More than 550 Chicago educators and education support professionals made history today when they stood together for what is believed to be the first-ever charter school strike.
Members of Chicago Teachers Union hit the picket lines this morning at all 15 Chicago-area schools in the Acero charter network. The educators are striking for more resources for students, better working conditions for educators and more diversity in the workforce. They also want the charter schools designated as “sanctuaries” from immigration enforcement, among other items.
One striking teacher told Labor Notes the action is intended to put a check on school privatization efforts and the idea that education is a business.
“We could potentially let the people who want to privatize and the charter proponents know that there is a potent force to stand against you and protect the kids.” – Joanna Wax Trost, Chicago educator