The union representing Chicago’s striking teachers says no progress has been made on the most contentious contract issues because the district didn’t submit any new offers.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the school board didn’t budge on proposals involving performance evaluations and recall rights for laid-off teachers.
That means students will be out of the classroom for the second day as teachers walk the picket lines for the first time in 25 years.
At issue are the following points:
- End the chronic defunding of neighborhood schools; reclaim TIFs and tax the rich.
- End the race and class disparities in quality of CPS education; fully fund quality public education for all Chicagoans regardless of race, money, special needs or legal status.
- Don’t use our budget for failed experiments like charters and excessive testing that benefit political interests over kids’ education. The community should control how its money is spent.
- Open up bargaining over ‘permissive issues’ that effect classroom quality most including; class size, staffing, services, curriculum.
- The mayor’s appointed board is more concerned with attacking teachers than helping kids. We demand an elected representative school board as our democratic right.
I think Randy Bryce summed up my thoughts towards Chicago’s Democratic Mayor, Rahm Emanuel: