With all the hullabaloo, it's easy to overlook one of the most striking features of last week's strike: From park districts to libraries to not-for-profits to private homes -- almost every kid in this increasingly dangerous city had a safe place to ride out the strike.
Union power is no longer sacrosanct. Unions can no longer phrase the debate as "us versus them" as leaders from Cory Booker in Newark to Antonio Villaraigosa in L.A. chafe against union interests in a push to reform large urban school systems.
This week a lot of Democrats and "liberals" are attacking Chicago teachers for what they tell us are their extravagant and "unreasonable" demands. It's funny: If they think teaching's such a gravy train, why have they all become bankers instead?
Teachers, paraprofessionals, and school clinicians: Keep your heads up. The public is behind educators even though the corporate education reform establishment continues to try to drive a wedge between teachers and the public they serve.