The heads of City Council’s three biggest caucuses: Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6), and Ald. George Cardenas (12) will join Ald. Harry Osterman (48) and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis at an “emergency State Of Chicago Public Schools Summit” this weekend.
“With millions of dollars in destabilizing cuts threatened, the mayor and CEO of the Chicago Public Schools want to pin all our hopes on a gridlocked Springfield,” the invite reads, saying short- and long-term solutions to school challenges will be discussed. “City Hall needs to hear the voices of parents, educators and community. Our children’s future is in jeopardy.”
The three caucus heads met for the first time to reportedly discuss revenue options and a more powerful role for aldermen in mid-May, shortly after a New York Times poll showed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s approval rating at a record low. CTU, meanwhile, has been tussling with CPS CEO Forrest Claypool over contract negotiations and funding, with Mayor Emanuel over CTU proposals for more city revenue, and with Gov. Bruce Rauner over school funding.
The event will be held at the National Teachers Academy near McCormick Place from noon until 2pm and is co-sponsored by the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143, the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff Local 4343, and Chicago Jobs with Justice.