CTU Argues For Elected Chicago School Board

Craig Dellimore
April 25, 2018 - 5:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Teachers Union is blaming the lack of an elected school board for essentially all of the problems within the Chicago Public Schools system.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall.

CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey on Wednesday said whether the issue is filthy schools, deficiencies in special education or inadequate funding it all centers around Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s control of the schools and the people who run them.

He said an elected school board would give parents, teachers and others a voice in how schools are run. He says that could make a difference, even in financial matters.

In the chilly air outside CPS headquarters, a parent said despite statements about extra help for special education students, her son and others are being sidetracked and not getting adequate instruction.

Emanuel has long maintained that he holds school officials accountable, and CEO Janice Jackson says the system is making major improvements.