Rahm Emanuel has just added his name to the growing list of blue politicians taking on the core institutions of the blue model. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chicago School Board has followed the mayor’s advice and voted on plans to restructure a number of the city’s failing schools—often by dismissing the entire staff and forcing them to reapply for their jobs, and occasionally by closing the schools outright. As would be expected, teachers unions are none too happy. The Chicago Teachers Union had already taken the dramatic step of declining to endorse Emanuel for mayor in last year’s election, and it has complained bitterly about this latest plan.Over the past year or two, the desire to curb the power of teachers unions has become a point of bipartisan, mainstream consensus. This may just be the tip of the iceberg. As more blue model institutions out themselves as ineffective, expensive and unsustainable, look for blue politicians, especially at the state and local level, to repudiate their past faith. This may be the most important political shift to watch out for in the coming decade.
Rahm Takes on the Blue Model