Lewis voted in as CTU president

June 12, 2010 5:16:25 PM PDT
Results are in for a run-off election in the Chicago Teachers Union. Karen Lewis has defeated incumbent Marilyn Stewart. Stewart, who represented the United Progressive Caucus got about 8,000 votes, compared to winner Karen Lewis, who got about 12,000. Lewis represents the Caucus of the Rank and File Educators, a group whose members applauded Lewis Saturday as she criticized state spending priorities and crisis budgeting.

"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."


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