Chicago is the LAST place teachers need to be going on strike. Chicago is the number one city in the world now for the most violence.
— June 20 ❤ (@_ItsJuiceee) September 10, 2012
"Teachers will picket until we get a fair contract" CTU President Karen Lewis. First teachers strike in 25 years. #chicago
— Lisa Fielding (@Lisa_Fielding) September 10, 2012
Karen Lewis: No CTU members will be inside our schools in morning
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 10, 2012
— Crain's Chicago (@CrainsChicago) September 10, 2012
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) September 10, 2012
Late tonight, the head of the Chicago Teachers’ Union announced a citywide strike of more than 26,000 members after talks with the district broke down. The public employees’ union opposes teacher evaluations, merit-based pay raises, and smaller increases in pay due to budget woes. CTU president Karen Lewis earned criticism from across the spectrum for her combative statement tonight, including a hostile swipe at public charter schools that will defy the strike, put kids first, and open tomorrow:
"Schools – real schools – will not open tomorrow" – Karen Lewis's not so subtle dig at charter schools. #ctustrike
— Elizabeth Green (@elizwgreen) September 10, 2012
I dislike how Karen Lewis said "real" schools will be closed. Aren't the ones open for those who need a place for their kids to go?
— Brandie185 (@Brandie185) September 10, 2012
Did Karen Lewis just say that Charter schools are not real schools? #Chicago
— Meela Palomo (@Meela312) September 10, 2012
Nice non-work if you can get it:
— toni gleeson (@3dudesandalady) September 10, 2012
— Trinitromethylbenzen (@smittie61984) September 10, 2012
Many Windy City observers braced for more violence after a summer wracked by youth mobs, shootings, and chaos:
I'm worried about the amount of violence that Chicago will see while during this teachers' strike
— Cedric Shine (@cedricshine) September 10, 2012
First teachers strike in 25 years in Chicago. The city is cloaked in violence much of it involving the youth. Schools should be open.
— Mario (@marioinhydepark) September 10, 2012
That teacher strike only means more violence & innocent bystanders for Chicago. It's sad
— Traeatrix Kiddo (@ImDinah_Mite) September 10, 2012
If Chicago teachers strike, violence will increase in the streets and the blood will be on their hands. Who's looking out for the kids?
— Paul Goldsmith (@PaulJGoldsmith) September 10, 2012
As if the crime rate, violence, and murder rate wasn't enough for the city of #Chicago… Now the teachers are going on strike. SMH.
— EJ (@Ejayjones3) September 10, 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a late-night press conference to express his “disappointment.”
— Ustream News (@UstreamNews) September 10, 2012
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) September 10, 2012
— Tony DiLascio (@TADiLascio) September 10, 2012
Parting words from Rahm: “Our kids belong in the classroom.”
Many Twitter users are putting their hope not in government, but in … prayer:
With the amount of violence already happening in Chicago, please pray for a short strike, cool weather & the Church to step up to plate.
— Brian Dye (@visionnehemiah) September 10, 2012
We all need to pray for the children of Chicago during the strike especially considering the violence that city has faced this year…
— M.L.K. Hodges (@mlkingh) September 10, 2012
Saddened to learn that Chicago Public School teachers are going on strike tomorrow. Pray for our children.
— Joel Barnes (@JoelDavidBarnes) September 10, 2012
If you believe prayer works, take a moment to pray for the safety of our children in Chicago during this strike.
— TeeTee (@SweetTee720) September 10, 2012