Yesterday we shared our contingency plans for the District in the event of a strike. While we believe a strike can be averted through continued negotiations, and are committed to remaining at the bargaining table, we wanted to provide timely information to answer CPS families' questions.
Similarly, we’ve heard questions from you about the content of the negotiations – and we feel it's important to share what we can. Our intention is not to start negotiating a contract in public, but to provide you with the framework for negotiations as this important process continues.
Attached, you’ll find an overview document which outlines the independent arbitrator’s contract recommendation. (This can also be found at cps.edu/blog.) In January, we reached significant agreements on quality-of-life issues, including more freedom on grading, fewer evaluations, less paperwork and establishing community schools. Those quality-of-life agreements are also included in this overview.
Together with principals and parents, teachers have again helped get the school year off to a strong start - building on their remarkable work from last year, which is why we will do everything possible to reach an agreement, keep students in the classroom and provide teachers with the best deal possible given our financial situation.
Looking to the coming days, CPS is open and willing to listen to any ideas from the CTU leadership that will make this framework work better for both parties. We believe by continuing to have an open dialogue, we can reach a final agreement and avert a strike.
Forrest Claypool Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Executive Officer Chief Education Officer