June 22, 2018

Educators for Excellence-Chicago Responds to the Retirement of Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

June 22, 2018 (Chicago, Illinois) - Educators for Excellence-Chicago (E4E-Chicago), a teacher-led organization, responded today to the retirement of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis. Lewis announced today that she was stepping down due to health reasons; she has been battling glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, since 2014.  

As a teacher for 22 years, Lewis dedicated her time to her students. Elected as CTU president in 2010, Lewis then focused on advocating on behalf of teachers across the city.

“We are sad to hear that Karen’s health will not allow her to continue serving as president of CTU,” said Stacy Moore, Interim Executive Director of E4E-Chicago. “She has been a powerful advocate on behalf of her members and made sure that teachers had a seat at the table in policymaking in Chicago Public Schools. We wish her well and hope that the CTU will continue Karen’s legacy of ensuring teachers’ voices are heard on education issues in our city.”