“It’s certainly a step in the right direction,” CTU President Karen Lewis said. “We have a long way to go before this contract is settled.”
With that, the CTU announced a breakthrough in the historic negotiations with the Mayor on the issue of the longer school day.
From the beginning the Mayor had promised he would get a longer day out of the teachers. But he had no plan for what to do with it. And he had no plans to pay for it.
But a 98% strike vote, 10,000 teachers in the street and the report from the mutually agreed upon arbitrator who sided with the teachers on the need for compensation changed all that.
The school day will be longer for students, but not for teachers. CPS will have to rehire nearly 500 teachers who have been laid off over the past two years. Principals must hire from that pool.
Current instructional time for teachers (not students) remains equal to or close to current minutes.
If you surrender you will always lose. If you don’t fight you will never win.