Recently Chicago teachers went on strike against a school system willing to put thousands out of a job. They are striking because the schools want to start basing teacher evaluations on their students standardized test scores. While this might sound like an effective way to judge teachers and their ability to teach students the material necessary to succeed academically it also does not account for environmental and social factors. Some students could come from lower income households and have different situations that prevent them from focusing on academics thereby forcing them to achieve less than optimal grades. This then affects the teachers and makes the board of whatever school district think that they are not worth the money to pay them and so the teacher is out of work. The problem though with this strike is that it affects the students more than the teachers. Around 350,000 students are and have been out of the classroom for almost 8 days now. If the teachers want to keep their grassroots appeal they need to at least alleviate the problem of kids being out of school or they will lose support of the communities involved. With the president currently running for election it would be in his best interest to try to save as many of these teaching jobs as possible. A higher unemployment rate is not appealing to voters let alone unemployment in education.