Chicago Teachers Union Marches Against School Closings

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

As it girds for a battle over school closings, the Chicago Teachers Union is adhering to the strategy it employed during the September strike by framing the fight as one pitting regular Joes from the neighborhood against elitist big-money interests.

On Tuesday, school board member Penny Pritzker bore the brunt of the ire of protesters who marched along North Michigan Avenue, banging drums and blowing whistles before filling the lobby of the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile on North St. Clair Street.

"We have fat cats like Penny Pritzker who take money from our schools and put them into the Hyatt," a CTU official yelled to the overflow crowd, which responded with enthusiasm.

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