Despite multiple polls that show a majority of Chicagoans support the ongoing teachers strike, including two-thirds of parents within the district, the one parent the New York Times bothered to interview apparently doesn't:
“We’re spending half of our life trying to figure out what to do with the kids this week,” Roger Wilen, a lawyer and parent of three, said on Sunday evening. “This is ridiculous.”
Last week Mr. Wilen and his wife had tested nearly every option for their children — finding a baby sitter, working from home, using an alternative school program, even taking the children to work — and were, by this weekend, feeling tested themselves. “We need them in school,” he said.
Well, there you have it: The voice of the average, middle class, Chicago parent struggling to find child care during this disruptive and "ridiculous" teachers strike. That is, if by average, middle class, Chicago parent you mean a partner at the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP with a practice specializing in private equity, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions:
Since the beginning of 2004, Mr. Wilen has served as lead legal counsel in excess of thirty acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations and dispositions for these and other buyout groups. His representations include the acquisition of majority, controlling positions as well as significant minority investments with institutional protections. Most of Mr. Wilen’s transactions include complex acquisition structures financed with multiple tiers of debt (including seller financing) and equity. Often, these acquisitions involve tax-deferred rollovers, and tax-efficient equity incentive arrangements, for the management team.
I'm sure Mitt Romney would agree that Mr. Wilen and his family are the very picture of a struggling middle class household. And apparently, so does the New York Times.
(On a side note, Mr. Wilen's wife, Julie, works as the Director of Strategic Planning at the Center for Urban Education Leadership, where she helps train principals in the Chicago Public Schools. So it's not exactly like she's a neutral observer when it comes to education issues. Just sayin'.)