The seemingly out-of-the-blue Chicago teachers strike is deeply complicated, very important, and a potential political game-changer. Every question about American education and the presidential race is part of the strike.
In a divisive education policy conversation which pits one set of schools and politicians against another, educators must lead the charge to learn from other schools. We must stand on the shoulders of those who work alongside us.
As they've made known their views about everything from health care and taxes to abortion and gay marriage, education has thus far been overlooked as a big-ticket issue. But that doesn't mean the leading candidates don't have opinions -- or track records.