Fran Spielman interviews CTU leaders about Lightfoot provoking teachers strike

The president and vice president of the Chicago Teachers Union said Lightfoot has delivered far less than promised, leaving teachers virtually no alternative but to walk off the job.

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Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates were interviewed by Fran Spielman Friday, July 12, 2019. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Mayor Lori Lightfoot was accused Friday of provoking a strike by Chicago Public School teachers — just as Rahm Emanuel did — by reneging on her campaign promises to rebuild neighborhood schools and deliver an elected school board.

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and CTU Vice-President Stacy Davis Gates said the dramatic difference between what Lightfoot promised and what she has delivered is leaving teachers virtually no alternative but to walk off the job.

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