Oct 31, 2019

Chicago schools reach tentative agreement to end strike

Supporters of the teachers strike in Chicago, Oct. 23. Photo: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Chicago public school teachers, who have been on strike since Oct. 17, fighting for reduced class sizes, more resources and a 15% raise over the next three years, reached a tentative agreement with the city on Thursday, AP reports.

Where it stands: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot committed to making up five days of canceled classes that resulted from the 11-day strike, AP reports. About 300,000 students and their teachers are expected to return to classrooms on Friday.

Details: The tentative agreement in the nation’s third-largest school district includes an expansion of discrimination protections for Chicago teachers on the basis of ethnicity, gender, pregnancy status, religion, immigration status, and genetic information.

  • It also commits the Chicago board to create a pool of substitute teacher assistants to work in early childhood classrooms and bans the board from privatizing clinician jobs.

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