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Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires
by repost
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 2:09 AM
This video shows the history of the privatizers in Chicago and their operation to destroy public education for the profit of the billionaires.
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Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires
CTUTV1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxVYFm2g9CM&feature=youtu.be

Published on Aug 16, 2012 by CTUTV1
The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students.

On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no Chicago public school experience—has pushed to add two weeks to the school year and 85 minutes to the school day, eliminate pay increases for seniority, evaluate teachers based on student test scores, and slash many other rights.

Teachers, parents and community supporters in Chicago have fought valiantly—marching, filling auditoriums at hearings and parent meetings, even occupying a school and taking over a school board meeting. Most recently, 98 percent of our members voted to authorize a strike. But now we find ourselves facing new opponents—national education privatizers, backed by some of the nation's wealthiest people. They are running radio ads, increasing press attacks, and mounting a PR campaign to discredit the CTU and the benefits of public education.
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