Jane McAlevey’s survey of labor unions shows that organizing and strikes still work.
A church on my street fed food-insecure kids while schools were closed. The work of justice flowed outward from the table.
State governments have been cutting funding for schools. Many teachers have had enough.
A knotty issue in the Chicago teachers strike is teacher assessments.
Americans are not very good with failure. We take it personally; we draw lines in the sand and cast blame. And the Chicago Public Schools are, for the most part, failing—failing to provide an environment that fosters teacher excellence, failing to provide a physical environment in which kids can learn, failing to graduate kids with the basic skills to succeed, failing to graduate kids at all.
I'm tired of seeing public education set up to fail and then blamed for its own failure, with special blame always reserved for teachers.