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Chicago Native Derrick Rose Weighs In on Teachers' Strike


Before the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose took the NBA by storm and became the youngest Most Valuable Player in league history, he earned his basketball chops at Simeon Career Academy, a vocational public high school on the South Side of Chicago.

As you likely know by now, roughly 25,000 Chicago teachers and other school workers went on strike Monday, with teacher evaluations and "recall rights" for laid-off teachers remaining as the primary sticking points, according to our Teacher Beat blogger, Stephen Sawchuk.

Rose hasn't been shy about speaking out about the strike on his Twitter account, which was only created one month ago. On Monday, Rose tweeted:

Then, Tuesday night, he expounded upon his thoughts:

To Chicago's credit, 144 "Children First" schools remain open for a half a day (Sawchuk visited one on Tuesday, in fact), and school sports teams are still allowed to practice, under certain conditions laid out by the Illinois High School Association.

It doesn't change the fact that around 400,000 Chicago public school students are left to roam freely around a city that had more than 250 murders in the first six months of the year, according to The Daily Beast.

Rose isn't just concerned about students missing their regular school lessons. He's concerned about them staying alive—a somewhat underreported aspect of this whole strike.

Photo: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wipes his face during the first half of Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago on April 28. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

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