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Education Fri Sep 10 2010

Teachers Union Weighing In Nationally and Locally

The new leadership slate at the Chicago Teachers Union has been getting quite a bit of attention inside and outside of Chicago lately.

Karen Lewis, the newly elected president of CTU, recently spent some time on Democracy Now!:


And, for the first time in two decades, they'll be weighing in on our next mayoral race, which you may have heard a thing or two about in the last few days.

Things have been heated, nationally and locally, on the education front. The CTU already made an impressive showing in the streets this summer. As the new leadership throws its hat into more venues, including what is sure to be a circus when the mayoral primaries approach, it should be interesting to see the impact a revitalized but still much-maligned group of educators will have on city and national politics.

 
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Greg / September 11, 2010 8:02 AM

Karen Lewis also appeared on the latest edition of CAN TV's "Chicago Newsroom" - Here's the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TPi1tTy4Y

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