CTU president pushes back on school closings

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Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis railed against Mayor Emanuel and the plan to close dozens of public schools while speaking at the Rainbow Push Coalition Saturday morning.

She said Chicago Public Schools’ stated reasons for the closures, were dishonest.

“‘We’re going to move the resources from over here to over there, so we can more efficiently educate your children’ … How many times have we heard that one?” Lewis asked.

“If we allow these people to do this harm, I will guarantee you that is our children who will suffer.”

The Chicago school board is expected to approve the plan to close 54 schools in May — taking effect at the start of the next school year.

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