Have been reading up a bit this afternoon on the Chicago teachers strike, and really want to better understand what's going on. Most stories just quote Rahm Emanuel, a few picketing teachers, and an angry parent or two, cite a somewhat mysterious $70,000-$80,000 average salary number(*), and call it a day.
I know there's a lot of back story here (both on teacher unions in general and on Chicago specifically) that isn't always included in major media summaries — I'd love to find some niche Chicago blogs or writers that have some real context for this. Please add them or link to their stories here if you know them.
Help me understand: What's going on with the Chicago teachers strike?