Should Chicago Parents Think About Our Own Public School Walk Out?

Yesterday, after a few premature reports that they had decided not to strike before the end of the year, the leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union announced that they had not yet decided when they will walk out of the city’s classrooms.

Hmmm…makes me think even harder about the question that Marilyn Rhames raised a few weeks ago: If a walkout is so effective in helping teachers get what they want out of the school system, should parents be thinking about a walkout of their own?

Read her challenging blog here.

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Chris Butler is first a husband and a dad. He has been involved across the spectrum of public engagement activities and has worked with a number of diverse constituencies in urban and suburban communities. He has also been involved in several political campaigns including his service as a youth and young adult coordinator for Barack Obama’s primary bid for U.S. Senate. Chris worked as deputy campaign manager and field director for A+ Illinois where he developed a strong, statewide field operation including over 500 organizations and 50,000 individuals around the state working to bring adequacy and equity to Illinois’ school funding system and as the director of advocacy and outreach at New Schools for Chicago, a leader in school reform in Chicago. Chris is a 2006 graduate of the Ministry Training Institute and holds a degree in civic and political engagement from Northeastern Illinois University.