Teachers went on strike to fight for classroom conditions, funding, and the future of those they teach.
In a surprise move, Chicago Public Schools laid off 2,113 teachers and support staff, claiming that expensive pension payments "forced" them to do it.
Video clips prove that astroturf groups are fighting the battle to take over Chicago schools for profit, at the expense of students and teachers.
Despite protests and heartbreaking testimony from parents, students and teachers, the Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50 elementary schools in some of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods.
Over 130 people were led away and ticketed by police in Chicago as thousands of teachers, parents and students protested against a decision to close 54 public schools. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has refused further negotiations, apparently making the closings a done deal.
First of all, a big round of applause for Sam Seder and his terrific job guest-hosting Up With Chris Hayes this weekend. More of him, please? Today Sam spent a long time on education in the context of the teachers' strike, and of all the