Chicago Teachers Union plans protests for Wednesday

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Monday, June 20, 2016
Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Public Schools teachers in the Chicago Teachers Union are planning a series of protests in Chicago on their furlough day.

Wednesday the teachers and other school employees will rally outside of five locations in the Loop, using their furlough day to call upon the mayor to better fund schools.

The Chicago Teacher's Union accuses Mayor Rahm Emanuel of giving his campaign donors public funds that would otherwise go to students.

The mayor's office has not commented.

Chicago Public Schools released a statement Monday afternoon, saying, "We continue to encourage the CTU leadership to focus their attention on Governor Rauner, who is the only remaining obstacle to making sure that children across the state of Illinois receive equitable funding. With the Governor attacking Chicago students daily - whether it's trying to push the district into bankruptcy so he can cut teachers' pay or insulting our schools as 'crumbling prisons' - it's more critical now than ever that we present a united front in this fight."