Despite strong opposition from the Chicago Teachers’ Union, representing the educators, the Chicago Public Schools and the city administration have decided to reopen in-person classes on Monday
After the City met the union’s final demand regarding days missed due to the strike, the CTU declared a victory and classes will resume tomorrow
The strike by teachers and support staff of Chicago Public Schools entered its second week. While the city administration has made certain concessions, it has been unwilling to accept key demands, especially on hiring more support staff
The major demands of the teachers who are organized under the Chicago Teachers Union are better pay and benefits, fully staffed schools, smaller classrooms and justice for students and families
In addition to workers affiliated to the Chicago Teachers Union, support staff in schools affiliated with the Service Employees International Union will also join the strike
Chicago Teachers Union leadership said that the recent surge in teachers’ strikes is driven by resistance to more than a decade of austerity and the dire consequences of the push to privatize public education.
Educators in the state reject the lawmakers’ claim that they have prioritized K-12 education in the state budget 2019-2021.
Experts and teachers have repeatedly said that the salary of the teachers in Indiana is comparatively lower than the salary of teachers in the neighboring states.
The new contract includes 11% salary increase over 4 years and a one-time 3% bonus upon ratification. The teachers went on strike on February 21 after almost two years of unfruitful negotiations with authorities
The teachers’ union outrightly rejected the district school board’s proposal for 8% wage hike, and forced the board to postpone a decision on further fund cuts and layoffs
Apart from living wages and smaller classrooms, the members of Oakland Education Association (OEA), are also demanding more support staff and increased overview of chartered schools
The controversial bill, named SB: 451, was set to introduce charter schools in West Virginia for the first time, in a bid to privatize education