At a meeting last night, the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates voted unanimously
to reject a series of budget concessions proposed by Chicago Public
Schools officials. In a release, President Karen Lewis wrote that her
members "voted for an end to the years of disrespect shown toward
teachers, paraprofessionals, and the students and families they serve."
The district, which announced plans Monday to drain a $190 million reserve fund and eliminate more than 1,700 school-based positions to balance its budget gap, still wants CTU to forgo a scheduled 4 percent pay raise.
The teachers claim the district could close $100 million of its hole
(roughly the cost of the pay hike) by adjusting city consulting