The Strike is Over!!

As you can see from the happy faces above, the strike is over!  Chicago Public Schools students will return to class Wednesday morning. Teachers voted today to end the 7-day long strike.

According to the members interviewed leaving the meeting, the majority of the 800 union delegates feel as though they have received CPS’ best offer.  In addition, many of the teachers feel that pressing the strike much longer will result in a negative tide in public sentiment, particularly amongst parents.  There is also a cost to teachers for each day they are on the picket line.  The average teacher is losing $259 dollars per day which may or may not be regained during make-up days at the end of the school year.

A retired teacher stated that school closings and the increase in charter schools are the next big battles in the union’s future.  I just hope these issues can be negotiated at the bargaining table and not during a strike.


Overall, I’m happy to be back at my regular job:  running reports, updating presentations and compiling spreadsheets.  I’ll miss some of the ChildrenFirst Payton team:  Omar Vega, Ed O’Hayer, Rashad Daviston, Constance Hines, Assistant Principal Washington and Principal Devine.  They each share the heart, talent, passion and strength needed to teach young minds in these challenging times.

p.s.:  Bananas!!



  I am a strong believer in individual accountability and collective action.  When not reading, working or blogging, I’m supporting my favorite charities: Teen Living Programs where I am a volunteer and Executive Board member and YWCA Chicago where I am an Associate Board Member. I am passionate about causes related to supporting youth, women and families. Particularly in the areas of education, social services and housing. I can be reached at if you would like to know more about my charities or the blog.


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