CPS Strike

Laura Kristie, staff

If the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public School (CPS) system can’t reach an agreement on their contract, Chicago children will definitely be left behind.  District spokeswomen Becky Carroll said she and the Chicago Public Schools are ready if the Chicago Teachers Union decides to strike.

            The Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public School are failing to reach an agreement on salary. They can’t agree on salary, job evaluations, pay hikes based on expericene and the rehiring policy for teachers that have been laid off. The CTU is threatening to strike if they don’t get what they want.  Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the CPS administration made a deal on a longer school day and that would hire more teachers that were previously fired. The teachers would be working the same number of hours even though the students are in school longer. The Chicago Teachers Union isn’t satisfied with the Chicago Public Schools. The Chicago Teachers Union gave President Karen Lewis the approval to file a ten day strike notice when she thinks it’s the right time. Naturally this impasse is causing many parents to be upset.

Because of the strong possibility of a strike, parents are enrolling their children in charter school attempting to ensure that their children won’t be left behind. Part of the plan if they strike is that the students will come to opening schools or other city buildings and they will receive breakfast, lunch and participate in organized activities. They cannot engage in traditional class without certified teachers, because it is prohibited by state law. “Students can’t afford to be removed from their classroom at a time when they’re starting to make progress with the full school day. They belong in school with their teachers, which is why we need to stay at the table and keep negotiating, every day if needed, until we reach a fair resolution as a strike would only hurt our kids.” says Becky Carroll, according to the Chicago Tribune.  The CPS has budgeted as much as twenty-five million on a plan if the teachers strike. As now no resolution has occurred.