Posted: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
360,000 children were out of school as Chicago Teachers Union marched to City Hall in protest of fairer contracts, curriculum reform, and smaller class sizes. Beautiful day to protest students and teachers rights. #CTUstrike #chicago #uicdigital pic.twitter.com/ab1W9byWIQ— Maddies Soup (@acupofsoup) October 17, 2019
Chicago Teacher Union is officially on strike. After failing to reach an agreement in contract negotiations, over 25,000 teachers will be picketing outside of schools and CPS Headquarters in the Loop today #uicdigital pic.twitter.com/SoK1BAoJlm— Jessica Amezcua (@JessicaAmezcu15) October 17, 2019
On Thursday Oct. 17, the Chicago Teachers Union launched a strike affecting about more than 360,000 students and their families.
The strike was organized by the CTU because of failure to agree on a contract with Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot. The CTU is the nation’s third largest school district. They want a written contract for their requests, not verbal commitments as they have already been promised, but not received, from the district.
The CTU requested more support staff, such as social workers, nurses and librarians, to provide assistance that teachers cannot always offer. Also, limits of class sizes which have gone up to high 30s and in some cases, mid 40s. This is not allowing teachers to provide specific needs to every child.
According to an analysis of Google search data on Google Trends over the past week, the searches for strike action were higher than Chicago Public Schools. But they both had a strong connection. - Jaqueline Terrazas
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