Chicago Teachers Union accused of fighting for itself, not schoolchildren
The Chicago Teachers Union and the gubernatorial candidates it controls are fighting a bipartisan school funding compromise that strives to do something good for all the state's schools, the Illinois Republican Party contended in a press release recently.
"The Chicago Teachers Union has a long history of brinkmanship and intransigence, and their refusal to accept the bipartisan school funding compromise is no different," GOP spokesman Aaron DeGroot said in the release. "CTU's opposition to a five-year, $75 million tax credit scholarship pilot program is not only unreasonable, it puts the education of millions of Illinois schoolchildren at risk. We implore them to try something different for a change – be reasonable and support compromise."
The Illinois GOP also chided Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) and J.B. Pritzker’s running mate, Sen. Juliana Stratton (D-Chicago), for their votes against the bill, SB1947. Pritzker said that he would have voted against it were he in the General Assembly, according to the GOP, which said fellow gubernatorial hopeful candidate Chris Kennedy’s campaign has been consistent with that position as well.
"Once again, the Chicago Teachers Union says jump, and the Democrats ask 'how high,' all to the detriment of Illinois schoolchildren," DeGroot said.