When school starts at Leith Walk Elementary in Baltimore on Monday, Robin Weems will greet her new first-grade students. And she won’t be alone: Her husband, a retired Marine, is her classroom assistant. And her son is just across the hall, teaching kindergarten.
Education historian Diane Ravitch says the teachers on the front lines of labor rallies in Wisconsin reflect growing anger among educators nationwide. Teachers are sick and tired, she says, of being blamed for the ills of America’s public schools.
Teachers in the country’s third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if the city and their union can’t come to terms this summer. The vote is just the latest example of the gulf between teachers, Chicago school officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.