At 12:01 a.m. today, for the first time in 25 years, more than 29,000 teachers and education professionals of the Chicago Teachers Union (
) were forced out on strike to gain a contract that provides students with the education they deserve.
CTU expressed disappointment in the school district’s refusal to concede on issues involving resources for students, job security and compensation—including the district’s decision to strip teachers and paraprofessionals of an agreed-upon 4 percent raise. Resources for students also are highlighted in a one-page paper excerpt of their 46-page comprehensive study, “
The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve
,” outlining the type of school and educational environment their students should have. Its recommendations include: