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September 18, 2012
City Council Progressive Caucus Statement Regarding Chicago Teachers Union Agreement
Today we are happy to say that the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools have reached an agreement and our kids will be returning to school where they belong. It has been a difficult nine days but the conversations about the future of Public Education in our city were long overdue. These conversations did not just happen in the bargaining room or in City Hall but at dinner tables around our city.
We believe that from the very beginning Chicago’s teachers wanted what is best for their students and for our schools. Their experience and knowledge should be the basis for future improvements to the Chicago Public School System. They deserve to work in an environment that respects their work as educators helping to ensure that every child has an equal chance to succeed.
As we move forward from today, we hope that the conversations about improving our public education system continue. It is our job as elected officials and educators to work together to provide the highest quality public education possible.
Ald. Bob Fioretti (2) Ald. Leslie Hairston (5) Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6)
Ald. Toni Foulkes (15) Ald. Rick Munoz (22) Ald. Scott Waguespack (32)
Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36) Ald. John Arena (45)