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Chicago teachers and the nation’s third-largest school district reached a labor contract deal on Thursday, ending a strike that canceled 11 days of classes for more than 300,000 students.
Parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for an expected strike by Chicago teachers that prompted city officials to preemptively cancel Thursday’s classes in the nation’s third-largest school district.
“There is an agreement in principle,” Brian Coddington, the district’s director of communications and public relations, said Saturday evening. Until Oct. 8, no details will be revealed – not even the length of the proposed contract
Jeremy Shay, president of the Spokane Education Association, was the only speaker, but he was backed by about 200 teachers and other staff, most wearing red T-shirts and carrying “Union Strong” placards as they packed the board room.
The head of the Los Angeles teachers union hinted at contract talks resuming Wednesday as striking educators in the nation’s second-largest school district protested outside hundreds of schools for a third day.
The Central Valley School District and its teachers union reached a tentative agreement in contract talks Monday, according to the Central Valley Education Association.
The Seattle teachers union has rejected a call for a one-day strike on May 1 to protest legislative school-funding proposals many members consider inadequate.
The National Education Association, the nation’s largest labor union, says that more than 1 million people have used an online form during the past three weeks to email their Senators to urge opposition to Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary. More than 40,000 people have called Senators using a hotline the union set up to access the switchboard at the U.S. Capitol, NEA officials said.
Chicago Public Schools is laying off almost 500 teachers and another 500 school-based staff members, the district said Friday. The teachers being laid off will be eligible to apply for jobs in the district, which has about 1,000 teaching vacancies, officials said. The majority of affected personnel are expected to be hired into open positions at other schools, CPS said.
It took Spokane school administrators one week to shift from saying they were glad to be able to give raises to classroom aides, whom they’d been paying Wal-Mart wages, to blaming employees for “budget cuts” that might drive up the price of school lunches and district child care. It was an astonishing show of bad faith.
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire told the state’s largest teachers union that she will work to increase taxes to help the state meet its mandate to provide quality education. “I am traveling the state to send the message to legislators and taxpayers that we must have a new source of revenue because we cannot have money in the good times and no money in the bad times,” Gregoire said. “We have to have money all the time to meet our obligation to ensure the education of our children.”
SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on Saturday. Washington Education Association President Mary Lindquist said the union, which was expected to endorse the Democratic legislator, decided to formally recommend him to its members after hearing his concerns about state budget cuts and their impact on education.