Frustrated by ongoing budget cuts, layoffs, and the Chicago school board’s support for privatization, the Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to take a “Day of Action” on April 1.
The union has been fighting for the needs of the students of Chicago public schools. The union is in a two-front battle for survival: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner both prefer charter schools to public schools. Both are hostile to the CTU. Rauner, a hedge fund manager and political amateur, has been unable to get a budget passed by the legislature, and the schools face a growing deficit without adequate funding. Meanwhile, the Chicago Public Schools–led by a non-educator–is demanding ever more layoffs and budget cuts. Chicago doesn’t want to pay for public education. The constant attacks on the union and on teachers hurts children. It means increased class sizes and loss of the arts, librarians, and other services.
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