Throughout the summer, negotiations continued between the Chicago Teachers Union and school administrators and the mayor’s office. Mayor Rahm Emanuel was pushing for longer school days, hiring autonomy for principals, and a revamping of the teacher evaluation process. Teachers were looking for better pay increases, job security, smaller classroom sizes, and more services for their students. As the summer negotiations wore on, some were hopeful a strike wouldn’t have to happen. Others voiced fears that a strike was exactly where the teachers union was headed.
This video from the Chicago Teachers Union discusses what was learned from the teachers' strike.
Two Points of Contention
New York teachers have also been working without a contract since 2007, with major disagreements over how teachers should be evaluated in that state.