The rally itself was unique. By this video, I judged that there must have been at least 200 people there and possible as many as 1000. The thing that stands out is that they are all wearing red shirts. Do you know who else all wore the same colored shirts? Nazis all wore the same colored shirts. In the video, you can see how the teachers intimidated parents, nurses, and even cops into supporting them. This rally is only the first step as the CTU races head long into a strike vote on this Wednesday. The teachers seem unwilling to accept a 2% pay increase for working only 20% more time. They also have taken offense to the notion of having 55 students in a classroom. They're lucky to have jobs.
Now, at the beginning of the video is a clip of Jonah Edelman. I feel so sorry for Jonah right now. Stand for Children does much of the same work that Last Stand for Children First does. Stand spent good money buying state legislators to get through a law called SB7, which allowed the Chicago Public Schools to refuse to negotiate with teachers on most issues having to do with the quality of the school day. They covered their butts by requiring a 75% strike vote by the teachers. How was he to know they could actually get it? It seems to me if you spend good money on a whole branch of government, they should pass another law to protect your investment as a sort of a warranty.
Chicago's elite are hurt the most by this turmoil. You just wish these lazy teachers cared as much about the children of the city as heiresses and hedge fund managers do. Heiress Susan Crown,