The Chicago Teachers Union has elected a new president: Stacy Davis Gates.
The winning caucus of Rank-and-File Educators, or CORE Caucus, secured 56% of the vote. The Members First caucus came in with 27%, and the REAL caucus with 17%.
Davis-Gates will be moving up from her position as vice president when current president Jesse Sharkey steps down July 1.
“They made a decision to continue the leadership that is seeking to transform the segregation that blocks out many of our students and families from potential success,” Davis Gates said. “I’m very proud of our democracy and our members because they made choices that reflect the needs of our city and our schools.”
Davis Gates emphasized the need for COVID-19 mitigations to be in place when school starts in August, noting the surges at some schools, with one elementary school reinstating their mask requirement.
She also said schools need more funding and more thoughtful distribution is needed to effectively invest in children, also citing the need for more staff and more spaces for extracurricular and co-curricular activities.
“Right now, we have teams forfeiting games because there’s not enough money for transportation to actually get to the contest, so even our children who are making the choice to participate can’t participate because there’s a lack of investment.”