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CTU President: Closing schools means giving up on neighborhoods

Teachers, students and parents will gather outside City Hall Monday –wrapping their three-day protest of school closures.

The demonstration organized by the Chicago Teachers Union is a stand against plans to close more than 50 Chicago Public Schools.

Over the weekend, marchers visited areas that will be impacted by the closings.

Parents are concerned their children will have to walk longer distances or go through dangerous areas to get to their new schools.

The school board votes on the closure plan on Wednesday.

CTU President Karen Lewis joined WGN Morning News Monday morning to touch on the protests and school closures.

4 comments

  • John

    Nobody seemed to mind when the teachers walked out for higher pay even though the state & city are operating in a deficit. Karen Lewis is face of a very greedy union…anyone who sees it as anything else is fooling themselves.

    Taxpayers should be tired of the continual drain which only feeds a selfish, greedy system that claims they are concerned with the needs of community.

  • kirby1414

    I wondered what Lewis is paid for all of this nonsense – found the below article (no current) on-line:

    Teachers union officials declined to provide information on Lewis' salary. But Stewart made $211,119 in 2009, her final full year in office. Lewis took over as president for part of 2010, and was paid $71,330 by the teachers union that year, records indicate.

    Lewis also is eligible for compensation from the Illinois Federation of Teachers, and in 2011 she was paid $64,157 by that group, records indicate.

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