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Karen Lewis is president of the Chicago Teachers Union. She was a high school chemistry teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 22 years and is a co-founder of United Working Families, a citywide independent political organization.

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She has a point, she didn’t say this directly, but she said it indirectly by observation of the state of the community. The schools have unfortunately become the parents, moral authority, police, etc. for these kids. Their real parents can’t even pack a lunch. She names a dozen things teachers can do that parents should be doing, in defense of her Union. The problem is schools will always make incredibly bad parents, especially when their hands are tied by litigation risk-aversion rules. I wish they would stick to teaching, and again she conveniently ignores the horrible academic outcome to spending ratio. Yet argues all these other things… Read more »