Chicago Teacher’s Strike – Coming To A City Near You?

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First off, we want to emphatically state that SKoolAide is NOT political…EXCEPT when it comes to the subject as to how public policy impacts and/or disrupts the educational pathways. And even then, we want to make sure that we are representing the views, expressions, and voices of students, parents, and educators in a balanced way. Therefore we absolutely support and encourage responsible conversations from all points of the spectrum in the hope that workable and creative solutions can be developed.

Case in point…the recent teacher’s strike in Chicago. Obviously, this situation is affecting everyone in significant ways. The factors involved can just as easily be your school district. The following reflects the thoughts and opinions of two student reporters (for The Mash) that are directly affected by the strike but expressing opposing views.

Original article

For the strike: Daniaja Davis

Being a senior in high school is no easy task. There are college applications, grades to maintain and fighting seemingly contagious senioritis can seem nearly impossible. So much time is consumed between college and scholarship applications, school itself and extracurricular activities, that there’s barely enough time in a day. This applies to almost all high school students; there really is no time for anything extra.

That’s why I don’t agree with the longer school days, and I support the Chicago Teachers Union and our Chicago Public Schools teachers. CPS has added more time to the school day, and is not fairly compensating teachers for the added time in class. I think this is unfair to both students and teachers. Read the rest of Daniaja’s comments here

Against the strike: Kasey Carlson

The Chicago Teacher’s Union strike is not what students need, and it’s not what students want —at least not this student.

This strike has the potential of pushing back graduation dates, cutting into ACT prep time and putting AP students behind in studying for their tests in May. Between school days lost, summer days taken away and the fact that current students will be hurt by a break from the classroom, it’s hard to see how students might benefit from the strike in the future when we’re only seeing the negative effects from it right now.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this is a “strike of choice,” and that there are two issues to settle: teacher evaluations and principals’ ability to hire the teachers they want. I think if those are the only remaining issues, then this strike is unnecessary; these issues can be solved during the school year and shouldn’t take away from our right to learn inside the classroom, especially since we’ve already started school. Read the rest of Kasey’s comments here

Please share your thoughts as to which opinion you agree with the most and how you might look to break the impasse or avoid it altogether.

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