Otherwise "they should stop standing in the way of charter schools that give parents" a better option.

The Post endorses privatize, privatize, privatize. It's not alone.

A Wall Street Journal editorial headlined "The Union Wins in Chicago," saying:

"How much more does it want?" CTU officials staged an "illegal strike." They know Emanuel and Obama can't tolerate a protracted "battle in an election year"."

Inner-city school failure "is so profound that incremental reforms like Chicago's aren't nearly enough." Radical change is necessary. Privatizing lifts all boats. The corporate solution makes things worse, not better.

It's betrayal, a sellout, a scam. Teachers, parents and kids are harmed. They'll lose out on issues mattering most. Their rights aren't bargaining chips. They're essential to maintain, assure and improve. 

It's critical they're not sacrificed on the alter of marketplace education. That's the core issue up for grabs. 

Union bosses explain little. City officials and media scoundrels suppress all discussion. Teachers, parents and kids lose out. Sacrificing them counts little. Bottom line priorities matter most. 

Making America livable again depends on changing what's too broken to tolerate. There's no in between.

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