Chicago teachers' strike bad for Obama?

A good question raised by Carol Felsenthal over at Chicago Magazine:

President Obama cannot be delighted that Mitt Romney joined Rahm in the fight yesterday. [“Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children,” Romney said of the strike in Obama’s hometown.) Obama, who did not respond to Romney and made no public statement on the standoff, desperately needs a fired-up union membership to turn out for him and to drag others to the polls. But his administration’s support for charter schools (staffed by nonunion faculties) as well as his advocating for merit pay—salary levels and tenure decisions set by analyzing scores of frequently administered standardized tests—do not make a foundation for adoration. And neither does the president’s and First Lady’s decision to send their own children to the University of Chicago Lab Schools (where Rahm’s children attend) when they lived here—and, now, to the private Sidwell Friends School in D.C.

I wouldn't worry too much about the latter (Obama and Emanuel sending their kids to private schools). Seems that 39 percent of the Chicago teachers do too.

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