Unions

Former teacher Brandon Johnson is one of at least eight people challenging Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Most schools with three or more teacher layoffs were shrinking campuses. At least seven of the 22 schools are considered “underutilized” by the district.
The Chicago school district and teachers union have both said gaps remain on some key issues, such as exactly which employees should receive permission to work from home.
Major gaps remain on vaccination timelines, the amount of surveillance testing of school staff, and which educators should get accommodations.
Chicago Public Schools granted only 1 in 10 teacher requests to work remotely in order to care for their children at home.
The answer depends on how many individual teachers request health accommodations or unpaid leave, and the outcome of the increasingly tense negotiations between the school district and the city’s teachers union.
Chicago schools officials have met regularly with the Chicago Teachers Union representatives, but they haven’t agreed on a road map or even on the need for one.
Chicago officials are weighing calls by the teachers union and others to shift to a pass/fail approach, as districts nationwide re-examine grading amid remote learning.
The contract agreement, reached at the end of an 11-day strike, will next go to the school board for expected approval.
Seeking to avoid a strike less than six months into her term, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday she had sweetened the city’s offer to teachers, pledging an additional $2 million to grow the pipeline of critical support staff and another $1 million to reduce class sizes.
Chicago teachers voted to authorize a strike, setting the stage for a walkout less than six months into Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s term.