Mitt Romney ‘Disappointed’ by Chicago Teachers Union Strike
GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney condemned the Chicago Teachers Union for the strike it launched on Monday.
In a statement, Romney said the Teachers Union is turning its back on families relying on Public Schools.
Romney made the following statement:
“I am disappointed by the decision of the Chicago Teachers Union to turn its back on not only a city negotiating in good faith but also the hundreds of thousands of children relying on the city’s public schools to provide them a safe place to receive a strong education. Teachers unions have too often made plain that their interests conflict with those of our children, and today we are seeing one of the clearest examples yet. President Obama has chosen his side in this fight, sending his Vice President last year to assure the nation’s largest teachers union that ‘you should have no doubt about my affection for you and the President’s commitment to you.’ I choose to side with the parents and students depending on public schools to give them the skills to succeed, and my plan for education reform will do exactly that.”
According to an article published by the Huffington Post, White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt slammed Romney in a response via email, criticizing him for his education policies and took a shot at the campaign for playing politics with a local dispute.
“President Obama’s leadership has led to groundbreaking reforms in our schools, earning wide bipartisan cooperation and praise,” LaBolt said. “In contrast, Gov. Romney has said class size isn’t a problem and he would cut taxes for millionaires by gutting education funding, leading to fewer teachers. Playing political games with local disputes won’t help educate our kids, nor will fewer teachers. But President Obama’s plans will lift our schools and our students.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, and the union have not been able to reach an agreement after weeks of negotiations, leading to the Chicago teachers strike.