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These are tense times for Chicago Public Schools, with the threat of budget cuts, layoffs, and strikes.  But for thousands of CPS teachers, what goes on at City Hall or in Springfield doesn’t change the dedication to their students.  And as WGN’s Gaynor Hall reports, Chicago’s longest serving teacher is leading by example that every single day is a chance to change lives.

Every December, Fitz gets some of his former students together for a reunion at a restaurant near the school.  They catch up and trade old stories over pizza and pop.  Please consider sharing this story.

Producer Pam Grimes, and Photojournalist Steve Scheuer contributed to this report.