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Chicago Teachers React to Mayor’s Teacher Appreciation Video

Chicago Teachers React to Mayor’s Teacher Appreciation Video

Chicago teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been at odds for years, with tensions continuing to be high following a one-day strike deemed illegal by the district in early April.

Though a video posted by Emanuel to the Chicago Mayor’s Office Facebook page featuring Emanuel seems like the mayor is trying to make nice on National Teacher Appreciation Day, his post was not well-received by the 20,000 people who have viewed it thus far.

“I know it’s been a difficult year, but your work is tremendously rewarding,” Emanuel said in the video.

“Chicago has been better off and continues to be better off because you’re giving our children a chance at a better and brighter future, so thank you.”

Though brief, the 30-second video has resulted in many comments from educators ticked off by the mayor’s attempt to offer support. Too little, too late was the general tone.

"I can't believe you have the nerve to post this,” said one commenter.

"'It's been a difficult year'. Buddy, you have no idea how difficult it is being a teacher in CPS, and it's largely due to you,” said another.

“Actions speak louder than words,” and a simple “BS” are examples of comments that followed.

Indeed, the many negative comments directed at Emanuel’s video inspired the Chicago Tribune to write the headline: “Emanuel thanks teachers, gets roasted for it.” 

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Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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