theodp writes: Less than a week after classes began for most school children, Chicago's 25,000 unionized public school teachers are expected to walk off the job Monday for the first time in 25 years. Citing the city's latest offer, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a 'strike of choice' on the part of the teachers' union. Andrew Broy, president of the Bill Gates-backed Illinois Network of Charter Schools, said he expects uncertainty over a teachers strike to boost charter enrollment, pushing it to more than 50,000 students. The city's 118 charter schools — some of which are bankrolled by tech billionaires — are not affected by a strike, which is likely to exacerbate the battle of the Chicago Teachers Union vs. Astroturf Billionaires.
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