"Equal consideration should be given to the students and the citizens who deserve to get the education they are paying for."
I agree with that. However, who is to blame for the Chicago teachers' strike that is going on now? All parties involved must take some responsibility, but the heart of the problem is that we don't make education a priority in America except as a way to exclude certain people from certain jobs. If we really cared about education, it wouldn't be the first item cut in every Congressional budget (along with health care). It is unfair to "punish" parents and students to resolve this issue, but it is also unfair the way Chicago has handled its budget and priorities with regards to education. If it really mattered, teachers would have nothing reasonable to complain about, funding would never be an issue and teacher strikes would be a memory.
The problem with education reform at the moment is that the corporate charter school crap seems to be the only alternative anyone is seriously examining. What we need is a good affordable alternative that makes everyone happy. Sounds hard, doesn't it? I bet we could figure it out.