CHICAGO (AP) — The two sides in negotiations to avert what would be the first Chicago teacher strike in a quarter-century are digging in, just weeks after a major breakthrough in the talks.
Teachers picketed outside a school district office Wednesday in the shadow of a giant inflatable rat. Inside, school board members authorized spending $25 million in the event teachers do go on strike.
The brinksmanship came just weeks after the two sides reached an agreement on hiring new teachers to allow for a longer school day. That issue once seemed to be the biggest roadblock to a new contract, but the bargaining and posturing has not let up.
In just weeks, all 400,000 Chicago students are set to be back in public schools.