CHICAGO teachers went on strike this week for the first time in 25 years. Thousands protested due to contract disputes, which include input from Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The dispute spread to other states and caused the Mayor to halt political fundraising until the strike ends. This is now creating issues with the election and turning into a big mess.
The last time Chicago teacher’s went on strike was in 1987. It is memorable because I was a junior in high school that year and feared a dreadful extension of my senior year. Most children likely have some of the same concerns, because they are the most affected by the strike. While some are relieved to extend their summer vacation, many become confused and discouraged. Parents are also forced to find alternative arrangements to replace the school day, which adds to the stress of a tough economy.
It’s unfortunate that teachers never seem to receive the praise, support, and compensation they deserve. This is one of the toughest jobs on the planet and their committment is honorable and often under appreciated. They should be heard and deserve full support from students, parents, politicians and all others involved.
Will this also hurt President Obama’s’ re-election campaign? Many believe it just might cause a problem for him in the near future. Mayor Emanuel canceling all fundraising efforts until the end of the strike seems to confirm this belief. It probably also does not help that Obama is close to the Mayor, who is in the center of this huge dispute. The President is already facing a tough road to a win, so this could be the setback the Romney camp is looking for to slide right in.
Teacher’s have asked that red be worn in support of their cause, so the city should look like a flame until this is resolved. Let’s hope they come to an agreement soon…students losing days of learning is unacceptable. But not supporting our teacher’s who work hard to educate our children is also a crime.
They all need to step up to the plate and get this done.
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