Chicago Public Schools has placed the wellbeing of its students at the bottom of the totem pole as they continue to negotiate with the Chicago Teachers Union over returning to in-person learning.
Leo Terrell joined Fox News’ Martha MacCallum with reaction.
“As a former school teacher, it hurts. Let me tell you right now,” Terrell said, “here’s a kid at a public school basically saying that the teachers and the politicians do not care about them. He’s absolutely right.”
Terrell urged that the teachers union and democratic leadership play for the same team, and only care about power.
“12th grade is the most important year for college choices, taking the SAT, and I’ll tell you, Martha, the problem is very simple,” he said. “You got the teachers union and the democratic leadership in bed with each other and the bottom line is, they care about power and control.”
“This is the same teachers union that does not want school choice. School choice is the key to break the poverty cycle.”
Terrell blasted Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot for crying during a press conference, saying if she really cared about the students, she would have done something by now.
“Yesterday I saw your program with the mayor, Lori Lightfoot in Chicago and she was crying,” he noted. “Those are crocodile tears because for 6 months, if she really cares about those kids, you look at what happened in Chicago and all these democratic cities and isn’t it ironic, Martha, in these democratic cities they have kept the public schools closed but yet the private schools are open. That is the problem in LA, where I live, in Chicago, and in these big democratic cities.”
He reiterated that all the teachers unions and democratic leadership care about is power.
“Teachers unions, democratic leadership in bed with each other,” he said. “They care about power and control.”
“Crocodile tears. Martha, all summer, Chicago, black on black crime, the rioting, the protesting. She’s sitting here now, 9 months later, trying to gain sympathy? She was in charge all year.”
Democrats always claim to follow the science, but Terrell pointed out that the science says schools should be open.
“I know the democrats don’t want to mention it, but there’s a guy named President Trump who said open the schools up,” he said. “Even Joe Biden’s own CDC director says open the schools up. The democrats play the card of ‘we follow the science.’ The science says open the schools up,” he added.
“You know what this says, Martha? The teachers unions are more powerful than the care and the welfare of the kids and that’s what has been happening in these democratic cities,” he urged.
“I hope the voters wake up.”