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CTU holds its ground on a better school day; City Council bowed to pressure, let down students and teachers

09/08/2011

CTU holds its ground on a better school day; City Council bowed to pressure, let down students and teachers

CHICAGO – Today, the Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement:

“It is unfortunate the City Council bowed to the pressure of a well-orchestrated propaganda campaign that has no scientific evidence to show that this will do anything to improve the quality of education in our neighborhood schools.  It is shameful that not one politician stood up for our students and teachers who deserve better.  A longer school day is inevitable but how will it be funded and how will it be planned?

“The Chicago Teachers Union supports a longer school day if it's also a better school day.  Our concern is about quality not quantity. We do not want our teachers and paraprofessionals coerced and bullied into signing away their contractual rights in order to get the resources they sorely need.

“The longer school day campaign is nothing more than a political gimmick based on lies, misinformation and half-truths. And a gimmick, even if CPS calls it “education reform,” harms the children of Chicago. They need rich, thoughtful learning, not empty political gestures.”

Chicago Teachers Union