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Teachers Union Responds to Emanuel's School Choice

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    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis says she's glad Mayor Rahm Emanuel has the ability to send his children to private school and said she hopes his decision illustrates where CPS is lacking. (Published Thursday, Jul 21, 2011)

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Thursday responded to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to send his kids to private school instead of a Chicago Public School, saying it's "wonderful" that Emanuel has that option.  

    “The new mayor seems to recognize how school funding impacts school quality," Lewis said Thursday in a statement. "We understand why he would choose a school with small class sizes, a broad rich curriculum that offers world languages, the arts and physical education, a focus on critical thinking not test-taking, a teacher and an assistant in every elementary classroom, and paid, high-quality professional development for their teachers."

    CTU has struggled with Emanuel's new board of education since the board rejected contractual four percent raises for teachers in June.

    On Wednesday, Emanuel told CBS he would send his three children to the University of Chicago Lab School, the same private school that President Barack Obama's children attended when he was an Illinois Senator.

    "It's wonderful that he has that option available to him,” Lewis said in a statement.