* As if things aren’t already crazy enough right now…
With their contract expiring Tuesday, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is saying talks have now broken off with Chicago Public Schools and that CPS’ “bargaining rhetoric is as empty as their bank accounts.”
Lewis said at a news conference Thursday that CPS is threatening to slash 3,000 jobs as part of $200 million in cuts.
“CPS refuses to budge on our contract proposals that will have no cost impact on the district,” Lewis said.
Lewis said teachers didn’t ask for a raise but couldn’t give on non-economic issues, including how teachers are evaluated.
*** UPDATE *** From Mayor Emanuel…
“We are encouraged that both sides finally acknowledge that CPS is in a fiscal crisis and lacks the resources to provide additional compensation, and that is a step in the right direction. We urge CTU leadership to come back to the bargaining table. After years of our academic gains, now is not the time to shortchange our children by eliminating evaluations for tens of thousands of employees or lowering teachers’ performance standards.”