I don't know about you but I'm still feeling a little bit of strike hangover. All that for... what, exactly? And I'm wondering if rank and file teachers might be feeling the same things.
So you went out on strike and voted yes on the good contract. You're back in your classroom. The year is finally getting rolling. But ... what? Something feels wrong. Or at least not all that good.
The mayor is against you (or at least doesn't need you). The President is with you, but only in the most abstract sense. The parents were with you -- at least until those last two extra days.
But there are WAY too many under-performing and under-enrolled schools, dwindling numbers of kids willing to go to them, and a wave of charter schools on its way to sop up any dissatisfied or (god forbid) new parents.
In fact, the strike might have re-energized the charter movement, forced parents to consider charters anew, and hardened charter advocates against cooperating with CPS and CTU like is being done in other cities.
CTU can fight against closings and call for an elected board, but if there aren't enough parents and kids then it gets harder and harder to make the case.
And anybody who's actually read about school board elections -- $5 million spent a $48,000 LA school board position in 2011 -- might not be so sure that more campaigns is the answer.