Union crowds erupted into chants of “Brizard just resigned!” and danced to “RESPECT” shortly after noon central time when a rumor swept through the crowds that the Chicago Public Schools CEO had stepped down. Only problem: it was completely made up.
In response to the teachers’ celebrations, Jean-Claude Brizard sent an email out reminding everyone of his commitment to the staying with the Chicago Public Schools:
At yesterday’s protests, teachers hinted that there needed to be some “fall guy” to facilitate an agreement between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the teachers, who are rejecting a 16 percent raise offered by the city because of the inclusion of merit pay requirements and lack of air-conditioning in some schools. Today they are marching at three separate locations, as Occupy continues to take the lead on bringing “solidarity” protesters and organizing the strike protests via twitter.
Watch my video of the strike from yesterday: