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Press Release


March 27, 2013



Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)


AFT Stands with Chicagoans Fighting to Fix, Not Close, Public Schools

Washington—AFT President Randi Weingarten released the following statement in support of teachers, parents and students fighting Chicago's mass school closure agenda. Thousands of Chicagoans will rally today to demand Chicago fix, not close, schools. 

"The AFT stands with teachers, parents, students and other Chicagoans fighting to guarantee every child in Chicago the high-quality neighborhood public school he or she deserves. Chicago's reckless mass school closure agenda will destabilize neighborhoods, threaten our children's safety, fail to improve learning or save money, and create a domino effect of destabilization in schools across the city. It is part of a disturbing trend in cities across the country by the powers that be to ignore what parents, students and teachers demand and what our children need in favor of failed policies."


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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.