Don’t Cave Emanuel!

Over the weekend, Chicago Public Schools leaders offered teachers a sweet deal that would make most workers in the city envious. Teachers stood to reap a remarkably generous 16% raise over four years in a new contract. Guaranteed. Ask working stiffs on the street: Would you take that deal? Sure they would.

Chicago school officials committed to the $320 million offer even though they couldn’t say how the cash-starved system would pay for it. Remember, this is a system that has drained its available reserves and raised taxes to the legal limit. There. Is. No. More. Money.

Everyone knows the Chicago Teachers Union response to the CPS offer:  No way. Teachers are on strike. Kids are the losers. The kids are always the losers. This time, make this strike count. Make it a victory for students. The Tribune is begging Mayor Emanuel not to cave.



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