Scathing Protest Signs Show What Chicago Teachers Are Fighting For

2019-10-18 13:41:03

Thousands of Chicago teachers are on strike this week to demand lower class sizes, increases in the numbers of support staff, and racial and economic justice for educators and students.

The Chicago strike is the latest in a wave of teacher protests across the country in the last few years, and comes after months of failed negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union, the city and the school district.

The union has put forth a list of demands that includes things like more special education teachers, nurses and social workers; lower class size caps; and teacher salary increases. The strikers are also fighting to improve conditions outside the classroom by addressing issues like affordable housing, which significantly impacts both educators and their students. 

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