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Elizabeth Warren to Elevate Her Pro-Union Status by Joining Striking Teachers in Chicago

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is working to elevate her status as one of the most outspoken pro-union presidential candidates and is expected to join teachers in Chicago on Tuesday as part of their ongoing strike, visiting a South Austin elementary school and “picketing with teachers and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten,” according to local reports.

NORFOLK, VA - OCTOBER 18: Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during a town hall event on October 18, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia. Warren discussed measures to curb corruption in Washington, implement structural changes to counter income inequality, and protect democracy. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Chicago Public Schools Admits to Inflating Graduation Rates for Four Years

Administrators of the Chicago Public Schools were forced to lower the last four years’ graduation rates after admitting they inflated the passing rates and fudged the number of dropouts. The schools’ Inspector General had raised the alarm over the falsified stats early this year, but the district took no action until October. That was five months after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won re-election, in part, because he used the false statistics as a campaign issue.

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