One of the Democratic party’s most loyal and powerful interest groups is, evidently, falling out of love with the Obama administration. As Peter Sullivan of The Hill reports:
Teachers unions have turned on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration, creating a major divide in the Democratic Party coalition.
Teacher’s unions are to education in this era what the UAW was in the sunset years of American automobile industry: defenders of their own, and a fatal status quo, right to the last ditch.
The problems in American education are vast. (Read Andrew Ferguson on Common Core to understand just how vast—and for the sheer pleasure of reading Andrew Ferguson.) Any solution begins with the finding a way to strip the teachers’ unions of the power to veto any solution they don’t like. And, it seems the only solution they do like is … more of the same plus more money.
Meanwhile, they are showing their muscle. Even in Chicago where their candidate for mayor is polling ahead of Rahm Emanuel, the incumbent.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel might be in trouble. If a recent poll is to be believed, Rahm might have trouble getting reelected.
"Only one in five Chicago voters credit Mayor Rahm Emanuel with doing a better job of running the city than Richard M. Daley did, and only 29 percent would support him if the mayoral election were held today," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel are teaming up to work on "youth empowerment," the White House announced today. They'll join together later this week in Chicago for an event on the issue.
First Lady Michelle Obama is headed next month to Chicago to discuss "Youth Violence," the White House announced today.
"On Wednesday, April 10, First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown to address local business and community leaders about providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential," the White House press release reads.
Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former White House chief of staff, was pushed this morning on why Barack Obama has not worried about guns since becoming president--until now, after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut:
According to an Israeli newspaper, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, the current mayor of Chicago, blasted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for betting "on the wrong man" in the last presidential election. The allegation is that Netanyahu supported Mitt Romney in the election, and not the ultimate winner--President Barack Obama.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Emanuel does not appear to have made the same offer to Republican governors whose states have been hit by the storm.
The schools that were supposed to be open today will not be. The teachers need more time to study an offer that gives them a raise even as the city can't really afford it and they haven't done anything at all to deserve it. This, at a time when millions in the private sector would consider it a gift of providence to have reported for work this morning.