The House of Delegates did not vote to end a strike today. At a press conference held Friday afternoon, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis stated that a summary had not yet been given to the delegates or bargaining team upon advisement from her attorney, and that they will wait to do so until a proposal is in full writing on Sunday. The bargaining team is expected to meet Sunday morning, followed by a House of Delegates meeting Sunday afternoon, to review the written proposal and vote on whether to suspend the strike.
The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, CNN and several other news outlets reported that a tentative agreement has been reached between the Chicago Teachers Union and the district. Ambiguous terms like “parent choice” and “principal freedom” have been thrown around but specifics have not yet been released.
Amongst the media frenzy about a deal on the teacher’s contract, CTU tweeted: “If you didn't hear it from @CTULocal1, it isn't true.”
During the ongoing battle, a new advertisement put out by Put Students 1st and Education Reform Now, urges CTU to end its strike. Watch the video below.
The Chicago Teachers Union released a video today called, “The Black & White Truth,” featuring parents, students and teachers all discussing the need for greater neighborhood school resources. Watch it below.
In a press release Friday, CTU President Karen Lewis was quoted saying, “When we say this isn’t about the money we don’t mean that our proposals won’t cost anything. We mean that we are not publicly engaged solely for our own self interests. If we do not use this moment to fight for our students we may lose it.”
Shortly after negotiations today, Chicago Board of Education president David Vitale said that “the heavy lifting is over,” and that parents should be prepared for school to resume on Monday.
The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel, that works with over 400,000 students and families. The last time teachers in the city went on strike was in 1987.