Chicago GOP Statement on CTU Rally

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.

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@EMAdair225 tweeted link to this page. 2012-09-23 15:47:15 -0500
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