Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel insists that only two issues stand in the way
of a new contract between the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago
Teachers Union, yet reports indicate neither were discussed in negotiations yesterday.
Day one of the Chicago Teachers Union strike ended much the same way it began: with thousands of teachers united in protest.
Whereas the morning saw dozens of discrete groups of teachers arriving to picket outside of their respective schools,
the late afternoon's mass protest brought a sea of red CTU shirts to the
heart of downtown Chicago outside of the Chicago Public Schools
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had harsh
words today at a press conference outside the Board
of Education, indicating that a strike might be on the way. Another possible indication: The Board of Education unveiled a resolution at their monthly meeting for a Chicago Public Schools strike contingency plan.
Lewis was a bit more conciliatory a couple of hours after the press conference in remarks
before the Board. She said there would be a contract and that
“hopefully” there will be “movement on major issues” in the next few
days. Also, Lewis echoed the remarks of CPS officials that thanks to a potential new labor deal the Board of
Education will consider a fresh 2012-13 school year budget at their
We may know more about whether teachers will
stage a strike following a CTU House of Delegates meeting at 4:30 p.m.
today. * The union must provide CPS a ten-day notice prior to a walkout.
The majority of CPS schools start class September 4.
The clock is ticking on a new contract agreement between the Chicago
Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools after both the CTU House of
Delegates and Board of Education swiftly and unanimously rejected a
third party fact finder's report this afternoon.
recommended an 18 percent salary increase next year for teachers largely
due to implementation of a seven-hour school day. The union agreed with
the raise proposal from arbitrator Edwin Benn, but rejected other parts of the report
including Benn not prescribing a recall procedure for laid off
teachers. In addition to the well-documented salary dispute, these reasons for rejecting the
report will shape ensuing contract negotiations.
The Chicago Board Education unanimously approved Wednesday night to
close, phase out, or turnaround 17 academically struggling Chicago
A school slated for turnaround will see its entire staff – teachers, librarians, and principal – completely replaced.
said CPS’s decision targets a disproportionate number of schools whose
student populations are made up of predominantly low-income black and
Latino students. They warn that turnarounds will destabilize an already
fragile learning environment for these students.