‘The Revolution Will Not Be Standardized’: Day Two of the Chicago Teachers Strike
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The teachers' battle is being seen by Chicagoans and people around the country as a battle not only about teacher evaluation, job security and pay but also a referendum on the future of public education and the role of non-union charter schools and for-profit companies.
“They’re looking at it from the business aspect versus the educational aspect, but education is not a business,” says Sabrina Coulter, a CTU member and school nurse for the past three and a half years, who noted that school nurses usually cover up to six different schools.
Herman says she’s been frustrated with statements from the mayor’s office and media reports that she thinks make it look like Emanuel wants to distance himself from the teachers and the strike.
“It’s like he doesn’t want to dirty his hands with it, he keeps saying ‘they should work it out,’” she says.
But at the downtown rally there was no doubt people blame the mayor and schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. “This strike was approved by Rahm Emanuel,” read one sign.
“What Rahm wants: test-taking factories, outsource public education to private charters, close 100 schools,” read another.
Another read simply: “The Revolution will not be Standardized.”