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IFT President Dan Montgomery on Chicago Public Schools closures

12/01/2017

CHICAGO – Upon learning of Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close all four public high schools in Englewood and expand charters, Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery released the following statement:

Neighborhood public schools are the backbones of cities and towns throughout Illinois and the nation. Closing them destabilizes communities whether you live in Lake County, St. Clair County, or Cook County. It is unacceptable that CPS would continue its cycle of underfunding, undermining, and ultimately closing schools. What’s most tragic is that, once again, the targeted schools are located in Chicago’s most underserved areas. These students — and their families — need resources and support, not upheaval. We stand strongly with our CTU members in their demand for the schools our students deserve and an end to school closings that impact the most vulnerable among us.

The Chicago Teachers Union, Local 1, is an affiliate of the IFT.

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. 

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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