47 Percent of Chicago Voters Support Teachers’ Strike

A 500-person poll conducted by the Chicago Sun Timesfound that 47 percent of Chicago’s registered voters support the Chicago Public Teachers strike. 39 percent oppose the strike, while 14 percent claimed they don’t know.

In another poll, the Timesasked: “How good a job has Mayor Rahm Emanuel done in dealing with CTU (Chicago Teachers’ Union)?”

About 75 percent of respondents said Emanuel was doing an average or below average job.  Thirteen percent said he was doing a good job, and only 6 percent said he was doing an excellent job.

Talks resumed this morning while teachers continued their second day on strike. Although the school board has stated that they are close to reaching a deal, the Chicago Teachers Union issued a statement, stating that of the 49 articles in its contract, only six have been resolved.

The Chicago Public Schools has made proposals to change nearly every article … It is not accurate to say both sides are extremely close — this is misinformation on behalf of the board and Mayor Emanuel.  We have a considerable way to go. This is a fact they cannot deny.

Read today’s featured article, “Why the Chicago Teachers Strike Is Really About Better Schools,” to learn more about the strike.



AlterNet / By Alyssa Figueroa

Posted at September 11, 2012, 1:40pm