On August 25th I delivered a statement at the City Club of Chicago. The statement was written to honor teachers for their work and sacrifices, and to admonish bankers and elected officials for their role in our school budget crisis. Members of both groups were present at the event. It was a tense scene. At the end, a press official walked over to me and said, “You made a lot of people in this room feel very uncomfortable; but it’s something they needed to feel.”
One teacher said the statement was like a “love letter” to teachers all over Chicago who were feeling maligned and disrespected. Another called it a “rebuke” to those who malign and disrespect them. I was asked if a short version could be made available. The 7-minute clip below is in response to that request. As City and CPS officials make hypocritical demands for concessions and “sacrifices” from teachers during contract negotiations, the evidence cited here indicates a sacrifice is indeed needed, but from an entirely different group of people.
Ernst and Young Structural Deficit Analysis for CPS (Draft) See page 12 & 23 for information cited in the speech
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