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Karen Lewis re-elected as CTU President

Karen Lewis  has been re-elected as president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

Lewis said her team won the election with about 80% of the vote, which was held Friday.

Lewis’ new term begins July 1 and will last three years. The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) slate led by Lewis defeated a slate of candidates led by Tanya Saunders-Wolffe, a CPS counselor.

About 30,000 CTU members, including teachers, paraprofessionals, school clinicians  and retired members were eligible to vote in the election.

Lewis was first elected as president in 2010, when she defeated Marilyn Stewart in a runoff.

When she announced her candidacy in Feburary, Saunders-Wolffe said contract negotiations didn’t result in sufficient raises for teachers and that Lewis “didn’t deliver at the bargaining table” with issues surrounding teacher seniority and teacher evaluations.

She also said Lewis hadn’t done enough to fight the district’s plan to close 53 elementary schools and one high school program.

Lewis says during her new term she plans to focus on making education equal in all neighborhoods.

 

 

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5 Comments to “Karen Lewis re-elected as CTU President”

    Esco said:
    May 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Ursula, is that you?

    Josh said:
    May 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    How can a bunch of educators be stupid.

      kid1339 said:
      May 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      They went to school in Chicago & was taught by teachers that rather . march

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