Emanuel Pinned Down by Teachers

Photograph by M. Spencer Green/AP Photo

Striking Chicago Public School teacher, Lanessa Mendoza, left, pickets with fellow teachers from Peck Elementary School as Mayor Rahm Emanuel was visiting with students taking part at the Safe Haven program at Maranatha Church in Chicago, on Sept. 10, 2012.

The Chicago teacher strike, which has kept more than 350,000 students out of the city’s classroom for three days, has scuttled plans for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to address the Municipal Forum of New York on Friday.

The mayor had planned to make a presentation to the luncheon at the Yale Club, talking about his city’s finances.

The event has been rescheduled to Oct. 5, according to a spokesman for the group.

The combative mayor, and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, may have met his match in the teachers’ union president in Chicago, the New York Times notes today — “The only way to beat a bully is to stand up to a bully,” leader Karen Lewis explains.

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