Today's news: CTU took folks on a ride. Mayor Emanuel defended Byrd-Bennett. Reform critics in DC (including CTU President Karen Lewis) held an event at which one speaker reportedly used a harsh racial term to describe former school superintendent Michelle Rhee.
CTU BUS TOUR
Bus tour shows 'collateral damage' from school closings WBEZ: This school closings tour has really become a tour of Chicago’s ghettos. A tour of disinvestment and unemployment and neglect… a tour of all kinds of issues the school district did not create, but issues that complicate shutting down 54 schools.
Teachers Union Bus Tour Puts Spotlight On Impact Of School Closings CBS2: The union packed a luxury coach with elected officials, religious and community leaders, and reporters; to give them a glimpse at some of the schools on the chopping block, and an earful about the impact of closing 53 schools.
Emanuel defends Byrd-Bennett on school closings Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel backed his public schools chief Thursday amid charges that the plan to close 54 schools is racist, and he leveled criticism at the Chicago Teachers Union for what he said was its inability to articulate an alternative to continuing with...
Mayor says he’s ‘100 percent hand-in-glove’ with schools chief’s views on closing schools Sun Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he is “100 percent hand-in-glove” with Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who “spoke eloquently” in rejecting the notion that it’s racist to close 54 mostly-black elementary schools.
Rahm Emanuel on CPS School Closings: 'Status Quo is Unacceptable' DNAI: The mayor voiced "100 percent" support of CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Thursday.
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