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Daley: Teachers Shouldn't Strike

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 5, 2011 3:07PM

The State Legislature is currently debating a bill called Performance Counts which, if passed into law, would link teacher tenure to student test scores, make it easier to fire ineffective teachers and restrict teachers' right to strike.

If Performance Counts passes and Gov. Quinn signs the bill into law, Illinois would be joining a dozen other states in curbing teachers rights to strike. Most of these states are doing so in order to qualify for the Obama Administration's Race to the Top initiative that rewards states that overhaul their public education systems.

Mayor Daley, a supporter of Performance Counts, also believes that teachers shouldn't strike. Daley made his opinions public during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a school on the West side Monday. In the process, Daley gave us another quote for the ages: saying adults should never be allowed to "overcome the future of a child."