Karen Lewis to speak to City Club on Monday, May 5

Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union, will speak at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, May 5, 2014. The event will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m. followed by the 12:00 p.m. luncheon and speech. The regular City Club events are held at Maggiano's Banquets 111 W. Grand Avenue? Chicago, IL.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will give a major speech to the City Club of Chicago at Maggiano's on Monday May 5, 2014. Above, Lewis told the Chicago Board of Education at its April 23, 2014 meeting that she opposes the "turnaround" of three elementary schools. The Board members voted to fire all the staff members at Dvorak, Gresham and McNair elementary schools anyway. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt. The City Club Bio states: Karen Lewis was elected president of the 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union on June 11, 2010. A member of CTU since 1988, Mrs. Lewis taught high school chemistry in the Chicago Public Schools for 22 years. She believes that students, parents, teachers and community members are educators natural allies. Her goal is to truly improve Chicago Public Schools and stand firmly against the privatization of public education. The only National Board Certified Teacher to lead a U.S. labor union, she also serves as executive vice president to the Illinois Federation of Teachers and as vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. Karen is a product of Chicago Public Schools, having attended Kozminski Elementary School and Kenwood High School, until accepting early admission at Mount Holyoke College. She later transferred to Dartmouth College, where she earned the distinction of being the only African American woman in the class of 1974. Mrs. Lewis comes from a family of educators -- her father, mother and husband, John Lewis, who is now retired, all were CPS teachers.


Add your own comment (all fields are necessary)

Substance readers:

You must give your first name and last name under "Name" when you post a comment at We are not operating a blog and do not allow anonymous or pseudonymous comments. Our readers deserve to know who is commenting, just as they deserve to know the source of our news reports and analysis.

Please respect this, and also provide us with an accurate e-mail address.

Thank you,

The Editors of Substance

Your Name

Your Email

What's your comment about?

Your Comment

Please answer this to prove you're not a robot:

5 + 4 =