I don't know about you, but having gone through what we did in Wisconsin last year, the Chicago Teacher's strike is an amazing thing for me to watch. And what's at stake if Mayor Rahm Emanuel does cave is monumental. Teachers and other public employees in Wisconsin were sure voters would have their back in a recall.
Teachers in Chicago are sure parents will have their back and force CPS and City Hall to cave. And that might happen. But if teachers are wrong and parents in Chicago are hungrier for reform than they're gambling on, this will be a remarkable turning point in education reform. Emanuel, the villian in this story is a liberal democrat. If he stands strong the Tribune is right, the process can start over and CPS and City Hall can be far less generous.
This is about who runs the schools. That's what it was about in Wisconsin. And as I've said before the reason unions were so desperate to end this fight in Wisconsin was because they were afraid Democratic officials would follow Governor Scott Walker's lead. Make no mistake; Emanuel is no Scott Walker. And that's what's important here. If a liberal Democrat stands strong, even though the reforms are very modest compared to what Wisconsin saw, it could be a greater turning point than Act 10 was here.