Chicago’s teachers went on strike Friday to protest budgetary issues, and they’re trying to keep the spotlight.

“Trying to generate attention and a sense of urgency is the point,” said Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey, “Now we’ve got to keep the momentum going. The protests started a process that is critical and needed.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner, the target of much of the union’s ire, called the strike the “height of arrogance” and said this action could have been avoided.

“If local controls had already been enacted, negotiations likely would have been concluded by now, a strike would have been averted and taxpayers and children would have been protected,” Rauner said. “Let’s pass real reforms to give the families of Illinois a better future.”

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