Teachers in Chi town have HAD ENOUGH! Striking for the first time in 25 years, Chicago’s teachers set up picket lines this morning after talks with public school officials ended over the weekend without resolution.
“Rahm says cut back, we say fight back,” picketers dressed in red T-shirts chanted this morning outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters.
This is about as much as we can do,” Vitale said. “There is only so much money in the system.”
The district said it offered teachers a 16 percent pay raise over four years and a host of benefit proposals.
With a strike, CPS will put its contingency plan in effect, opening 144 schools to students from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. But parents are being urged to find alternatives and use the schools only as a last resort. The city’s 118 charter schools are not affected by a strike.
The last strike lasted 19 days in 1987. Given the current economic climate this will be interesting to watch. Granted teachers deserve to be paid more, that goes without saying. It is laudable that a jurisdiction has begun leading the fight to increase teacher wages, however, an estimated four hundred thousand (400K) young people have nothing to do during what should be academic time.