"Once and for all we need to change how Illinois funds its schools: 60 percent from property taxes, 30 percent from the state. We need to reverse that. Flip it on its head so all children--no matter the value of their family's home-- have equal access to quality education," Lewis said Saturday.
Stewart released a statement congratulating Lewis and saying the election was never about the two candidates but about the union members "now being threatened by an uncaring and insensitive Chicago Public Schools system."
Stewart added,"They can count on me for any assistance I can offer...I look back on my nearly 30-year Chicago Public Schools teaching career with a sense of both pride and fulfillment."