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Parents, Teachers Hold Forum to Outline What’s at Stake as CPS Strike Looms: ‘They Want to Create New Orleans in Chicago’

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, August 23, 2012

School librarian Nora Wiltsie argues for smaller class size and more equitable resources. Credit: Patty Wetli

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and CPS board were expected back at the bargaining table today as the prospect of the first teachers strike in 25 years grows increasingly likely. At a standing-room-only forum held Tuesday night at Old Town’s Szold Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave., representatives from CTU detailed the issues that have brought the union to the brink of a walkout, with parents offering support for the educators.

The event was sponsored by Parents 4 Teachers (P4T), a North Side-based community organization aimed at building an alliance between parents and teachers.

“We were just really fed up with the abuse teachers were taking,” said CPS parent and P4T member Erica Clark, a panelist at the forum. “You’d think the current contract battle is only about money. It’s about more than money from teachers’ point of view. They’re fighting for the things our kids really need in the classroom.”

Jackson Potter, staff coordinator for CTU, broke down the union’s sticking points, which many in the public had assumed were limited to the longer school day.

Read the complete story at Center Square Journal.

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