Last week, the Chicago Board of Education voted to shutter 50 public schools and programs across the city due to falling enrollment. The move by the mayor-appointed Board is meant to help divert public funding to areas where it might do more good.
Predictably, the Chicago Teachers Union is outraged and coming down hard on Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The group's president, Karen Lewis, called the vote a "day of mourning" for the children of Chicago and pledged to start an organized effort to drive Emanuel from office:
“Clearly, we have to change the political landscape in the city,” Lewis said. “We have to go back to old-style democracy.”
"Old-style democracy"? You really have to wonder what that means in a city like Chicago...
The union announced that it’s hosting the first in a series of training sessions Thursday for volunteers to register 100,000 new voters.
"We know that we may not win every seat we intend to target but with research, polling, money and people power we can win some of them," Lewis added.
Emanuel is up for reelection in 2015.