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Chicago CEO takes teachers to task on crime

June 15th, 2017

Chicago businessman and civic leader Jim Reynolds took Chicago Public School teachers to task  the other day for focusing, he says, more on finances than curriculum. He went so far as say curriculum is to blame, in part, for violence in the city.

“I hear the teachers’ union talk a lot about pensions but not about what’s going on in the classroom. They need to agree on how kids are going to learn. The curriculum has to be changed so a young person out of high school is qualified to get a job or go on to college,” the CEO of Loop Capital Markets said during the Driehaus Symposium. It’s an event that brings together business leaders to discuss issues of the day.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis didn’t attend the event but had a sharp response to Reynolds’ thinking.

Read her comments in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times (scroll down a bit).



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