Articles By Yana Kunichoff, Chalkbeat Chicago
Since 2001, at least 16 public schools have closed in Englewood while charters continue to open.
If the mayor agrees, the deal potentially ends a two-week strike and sends the district’s 25,000 teachers back to work.
“On… issues like class size and staffing we have gotten the closest we have ever been.”
The city estimates its offer to the teachers union at $500 million over a proposed five-year contract.
“My morale is pretty low. I feel a bit defeated, but I am still going to keep coming back each day," one teacher said Friday.
The union hinted at a deal that could lead to school resuming Monday. “That is absolutely our hope,” said Jennifer Johnson, the union’s chief of staff.
Striking teachers rallied in the Loop Wednesday morning at the start of Day5 of the strike.
“Unless there’s a change at the top of the city in regards to their willingness to make meaningful changes, we’re not likely seeing a quick settlement to the current strike,” union President Jesse Sharkey said.
The Chicago Teachers Strike enters its second week.