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'Hopes dashed': Chicago teachers strike to enter fourth school day


Added 10-21-19 10:10:03pm EST - “School classes were called off for a fourth day in Chicago after the city and st...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “'Hopes dashed': Chicago teachers strike to enter fourth school day”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - School classes were called off for a fourth day in Chicago after the city and striking teachers in the third-largest U.S. school system failed to settle a contract dispute over issues such as class size and staffing.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) said it had canceled classes and after-school activities on Tuesday for its 300,000 students, who have been out of school since Thursday when the system’s 25,000 teachers went on strike.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) called the work stoppage after contract negotiations failed to produce a deal on pay, overcrowding in schools and a lack of support staff such as nurses and social workers.

The strike is the latest in a wave of work stoppages in U.S. school districts in which demands for school resources have superseded calls for higher salaries and benefits.

In Chicago and elsewhere, teachers have emphasized the need to help underfunded schools, framing their demands as a call for social justice.

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