The first day of teacher’s strike resulted in an exodus of 350,000 Chicago schools students kept from class. There has been no news of a new contract or amicable settlement between the school district and the teachers’ union.
Nearly 26,000 teachers participated in the strike, support staff included, focusing on the issue between the teachers and the Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who is pressing reforms on the schools around the city. The teachers were dressed in red T-shirt staging their protests, breaking through the barriers and creating a scene.
“Hey Rahm, how many kids in your child’s classroom?” read one sign at the district offices. People in the crowd were seen chanting, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Rahm Emmanuel has got to go.” The union calls the reform and the plan to care for kids a ‘track wreck’ It has inform that the caregivers for the children are not backed by good training and the children may just end up creating violence in high crime areas.
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney said the strike was uncalled for “I am disappointed by the decision of the Chicago Teachers Union to turn its back on not only a city negotiating in good faith but also the hundreds of thousands of children relying on the city’s public schools to provide them a safe place to receive a strong education,” Romney said in a statement on Monday. He said that the Obama government put more focus on the unions and not the student.
Meanwhile, the White House representative said that Obama has not taken any sides and he juust wants the strike to be settled amicable so that the students do not lose out on their education. Chicago teachers are known to make an average of $69,470 and $76,000 per year, which is second-highest to New York City. The Chicago school teachers have also asked for a 16 percent average salary rise, according to a report.
Chicago School Strike Pictures
Here are photos of Chicago school teachers on strike, dressed in red with placards and banners.