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Sandoval stands in solidarity with Acero teachers

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CHICAGO –State Senator Martin A. Sandoval (D-Chicago) announced his support Tuesday for teachers of Acero Charter Schools that have gone on strike.

“Time and time again, across the country, we see administrations unwilling to give teachers a voice in their negotiations for equitable pay, fair benefits and the changes needed to do what is right for their students,” Sandoval said. “I stand with the teachers of Acero Schools because their fight is a fight for our students and a fight for the future of the Southwest Side.”

The Chicago Tribune reported that the strike stems from differences on reduced class sizes, maternity and paternity leave, a revamped teacher evaluation system, better pay, commitments to special education services and guaranteed protections for undocumented students and families.

While Acero CEO Richard Rodriguez called the strike “political,” Sandoval said that Mr. Rodriguez should resign over his inept management and his lack of sensitivity toward the community, which has placed teachers and children in harm's way.

The 7,500 students that make up Acero Schools are predominantly Latino.

Acero is a 15-school network formerly known as the UNO Charter School Network. The two sides came to the brink of a strike in 2016, but ultimately came to a contract agreement.

“Public school teachers are near and dear to my heart,” Sandoval said. “My sister Socorro was a public school teacher. She was killed in a car crash at just 28 years of age, but she touched many lives and made a great impact. Educators that carry on her legacy deserve support from their administrations.”

Sandoval has been an education advocate for decades, successfully leading a grassroots effort in the 1990s to turn a vacant plot of land at 55th Street and South St. Louis Avenue into what is now Socorro Sandoval Elementary School and a public use park space.

Sen. Martin A. Sandoval


11th District

Years served:
2003 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy (Vice Chairman); Gaming; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Transportation (Chairperson); Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Full-time state legislator, born in The Back of the Yards, graduate of Loyola University in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in psychology; married (wife, Marina) has three children.