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CPS Tallies Cost Of New Teachers Contract In 2020: $33M, But Six Strike Days Will Save $68M

The district plans to make up five days of school canceled by the strike by holding class on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, June 17 and June 18.

Teachers protest at the O'Keeffe School of Excellence.
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DOWNTOWN — The tentative agreement that ended an 11-day strike by the Chicago Teachers Union will cost the Chicago Public School district $33 million in 2020, officials announced Tuesday.

In addition, the new contract with school support workers represented by the Service Employees International Union will cost CPS $15 million in 2020, according to CPS officials.

But those costs will be offset by $68 million banked after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s refused to make up six of the 11 school days canceled by the strike, a move that CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates called “petty” in another indication that despite the end of the strike, hard feelings remain.

Gates said district is “‘robbing’ educators.”

In all, the $7.84 billion CPS budget relies on $163 million from the city, including $66 million from surplus funds in the city’s Tax-Increment Financing Districts, CPS officials said.

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SEIU members have already ratified their new contract, while CTU members are scheduled to vote Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 to approve the deal.

The district plans to make up five days of school canceled by the strike by holding class on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, June 17 and June 18.

The revised calendar for the school year is expected to be approved by the Chicago Board of Education on Nov. 20, along with the new labor agreements with CTU and SEIU, officials said.

The board will hold public hearings from 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 “to collect feedback from members of the community” on the labor agreements as well as the revised calendar and budget.