Chicago Teachers Strike

Monday, September 10, 2012

Entrance to Kelly High School in Chicago. (Eric Allix Rogers/flickr)

Thousands of teachers are on strike in Chicago after the teachers union and the city's education officials failed to reach an agreement on contract negotiations by midnight last night. 

Teachers have been in talks with officials in the city administration of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel for months now over wages and job security. 

The strike comes just as the new school year kicks in. It's expected to impact hundreds of thousands of students and families.  

Becky Vevea is an education reporter for Chicago Public radio. She's outside the Blaine school on Chicago's north side where a pickett line has formed.

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Comments [4]

CitizensArrest from Chicago

The big sticking point is VAM based teacher evaluations, which the experts who developed them say should not be used for individual teacher evaluations! http://www.epi-data.org/education/

Sep. 11 2012 11:32 AM
g gilliam from Oklahoma

Teachers deserve the tools they must have to teach with. They are forming this country's most valuable resource. ...our future Americans. How can we as a modern society not get this?!?! Class sizes are too big, books are expensive, (we won't delve into what smartboards cost!!). How can we justify what is spent on our national sports teams and NOT spend on our real MVP's- the kids! I am aware that budgets are strained...it really does seem however that our priorities are really off center. No wonder our kids are dreaming of breaking into sports or becoming the next "Idol" instead of doing medical or renewable energies research.

Sep. 10 2012 11:12 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I have two kids in The New York School system. I see what teachers have to put up with and my kids go to a good school. Teachers need to make a middle class income that gets increased every year. They need to be compensated for the kids who are making them nuts.

Sep. 10 2012 10:03 AM
norm scott from New York City

New York City teachers support the Chicago teachers in this strike. This is not about money but about creating decent teaching and learning conditions for children and teachers. The leaders of the Chicago school system went on strike against the kids and teachers a long time ago.

Sep. 10 2012 10:03 AM

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