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Chicago: Rahm Announces Deep Cuts, 1,400 Layoffs

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Author: dianeravitch

The Chicago Teachers Union plans actions to fight draconian budget cuts:

“CPS is broke on purpose and they want to make teachers pay while bankers and politically connected vendors get rich. On Tuesday, July 1 the mayor announced that CPS would offset the cost of repaying its “pension holiday” loans through $200 million in cuts, including 1400 layoffs. There are better options available than cutting services for kids. We need to picket City Hall and let the mayor and his handpicked Board of Education know that we demand they cut excessive testing, cut wasteful vendor contracts, and renegotiate toxic swap loans to balance their budget. Let the mayor know that Chicagoans want progressive revenue options that make the wealthy pay their fair share for the schools and services that make this city work. We also need people to pack the July 22 Board of Education meeting and to speak there to the devastation that these cuts will have on our schools.”

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