As a lifelong representative of the one percent, mayoral candidate Daley would simply extend incumbent Rahm Emanuel’s deplorable education policies, charges CTU.

CHICAGO, January 8, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey released the following statement in response to mayoral candidate Bill Daley’s latest public education scheme:

“Shortly after we release poll results that show Chicagoans want a mayor who prioritizes education and is willing to support new methods to increase revenue for our schools, Bill Daley suggests one of the more ridiculous ideas we’ve heard in recent memory. His plan to combine Chicago Public Schools and the City College of Chicago is the kind of tone deaf proposal you hear at thousand-dollar-a-plate dinners frequented by the donors supporting his campaign, and would add multiple layers of bureaucracy to two systems already struggling under their own weight.

“Both Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago have seen budgets slashed at the hands of politicians and business leaders cut from Daley’s same cloth, and this proposal shows he has no idea how to provide a suitable public education for our children. Voters want to see Chicago’s next mayor take real action on policies that help ensure working class Chicagoans—especially African American and Latinx voters—have access to education resources and aren’t priced out of living in their city. They don’t want to relive the same failed experiments, privatization, school closings and budget cuts that have been a hallmark of Chicago’s public schools for the past 20 years. Whoever told him this was a good idea should be fired.”

The Chicago Teachers Union represents nearly 25,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the nearly 400,000 students and families they serve The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third-largest teachers local in the United States. For more information please visit the CTU website at