Roy Gilbert

CPS makes offer, CTU balks — RASHID eyes Board of Review — ARENA, HEALEY power moves

Happy Tuesday, Illinois! Just when you thought impeachment drama couldn’t get any more eye-popping comes news that Trump pressed Australia to help investigate the Mueller inquiry. Crikey! Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union return to the bargaining table today with a new offer from the city that includes hiring 200 more social workers and giving immediate 14 percent salary hikes to nurses and other paraprofessionals who work in the schools — many of whom are Latina and African American women who live in the communities where they work. That’s on top of the 16 percent salary hikes , beefed up health benefits for teachers and additional funding for teachers’ assistants to help handle overcrowded classrooms. The package isn’t swaying CTU, which last week authorized a strike that could start as early as next week if contract negotiations aren’t resolved. CTU President Jesse Sharkey says the CPS offer isn’t enough. In a statement to Playbook, he said, “This offer does not honor our teachers or our support staff, including our lowest wage workers, our teaching assistants, hundreds of whom in 2024 of CPS’ proposed contract will still earn wages so low their children will be eligible for free school lunches under federal poverty guidelines.” Another pressure point is CTU’s demand to increase the number of social workers to a recommended one-per-220 students over three years. The cost would be an unfeasible $800 million, according to the city — which sees other problems, too. It says history shows that […]

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