If you care about the plight of America’s K-12 students, especially Chicago’s, invest an hour to watch the free film linked below.

It’s a documentary from the Illinois Policy Institute showing how the Chicago Teachers Union came to be a dominant political force and the impact of their militant leadership on students, parents and the city of Chicago. It also sets out solutions to those challenges.

Its relevance is not limited to Chicago. The CTU is the local affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, which shares its philosophy. From the film’s producers:

Proudly radical, explicitly political and confrontational to its core, the Chicago Teachers Union has revolutionized the American labor movement. But as the union tightens its grip on Illinois and exports its influence nationwide, “Local 1” reveals the true cost for students, parents and teachers – and provides hope for a brighter future.


February 14, 2023 - Wirepoints - Mark Glennon