Chicago Teachers Union officials want to make their case directly to aldermen to counter the blitz Mayor
Union president Karen Lewis sent out letters to aldermen Wednesday, inviting them to attend one of three private meetings at a
"In the wake of ongoing media attention and dueling sound bites, CTU has been working effortlessly to engage leaders, parents, educators and community partners in substantive conversations about the important issues at hand," the letter reads.
Emanuel has made lengthening the school day at
When the union didn't agree, district leadership reached out to teachers at individual schools to buy into the plan, and 13 schools have agreed to extend their days. Lewis has said that the union wants to make sure a longer day is "a better school day."
The City Council approved a resolution earlier this month supporting a longer school day.
"I think teachers have gotten vilified lately," said Sposato, a Chicago firefighter who supports a longer school day. "Somehow or another, things got twisted around about this."
The meetings also will touch on issues of school funding, teacher retention, merit pay and school violence, according to Lewis' letter.