On the heels of former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett's resignation, and as they are in the middle of contract negotiations with the district, thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members rally in the Loop to demonstrate their frustration with the district. The union claims the district, under the mayor's administration, has made poor financial choices leading to the $1 billion budget shortfall and numerous scandals.
Read a statement by Bill McCaffrey, chief of media relations for CPS.
"The financial crisis facing Chicago Public Schools has arrived at our classroom doors and threatens to destroy our top priority -- ensuring our students and teachers have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. Protecting those resources is becoming increasingly impossible due to a broken system that forces Chicago residents to pay twice for teacher pensions, and because Illinois ranks second to last in the nation when it comes to funding schools. Springfield must provide a consensus on education funding to allow students and teachers to continue the tremendous academic achievements that are being made.”
Read my live tweets from the rally.