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Union members and communities “walk in” and speak out together

IFT members statewide engaged parents, administrators, and their communities to draw attention to the challenges facing our public schools by holding “walk-ins” on February 17 during a national day of action.
The “Walk-Ins for the Schools All Our Children Deserve” were coordinated through the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools, a national coalition of organizations, including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), that have banded together for educational justice and equity. An estimated 800 walk-ins were held in 30 cities across the country.

In Illinois, teachers and school staff joined with parents, students, and community members in Chicago, Woodstock, Lockport, and Peoria to rally and walk together into their schools as a symbol of hope and the power of community-based collective action. Their message was clear: All students deserve high-quality schools with adequate funding, a rich curriculum, and a voice on the job for teachers and school staff.

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In Chicago, CTU Local 1 members conducted walk-ins with parents and students at more than 150 neighborhood schools to highlight the need for adequate funding and to call on CPS to invest in kids' futures.

Peoria Federation of Teachers, IFT Local 780 members, welcomed excited students into Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center after adults heard remarks inside from Local President Jeff Adkins-Dutro and other invited guests, including Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, Dist. Superintendent Sharon Desmoulin Kherat, and Regional Superintendent Beth Derry.

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The 23 teachers in the Fairmont Council of AFT Local 604 called for "the schools all our children deserve" at their walk-in in Lockport, organized by Council leaders Bethany Gallegos, Mary Ann Bailey, and Bianca Diaz.

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Teachers and bus drivers in the Woodstock Council of the McHenry County Federation of Teachers, IFT Local 1642, joined the call for good schools during walk-in events in schools throughout Dist. 200. 

This message is more important than ever in our state, where on the same day Governor Rauner delivered his second budget address – despite the fact that he has yet to negotiate and enact a first budget after eight months in office. As he continues to hold the state hostage to his irresponsible priorities, regular people are suffering.

At the walk-ins held around the state, participants called for Rauner to stop playing games and put Illinois kids and families ahead of his extreme political agenda.




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