Education: Cold Shutdown

Chicago's teachers walk out

The thermometer read 10° F as 3,000 teachers gathered last week in Chicago's downtown Daley Center to jeer at politicians, bankers and the insolvent Chicago board of education. On one demonstrator's placard was a photograph of Mayor Jane Byrne ringed menacingly by a bull's-eye target. Snapped a teacher: "I'm too angry to feel the cold." Others were out in the cold too: the city's 473,000 public school students. With most of their teachers taking part in what the 26,000-member Chicago Teachers Union called a "constructive lockout," all but a handful of the kids stayed away from their classrooms....

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