Think of the Children

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers’ Union, has alleged that Rahm Emanuel privately told her that “25 percent of the students in this city are never going to be anything, never going to amount to anything and he was never going to throw money at them.”

This is only the latest example of a classic teachers’ union tactic: using the children they are supposed to care for as human shields during contract negotiations.

Mayor Emanuel is pushing back against the CTU’s request for 30 percent raises across the board over the next two years and $713 million in new spending to reduce class sizes by hiring more teachers (swelling union rolls).

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