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Lightfoot saddles district with $175 million pension bill instead of funding critical positions — librarians, social workers, technology coordinators — in every school.

CHICAGO, June 7, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union released this statement following the public circulation of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s FY22-23 Chicago Public Schools budget:

The mayor is launching her re-election bid by balancing the city budget on the backs of children who need more instead of less. The voters of Chicago need to understand that this budget is unacceptable and another example of failed leadership.

Chicago Public Schools students and families have dealt with two years of trauma from the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the trauma many of them face from gun violence, discrimination, regressive fines and fees, and neglect of their communities. They’ve had enough of “tough.” What they need is recovery, with compassionate, competent leadership that is leading that recovery — not cuts to their schools and classrooms.

The Chicago Teachers Union represents more than 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 www.ctulocal1.org.