Chicago Teachers Strike: Will Arne Duncan Or Obama Defend Rahm Emanuel?
Duncan was the former leader of Chicago Public Schools and Emanuel was Obama's former of chief of staff. But neither Duncan nor Obama has publicly backed Emanuel yet, though they have supported the policies Emanuel is standing up for.
Only 19 percent of Chicago's registered voters polled Monday said Emanuel was doing a "good" or "excellent" job handling the strike, so he could get benefit from a presidential backing. Emanuel had to temporarily stop helping Obama raise money for his campaign to focus on the strike.
Duncan will be in the San Francisco Bay Area and Nevada Wednesday as part of town halls on education. Those could provide opportunities for questions on Chicago.
Why are the teachers striking anyway? The union's spin is that they suddenly have some reservations about a previously agreed-to plan to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers and they want fired teachers to be the first ones re-hired.