The Illinois Federation of Teachers is standing behind the Chicago Teachers Union in their fight against the closing of 61 schools.
IFT President Dan Montgomery released the following statement in response to the news of the Chicago Public Schools plan for massive school closings and other actions:
On behalf of the 103,000 professionals represented by the Illinois Federation of Teachers, we join our brothers and sisters in the Chicago Teachers Union in their protest against the massive school closures announced by Chicago Public Schools. The district's first priority must be the future of Chicago's children and their communities. Displacing and disrupting the lives of 30,000 students would be a terrible mistake. CPS has offered no evidence that such extreme upheaval would better the lives of the city's youth or strengthen their neighborhoods.
CPS should listen to parents and teachers and work together to build better schools and healthier neighborhoods, not tear them down. Destabilizing communities and the learning environments of this many students is unacceptable and unprecedented, and we stand with the CTU in solidarity against this decision and for better schools.
This afternoon, there will be a protest in response to the school actions announced by CPS yesterday. Check back with Progress Illinois for full coverage of the event.