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CTU responds to Solomon sentencing

CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union today released the following statement upon the sentencing of SUPES co-owner Gary Solomon to 7 years in federal prison for bribing former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett for no-bid education contracts:

“More worrisome than a colleague of the former Chicago Public Schools CEO going to prison for a bribery scandal is how preying upon students is now the Chicago norm.

“Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked board members have cost our school communities hundreds of millions of dollars in graft. While venture capitalists and real estate moguls get richer, students, educators, and parents are threatened with layoffs, furloughs, and school closures. It’s no mystery why the vast majority of Chicagoans demand an elected school board.

“Meanwhile, the governor is coming after working Chicagoans with more unconstitutional efforts to rob a majority-women workforce of their retirement security, and holding the state budget hostage to his ideological agenda.

“The challenges of our school district revolve around the lack of revenue. Rahm can make the budget deficit go away by employing short term fixes like draining the TIF surplus and reinstating a corporate head tax, while Rauner can alleviate the pain for the entire state by producing a budget with new streams of revenue to fund every school in the state equitably.

“This is yet another sad day for families that depend on a stable public school system. Now that the courts have held Solomon accountable for his actions, it’s time for voters to do the same for Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner.”

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The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information please visit the CTU website at www.ctunet.com.

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