Chicago Teachers Union calls for firing of Claypool

More than 98 percent of Chicago Public School teachers said they have no confidence in CEO Forrest Claypool, according to a CTU vote Tuesday.

Nearly all of the votes were counted at about 6 p.m.

"Forrest Claypool has to go. There's a fork in the road. Down the road where Forrest Claypool leads we see ongoing disaster," said Jesse Sharkey, CTU vice president.

CTU members held a rally Tuesday afternoon outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, urging him to fire Claypool.

In a statement, mayoral spokesman Adam Collins said Emanuel has confidence in Claypool: "Of course the Mayor has confidence in Forrest. Rather than pick fights here in Chicago, it would be a lot more productive if CTU would stand with us in Springfield as we continue to fight against the Governor and for fair education funding. With just over one week left in the legislative session, anything else is an unnecessary distraction and can only serve to help the governor politically at the expense of our school children."

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