Teachers union plans next moves as CPS woes continue

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Teachers Union members met today to discuss some of their next moves to help move more money into Chicago Public Schools.

They say more cuts are unacceptable.

At the National Teachers Academy at 55th and Cermak, union members said the governor and the mayor have done little to stop what could be massive cuts to Chicago classrooms.

They chanted, they cheered. But more importantly, CTU members came with a plan. It was a plan they have pitched before: more TIF money locally and a more progressive tax system statewide to help close the $1 billion gap in CPS’s budget.

The plan maybe for nothing, if nothing gets done in Springfield by July 1.  Many districts across the state including CPS will not have enough money for K through 12 schools to even open.

CPS students organized a walk out yesterday and rallied downtown for school funding. They blame both the governor and the mayor for the mess CPS and the state finds itself in

There were a number of aldermen at the meeting as well who say they will continue to fight for more school money.

Also the union is planning another march downtown on June 22. There is a very real threat of strike next fall.