Event: Fundraiser For Francisco Mendoza

"You may be aware that this fall just before the beginning of school over 1100 teachers were laid off, 50 of whom were National Board Certified Teachers and many other award winning teachers.  200 were tenured and CPS ordered the court to reinstate them. One of those fired teachers was our 2003 OPPY Winner, Francisco Mendoza. Francisco has been teaching for 25 years and a drive down 19th Street reveals the beautiful work of his students where the Cooper School is covered in glass mosaic murals depicting Mexican history and culture. In April Francisco was diagnosed with multiple-myolema.  His principal fired him and when his COBRA expires, he will no longer have health care insurance. Ted and I have joined with artist teachers and members of the Pilsen community, including the National Museum of Mexican Art, to plan a fund raiser to help support Francisco.  A fiesta will be held at the Museum on Sunday, February 27 from 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.  There will be great food from area restaurants, entertainment and a unique silent auction.  Please SAVE THE DATE and spread the word."  


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  • Why would the principal fire him? Or did he or she lose positions via Central Office?

    Either way, it boggles my mind why anyone would want to teach or work for the CPS these days.

  • Is there a fund set up at a bank or online where I can contribute if I am unable to attend the fiesta?

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