Posted BY: Rajan Laad
A few days ago, WTTW News, which is a PBS station in Chicago, reported that Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s reelection campaign sent an email to Chicago public school teachers urging them to encourage their students to volunteer for Lightfoot’s reelection campaign in exchange for class credit.
The email was sent to teachers’ official work email accounts suffixed with ‘cps.edu’. It remains unclear how many Chicago teachers received the email which was sent by Lightfoot’s deputy campaign manager.
The email states that students in the “externship program” would have to dedicate 12 hours per week to the Lightfoot campaign.
Lightfoot’s campaign spokesperson issued a statement claiming the effort was meant “to provide young people with the opportunity to engage with our campaign, learn more about the importance of civic engagement and participate in the most American of processes.”
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They were attempting to disguise it as an educational opportunity for students.
Then WTTW News published the contents of the email which received a deserving backlash from all, including other candidates in Chicago’s mayoral race.