This week, one of the major news headlines is something that is affecting thousands of kids only fifteen miles away from my house. According to this CNN article, "the nations third-largest public school system entered Sunday without a contract with teachers and with a strike looming." Most Chicago Public Schools started only this past Monday, September 4th but with Mondays school day starting in less then 12 hours and no contract, parents and students are planning on no school for the upcoming week or two. No school "for about 400,000 students" will cause big problems, the first being that children won't be able to get an education for the day. This is extremely important for children who live in neighborhoods where going to school is an escape for about eight hours. Secondly, especially for the younger children, parents will need to stay home from work. Lastly, depending on how long the strike lasts, the last day of school could be in early July which disrupts children's summer break plans and schedules.
The reason for the strike is because of the amount of money the CPS teachers are getting payed. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel successfully managed to extend all of CPS school days, however the teachers are arguing that because of the extended time in school, they need to be getting paid more. According to this Chicago Tribune article, "the union rejected the district's last known offer of 2 percent increases each year for four years, saying teachers deserve more because of the longer school day that Emanuel successfully pushed." I agree with the CPS teachers. I think teachers should be getting paid more, especially if they are going to be working longer hours.
One of the most unique things about America is it public school systems. However in the past ten years or so because of the lack of funding many of the public schools have begun to fail. In order to combat this, people like Rahm Emanuel have tried to fix them with longer school days and a longer school year. But in order to start fixing problems like these, teachers need to be on board for them. Because if they aren’t then it is going to cause even bigger problems like the one CPS is facing today. What do you think, should CPS give in to the teachers request of a pay raise?