News in Brief

Chicago Teachers Poised to Strike

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Teachers in Chicago were poised to walk off the job Sept. 10, in what would be the first teachers' strike in the city in 25 years.

The union filed a strike-authorization notice Aug. 29. Despite continuing negotiations between the school district and the Chicago Teachers Union, union delegates declined at a meeting last week to push back the date for a walkout.

Relations between the district and the union have been strained over budgetary matters; policy issues, including class size and teacher evaluation; and the cancellation last year of a 4 percent salary increase.

The CTU has pressed for more arts programming, smaller classes, more counselors and paraprofessionals, and "recall rights" for teachers who are laid off, a policy that was eliminated in the mid-1990s. The union also opposes efforts to tie teacher evaluations in part to students' standardized-test scores.

The two sides agreed earlier in the summer on a longer school day, which will include the hiring of nearly 500 teachers.

At 403,000 students, the Chicago district is the nation's third largest. The city was planning to keep 144 of its 681 schools open and to provide enrichment activities for students should a strike occur.

Vol. 32, Issue 03, Page 4

Published in Print: September 12, 2012, as Chicago Teachers Poised to Strike
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories