Charter School Strike Off After Teachers Reach Deal, Union Says

Andy Dahn
December 09, 2018 - 10:24 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM Newsradio) — After a strike that began on Tuesday of last week, more than 500 Chicago teachers and paraprofessionals will be back in Acero Charter School classrooms on Monday.

An agreement reached early Sunday morning between union members and Acero leadership aligns educator's pay with the pay scales in Chicago Public Schools, reduces class sizes and opens the door for sanctuary protections for students and their families. Teachers went on strike last week, resulting in canceled classes for  Acero's 15 schools with 7,500 students. 

"Good things come to those who wait," one teacher told a packed Chicago Teachers Union Headquarters on Sunday afternoon. "That's what we did. Awesome job, everyone."

CTU President Jesse Sharkey acknowledged the fight wasn't easy.

"You have to be willing to step out and take the risk," he said. "You have to be willing to raise your voice up. You have to be willing to strike."

The celebratory rally included passionate speeches from elected officials such as State Rep. Melissa Conyers-Ervin.

"Teachers and our students deserve better," she said. "As a parent, I thank you for fighting for my child and all children across Chicago."

Sunday's agreement ends the first strike of a charter operator in the nation.

The union has planned a rally and press conference  for 1 p.m. Sunday, when more details of the deal will be announced.