Chicago strike: The key issues keeping teachers out of the classrooms
As it is believed the teacher strike in Chicago will extend to a second day keeping some 350,000 students out of school, lets take a look at some of the key issues that have landed the educators on the picket lines instead of behind a desk.
Amid rumors that many schools across Chicago will be closing in the near future, many teachers feel their jobs may be in jeopardy and are picketing for the right to know whether or not they’d need to find a new place of employment.
Health benefits and compensation:
According to a press release from the Chicago Board of Education, teachers are pushing for better health care benefits and an increase in compensation — a 16% increase to be exact.
The Board announced yesterday that they had already had a deal in place that would permit a 16% salary increase for all teachers across the Chicago school district over a period of for years — costing the city some $380million.
Teacher evaluation system:
One of The Chicago Union’s most prominent members, Karen Lewis, said in an additional press release that far to much emphasis is being placed on test scores; which is sort of true.
“This is no way to measure the effectiveness of an educator. Further there are too many factors beyond our control which impact how well some students perform on standardized tests such as poverty, exposure to violence, homelessness, hunger and other social issues beyond our control,” the union said in its news release.
The school district’s proposal? The admin isn’t exactly budging on the regulation system, but is proposing that the district take further steps to help students advance in studies and meet the requirements to successfully finish school.
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