September 7th, 2012
03:51 AM ET

Chicago braces for possible teachers' strike - its first in 25 years

Chicago is bracing for a teachers' strike that could affect hundreds of thousands of students next week in the nation's third-largest school district.

Teachers and support staff set a walkout date for Monday, which would mark the first time they have gone on strike in 25 years.

"This is a difficult decision for all of us to make," said Karen Lewis, the union president . "But this is the only way to get the board's attention and show them we are serious about getting a fair contract which will give our students the resources they deserve."

If it happens, it will affect about 400,000 students, including some from neighborhoods struggling with crime and gang problems.

City officials scrambled to minimize the disruption by setting up 144 sites to provide a "safe environment, food and engaging activities" for students if the strike occurs.


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  1. chrissy

    lol @ banasy, ya know what else those initials stand for right? Hatred, and thats pretty appropriate too!

    September 7, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I am stymied by folks who actually think that way.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    What these so called teachers are saying is ... " I would like to live to a certain degree of comfort and if I don't get it, you don't get an education"
    In contrast, a REAL teacher says ... " I have always had a passion for filling others minds with knowledge and seeing it bloom. That's worth more to me than a elite scholarly paycheck.

    The motivation of these teachers is what exposes them for who and what the really are.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    This is the CPS that we are talking about, and love of teaching shouldn't go hand in hand with being flat broke.
    The motivation is that they have been making concessions for years, and for the most part are frigging tired of it.
    If there is not a livible wage involved, most people will not do a job; even if they love it.

    September 8, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Mary, how would YOU like a big fat cut in pay? Bet you would be singin a different tune if it were you! Teachers are already underpaid as it is & they have a huge responsability! Not 2 mention the disrespect they recieve from the brats in todays society!

    September 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Again, Jesus was flat broke, yet he gave the knowledge of God's word and opened the door ( the giving of his life, what greater concession could one make?) to everlasting life for those who exercise that knowledge so that we might be spared.
    As for the livible wage argument ... they seem to be setting the 'bar' wayyy to low. A true livible wage is in sacrificing ones own comfort to fight Satan and his demons for just one more soul to understand Gods food so that that person might live (reap the rewards beyond a simple livible wage) forever.
    Hence, that "livible wage" becomes a wage to live forever for both teacher and student. Not simply just in this moment.
    See? All things come back to the point which we find ourselves in a fight against the Liar... Satan.
    If this is too dramatic... then wait to see how one feels in the last seconds of life... Death forever being the wage

    September 9, 2012 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Numskullduggery

      How was Jesus in the math and sciences? DOH!

      September 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I would suggest that even Our Lord Jesus would be hard-pressed to be able to teach Chicago's children in a setting that has drastically changed from 2000 years ago.
    I would also suggest that one quits their job(s) and go out into the streets of Chicago to teach to the children; even better yet, into one of the classrooms to face what Chicago teachers face every day.
    Furthermore, if one has no idea what Chicago teachers face each and every day, one shouldn't speak of things they have no knowledge of.
    As there *is* a separation of Church and State in the CPS, whether one likes it or not, these teachers sure as heck DO deserve a livable wage, and Jesus doesn't enter into the equation when faced with the tough reality of the CPS system, unless it's to say, "Jesus, don't shoot me" right when some banger pulls his weapon on the teacher.

    September 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    I should confess that I am a liar and a prodigy of Satan. I'm just jealous of teachers because I make minimum wage and I always wanted to be a teacher but I couldn't pass the college boards.

    September 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
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