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IFT Response to Governor Rauner’s veto of CPS funding

12/01/2016
WESTMONT – In response to Governor Rauner’s veto of $215 million in funding for Chicago Public Schools (SB2822), IFT President Dan Montgomery released the following statement:
“In trying to defend his decision to veto $215 million for Chicago Public Schools, Governor Rauner spent seven paragraphs talking about meeting schedules, the election, and his desire to enact unconstitutional pension laws. He made it sound very complicated, but what happened today is quite simple really. Months ago, a bipartisan majority of the legislature, including many Republicans, voted to help fund our state’s largest school system, and today the Governor used his power to trump their decision. He has effectively turned his back on 400,000 school children and the taxpayers of Chicago until he gets his way on unrelated political reform, and that is indefensible.”

The Illinois Federation of Teachers represents 103,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois’ community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.
 
The Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1, is an affiliate of the IFT and the largest local teachers union in Illinois.
 
IFT President Dan Montgomery has worked tirelessly on behalf of public education and the rights of working men and women for more than two decades. In addition to being a union leader at the state and national levels, Montgomery is a dedicated and experienced educator who taught high school English for 18 years in Skokie, IL.  
 
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