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CTU President Karen Lewis joins fired Head Start aides for morning rally, addresses Board of Education today

CHICAGO—Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis today at 9:30 a.m. will join Head Start Program Resource Assistants fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a protest and press conference before speaking at the monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting. The mayor last week fired 38 aides, predominantly women of color, servicing Chicago Public Schools (CPS) pre-kindergarten parents and students in Head Start programs throughout the city. The 38 experienced pre-school assistants will be replaced by just 13 new staff members, who will supposedly offering services to far more families. 

“The mayor claims he is expanding pre-school access, but next year’s plan continues a pattern of reducing resources and accessibility, and families have already been dropping out of the system because it is increasingly difficult to register children for these critical programs,” said President Lewis said early this week. “We currently serve less than 25 percent of the city’s children in need of early learning access with quality, full-day programs, and cutting from Head Start will exacerbate the loss of children enrolling in the program, which has already been in free fall.”



CTU President Karen Lewis, Head Start Program Resource Assistants fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CPS clinicians, members of the CTU Special Education Task Force, parents and supporters.



Protest and press conference before monthly Chicago Board of Education meeting.



Wednesday, June 28
9:30 a.m.



Chicago Board of Education
42 W. Madison

Chicago Teachers Union