"It's a deal," headlined a Tribune editorial, saying:
Parents "no doubt cheered the news." Wait 'till they find out what they got and see their reaction. Wait 'till teachers and student learn they were sold out.
"Schools will open Monday," said the Tribune. "That's all most parents will care to know." Did Emanuel really get the "reform" he wanted, it asked? Will public education destruction continue unabated? Will marketplace rules replace it?
Can teachers be fired or laid off freely? Will seniority rights no longer matter? Will principals have diktat authority? Will teaching to the test still be policy? Will teacher evaluations depend on prioritizing it over learning and good education? It looks certain on all counts and more.
The Tribune seems almost sanguine about dozens of planned school closures, consolidations, and parents left scrambling over where to send their kids when nearby schools close.
A Chicago Sun Times editorial tried having it both ways. Headlined "Stand up to teachers, but don't demonize them," it said:
"Allow us today to come to the defense of the striking Chicago teachers in a way that will fully please almost nobody, certainly not the teachers."
Teachers aren't greedy, it said. They're not striking for themselves alone. Sure they want better pay, good benefits, and job security. "Who doesn't? No apologies necessary."
They also want justifiable school improvements "so they can do their jobs right".These are not faked-up issues." They're real. Kids can't learn properly in classrooms too cold or hot to learn.