Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis are at it again. According to CTU President Lewis, the two had good intentions of getting along before Emanuel took office, but they haven’t had much success at having a civil relationship during Emanuel’s first year in office.
The latest scuffle between the two involves shocking allegations that Lewis made regarding Emanuel’s education beliefs concerning many of Chicago’s young students.
During an interview on NBC-Chicago Channel 5, Lewis claims that she and Emanuel began their professional relationship in a very relaxed manner by attending a dinner and dance together prior to Emanuel being sworn in as the new mayor of Chicago. It was during that social event that Emanuel made a startling revelation to her regarding his philosophy on education in general.
In that conversation, he did say to me that 25 percent of the students in this city are never going to be anything – never going to amount to anything – and he was never going to throw money at them.
Lewis said that her response to him after he made the comment was:
Even if you feel that way, you can’t say that to me. And he sort of poo-pooed it, and we moved on.
Though Emanuel has not commented on the story, his office is basically calling Lewis a liar.
Lewis maintains that Emanuel says one thing publicly and another privately.
Lewis said that she finally opened up about his approximately one-year-old comment regarding Emanuel not helping 25% of Chicago’s school children because it irks her to see Emanuel on the news, walking and talking with students that he privately told her that he has given up on.
The interview will be aired in its entirety on Friday’s NBC television show, Ward Room.
These comments come just a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago School Chief Jean-Claude Brizard announced that they are very closing several Chicago Public Schools which they believe are underperforming. In the past week, multiple protests by Chicago citizens, Chicago Public School employees, and Reverend Jesse Jackson‘s Operation PUSH occurred regarding the announced closings.
Emanuel added fuel to the contentious fire by calling the protests ‘noise.’ He minimized the protesting by saying that the protests – one near his northwest side home last week – were in response to ‘change.’
The tensions between the Chicago Public Schools’ Union and Mayor Emanuel have been severely intense since Emanuel took office last May.
The primary source of this story is NBC.
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