Press Release

AFT's Weingarten on Chicago Mayoral Election

For Release: 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Kate Childs Graham
202/393-6354; cell 202/615-2424

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Chicago elections.

"In Chicago, this election showed a real yearning for a mayor who listens to working families. They want good jobs and safe neighborhoods with thriving, not closed, public schools. And Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia—as well as landslide support for an elected school board—became the standard-bearer for this aspiration. In the coming weeks, we hope that there will be a real debate about the future of Chicago, one that centers on the kids and families who want their communities to thrive."

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The AFT represents 1.6 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.