Charter Schools Strike Continues

Craig Dellimore
December 05, 2018 - 5:22 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Day Two of the Acero Charter Schools strike found teachers filling the sidewalks around Chicago Public Schools headquarters.

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said the objectives haven’t changed in the nation’s first strike in a charter school network: Members want fair wages, smaller class sizes and more resources for the students. 

Fifth-grade Teacher Martha Baumgarten — who’s on the bargaining team — said teachers haven’t seen sufficient movement from management.

Acero officials accuse the union of having an anti-charter political agenda.

Teachers and their supporters marched Wednesday in the cold outside CPS headquarters ahead of the Board of Education meeting, saying they want more resources in the classrooms at the Acero Charter Schools.

The teachers say they’ll keep bargaining and striking, until they get what’s right.