Mayor Lightfoot Open To Compromise With CTU Over Strike Make-Up Days

Craig Dellimore
October 31, 2019 - 11:50 am
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is willing to discuss a compromise on the issue of making up school days lost to the Chicago Teachers Union strike, but she’s also insisting CTU make the next move.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is willing to discuss a compromise on the issue of making up school days lost to the Chicago Teachers Union strike, but she’s also insisting CTU make the next move.

Mayor Lightfoot said she is glad the CTU accepted the proposed tentative agreement school officials crafted, but she was firm on the teachers' insistence that ending the strike depends on the Chicago Public Schools making up days of instruction lost to the strike.

"What I am not willing to do is a take-it-or-leave-it unilateral demand, which is what they have given," Lightfoot said. "I haven't heard anything new from them. I have no sense that they are willing to compromise. If they want to come to the table, in the spirit of compromise, I am certainly going to listen."

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson agrees making up 11 school days is a non-starter.

"Many families have already begun to make plans for the summer. If we make up all of these days, school will extend into the end of June, going into July. We have had enough disruption this year," she said.

The Mayor will not talk about what form of compromise it will take.