Chicago’s Students Go Back To School Today! Strike is Over!

Chicago Teachers Union agrees to end strike and send children back to school, Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Everyone went back to school for the 2012-2013 school year, except Chicago’s kids. Their school year jumped off with a strike.  But now after seven days of contract negotiations, CHILDREN WILL RETURN TO THE SCHOOL! THE STRIKE IS OVER!

The teacher’s union has agreed to suspend the strike because there is no way that they can solve everything wrong in the teaching environment all at one time.  Cool heads prevailed and took the deal laid out by all parties and agreed to get the children back into the classroom Wednesday. According to the Huffington Post, the Chicago Teacher’s Union felt confident about ending the strike:

“We feel very positive about moving forward,” CTU President Karen Lewis said in a press conference following Tuesday’s meeting. “People were actually elated to take the suspension of the strike vote…. We couldn’t solve all the problems in the world with one contract, so people voted to end the strike.”

There are a few things that have not been hammered out in the deal and the strike is only suspended while the union continues to review the contracts.  The union is merely hoping that Mayor Rahm Emanuel upholds his side of the deal or it appears they will hit the streets again.  Rahm sparked an alarm on Monday when he went to a judge to force a halt to the strike and return teachers to the classroom.  But the judge did not grant his request because he wanted to see the outcome of Tuesdays talks.  Forcing them back to work caused reluctance in what Rahm has to offer, so they are watching him from this point on.

Rahm had this to say:

“This settlement is an honest compromise, it means returning our schools to its primary purpose — education for our children,” Emanuel said during a press conference Tuesday. “This contract is a break with past practices and brings a fundamental change that benefits our children.”

Ummmmmmmmmmmhuh…teachers are surely saying “show me, don’t tell me.”

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-J.C. Brooks

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