Articles By Cassie Walker Burke, Chalkbeat Chicago
Live Updates From Chicago Teachers Strike Day 4: Elizabeth Warren Rallies Strikers; A $500 million Contract Cost
Union President Jesse Sharkey warned Monday that a quick settlement was now “not likely” and fewer members of its big bargaining team would attend negotiations on Tuesday.
The Chicago Teachers Strike enters its second week.
Bargaining between City Hall and the Chicago Teachers Union ended Saturday night with reports of continued progress on two key issues — class size caps and support staff — but a stall in three other critical areas.
“We have bent over backwards to meet CTU’s concerns," the mayor's office said in a statement. But the CTU called the offer "inequitable."
If three-quarters of the union’s members agrees then to authorize a strike, teachers could walk out by Oct. 7.
It is among several community child care centers suddenly and inexplicably losing funding, despite a pledge by two successive Chicago mayors to invest more in early learning.
About $1 in every $5 spent will go toward a universal pre-K expansion.
Chicago's new mayor overhauled the board that oversees the Chicago Public Schools.
Lightfoot, who was sworn in Monday, campaigned on a promise to support a switch from a school board appointed by the mayor to one selected by the public.