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May 7, 2019
Strikes of multiple charter and contract operators end with raises, class size caps
More than 800 students at two Instituto del Progreso Latino schools were expected to return to school Tuesday after striking educators and the…
May 2, 2019
Third Chicago charter strike puts spotlight on alternative schools that serve at-risk youth
Chicago’s third charter strike casts a spotlight on alternative charter schools, which serve some of the city’s most at-risk youth.
Turning up the heat
April 25, 2019
Teachers at five Chicago charter and contract schools poised to walk out Wednesday
Teachers at five charter and contract schools could walk out on their jobs Wednesday if a deal isn’t reached in bargaining sessions for a new contract.
April 10, 2019
More Chicago strikes ahead? Teachers at small school networks overwhelmingly authorize walkouts
At five small Chicago networks, 94 percent of teachers casting ballots this week voted to authorize a strike if needed, banding together to…
February 19, 2019
Charter teachers laud new contract on first day back at school after nine-day strike
After nine days on the picket line, teachers and paraprofessionals at four Chicago International Charter Schools were back in class Tuesday — with many…
February 18, 2019
Chicago’s second charter strike ends with pay wins for teachers and paraprofessionals
Chicago’s second charter school strike ended early Monday with the teachers union winning concessions on pay raises for teachers and paraprofessionals that will put their…
February 15, 2019
On Chicago charter strike, how far will the teachers union go?
Chicago’s second charter strike has now stretched over nine days. Beyond picket lines and hashtags on social media, the Chicago Teachers Union has…
February 8, 2019
Multiple layers, multiple CEOs: Strike puts charter management under microscope
Among the leaflets union officials distributed at Chicago’s four-school charter strike picket line this week was one with a bold line at the…
February 6, 2019
Union rejects pay deal and Chicago charter strike enters second day
Pay remains a sticking point between the teachers’ union and charter administrators.
February 5, 2019
Empty schools, busy picket lines and Bird Box memes on the first day of CICS charter strike
On the first day of a teachers strike at four Chicago International Charter Schools, the hallways of CICS Northtown sat empty. In the…
February 4, 2019
Second charter teacher strike in Chicago to begin Tuesday morning
While teachers plan to hit the picket line at 6 a.m., the network assured families that despite the strike the four schools would remain open.
February 4, 2019
Bargaining continues as educators prepare to walk out in nation’s second charter teacher strike
Schools will remain open for the four schools’ 2,200 students, the charter chain said, and pledged to staff the campuses with administrators and non-union employees.
February 1, 2019
Wage hikes vs. student services: As strike looms at second Chicago charter school, negotiations stall
With only one more bargaining session scheduled, teachers at four Chicago International Charter Schools are inching towards a Tuesday strike deadline that could…
Point of view
December 4, 2018
Dispatch from the picket line: Why five Acero charter teachers are on strike
Educators braved early-morning freezing temperatures and light snow to call for higher pay, more support staff, and an investment in special education at Acero schools.
Updated December 4, 2018
With no deal reached at bargaining table, Acero teachers begin nation’s first charter union strike
Fifteen Chicago charter schools are closed Tuesday after their teachers called a strike — making history with the nation’s first-ever strike of a charter…
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