Illinois Radio Network: Chicago Teachers Prepare to Strike

By John Gregory - Illinois Radio Network WGBZ

2/3/2016

CTU’s “Big Bargaining Team” turned down the latest proposal from CPS Monday, saying in a statement the offer “"does not address the difficult conditions in the schools, the lack of services to our neediest students or address the longer-term fiscal crisis that threatens to gut public education in the city."...

Rauner’s preferred solution is legislation first proposed several weeks ago to allow CPS to be controlled by state-appointed oversight board, which would then be dealing with CTU in contract talks...
 
Democratic legislators from the city like State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) disagree, saying Rauner’s proposals, like allowing local units of government like CPS to declare bankruptcy, have hurt contract talks and worsened the financial condition of CPS.
 
“The rate at which CPS can borrow money has gone through the roof, and I think the governor’s statements about bankruptcy were directly responsible for that,” Guzzardi said. “The idea of taking over the district is not helping either.”

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