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Teachers, allies to Emanuel: don’t set up another school CEO for failure by continuing failed policies

CHICAGOTeachers and their allies are kicking off the opening of public schools in 2018 by submitting a six-point program to Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel that outlines a reset of public policies that have hurt neighborhood schools and their students, and undermined the tenure of Emanuel’s last three CPS CEOs.

The CTU and their allies will deliver their proposals to Mayor Emanuel today - the first day of school in 2018 - at the conclusion of a 10:30 a.m. press conference in front of the mayor’s office on the 5th floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St.

CPS’ flawed “choice” model, which sets up a limited number of well-resourced magnet schools and a large number of charter schools, has dovetailed with Emanuel’s student-based budgeting scheme to deepen the destabilization of Chicago’s Black and Latinx neighborhoods, driven families from Chicago, and left many neighborhood schools starved of resources and struggling to offer students a quality curriculum.

The CTU and its allies are instead proposing a fundamental shift in both the school funding formula, which they argue must follow the state’s new evidence-based funding formula, and a series of additional reforms, including support for sustainable community schools across the school district. Emanuel’s school board agreed to pilot the program – an approach that Amundsen High School has used to significantly strengthen academics and student outcomes – in its last contract with the CTU, but the program remains mired in bureaucratic delays.

Chicago Teachers Union