Big meetings Wednesday for CPS board, union delegatesChicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard and CTU President Karen Lewis
Chicago School Board members and teacher union delegates officially weigh in Wednesday on long-awaited recommendations from an independent fact-finder that district officials contend could trigger layoffs of “upwards of 4,000 teachers” and cause massive increases in class size.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s hand-picked school board is set to gather for a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to take action on a non-binding report on how to resolve teacher contract talks that have festered since November.
An hour later, at 4:30 p.m., hundreds of Chicago Teachers Union delegates will convene at Plumber’s Hall to hear CTU President Karen Lewis outline the same report by fact-finder Edwin Benn. Afterwards, the CTU is expected to reveal its response to Benn’s recommendations.
The meetings miles apart occur as parents wonder if the two parties can ever meet in the middle and forge an agreement before classes start for one third of the system on Aug. 13 and for the remainder on Sept. 4.
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