The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Chicago Public Schools Standoff

Mar 14, 2016

Forrest Claypool, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, has been threatening for months to impose a 7% pay cut on teachers. Then the Chicago Teachers Union president made it clear that Chicago teachers were ready to strike if that happened – their timeline be damned! The clear counterthreat made the board back off the pay cut, for now. But Claypool came back, announcing three furlough days for everyone in CPS, including one school day. That amounts to a 1.6% pay cut.

The union leadership has said that it is sticking to a plan to have a one day shutdown on April 1st.

Teachers and school workers are right to stand up and fight for Chicago students’ education.