The letter is written by Paul Kersey, Director of Labor Policy for IPI and Ben VanMetre, Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst for IPI.
The Chicago GOP strongly supports serious school reform such as those discussed in this letter. Charter schools, online learning, vouchers and parent triggers are all tools that school districts and parents can use to provide the best possible learning environment for students.Test schools and graduation rates among public school students in Chicago is terrible. As the IPI letter says, serious reforms within the school system are a moral obligation we have to the generation now going through their elementary and high school years.
The deal between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union is not fiscally responsible, does not address structural problems within CPS and fails to provide adequate accountability or transparency for parents and taxpayers.
The Chicago GOP will continue to stand with parents and students in Chicago.
Bludgeoned into submission, Chick-fil-A yielded to censorship pressures and gave up its right to free speech today.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Chick-fil-A has yielded to the threat by Alderman Joe Moreno to deny it a business license to operate in his ward. It has promised to stop giving money to groups supporting traditional family values.
The Alderman's threat was backed by Mayor Emanuel, who stated that "Chick-fil-A's values are not Chicago's values."
"The civil rights violation is now complete; Chick-fil-A has been forced to give up its religious, social and political views," said Chris Cleveland, spokesman for the Chicago GOP. "The message to every business in Chicago is clear: oppose the power structure, lose your livelihood."
The Chicago Republican Party demands that Attorney General Lisa Madigan act on its complaint against Alderman Moreno. So far, the Attorney General has failed to take any action.
The Chicago Teachers Union inexplicable decision to extend their strike prolongs the suffering of Chicago students and parents. While we agree with Mayor Emanuel's decision to file an injunction to end the strike, it is an action that comes a week too late.
Reports this evening indicate division among union members regarding ending their strike of choice.
"The public school students of Chicago want to go back to class tomorrow," said Chicago GOP chairman Adam Robinson. "Hopefully the courts will order teachers back to work; but, CTU members should've done the right thing earlier today and allowed classes to resume while final details are worked out."
The Chicago GOP continues to stand up for city students, parents, and taxpayers even as hundreds of non-Chicagoans rallied against reform today.
After depriving students of a full week of classroom time, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis wrote an op-ed stating the union's unequivocal opposition to school choice for parents and the opening of new charter schools.
"While we respect teachers, it's important that the Mayor not cave in to demands by the teacher's union," said Adam Robinson, Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party. "The union defends shorter work days, longer vacations, higher pay, and teacher mediocrity. It's time for Chicago to move forward on school choice, so parents can choose another way."
"We hope the mayor doesn't chicken out," he added.
The Chicago Republican Party supports school choice, particularly in the form of the parent trigger, so that parents can choose to make their neighborhood school a charter school by simple majority vote.
The Chicago GOP reiterates its call for Chicago Teachers Union members to end their strike of choice and return to work immediatley while final negotiations continue.
"This is a strike of choice, making a political point at the expense of students and parents," said Chicago GOP Chairman, Adam Robinson. "Our students are too valuable to our future to be treated with such disrespect."
The Chicago GOP condemns the Chicago Teachers Union decision to strike.
"With negotiations still on-going and a deal close, there is no reason for a pre-mature walk out," said Chicago GOP chairman Adam Robinson. "The children of Chicago should always come first and never be punished because a handful of adults can't make a deal."
The Chicago GOP calls upon the CPS Board and the CTU to resume negotiations immediately.
Mayor Emanuel failed to use his appearances on four national morning shows today to lobby for new urban policies on crime and public education. As the well-known mayor of America's third largest city, he should have used his national platform to address the crises facing his own city and advance policy solutions for all urban centers in the country.
"If he was going to skip town in the midst of a violent crime wave and a looming teacher's strike, the least Mayor Emanuel could've done was bring national attention to the serious challenges facing Chicago and other great American cities," said Chicago GOP chairman Adam Robinson.