With a potential strike looming, unionized Chicago teachers at the UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) rallied with their allies Thursday afternoon in their push for a “fair contract.”
They picketed outside the charter network’s downtown headquarters, 209 W. Jackson Boulevard, with signs that read: “We don’t want to strike but we’re ready” and “We will fight for a fair contract.”
“Our students are all low income, and (UCSN has) offices down here in this fancy building, and they’re not willing to make cuts at the top” to improve the quality of education for students, said Erica Stewart.
Chicago Public Schools officials heard familiar pleas for more school funding during a budget hearing Wednesday night in the South Loop.
CPS convened the 6 p.m. hearing to get public feedback on the district’s proposed $338 million capital budget for 2017. The hearing, held at the National Teachers Academy, was thinly attended and ended an hour early.
“I like the capital plan, but most people came here because they lost teachers at their school, they lost programs at their school,” Martin Ritter with the Chicago Teachers Union told CPS officials.